Lions calls surprised Stormers boss

Date published: March 2 2015

Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee was surprised by some of the decision-making from the Lions at the end of Saturday's game.

The Lions rejected the chance to draw the match by turning down two kickable penalties as they went for the victory, ultimately coming up short.

“It was odd to me that they tried a drop-goal to draw the game and then later on they turned down two kickable penalties that would have drawn the game," Coetzee told reporters.

"They were brave and they played well, and the Lions definitely had us under pressure there towards the end, and also earlier in the game, mostly from our own mistakes.”

Coetzee added that he felt his side were worthy winners, given the way they came out on top during the big moments of the game.

“I understand that the Lions might think they deserved to win, but the better team on the day is the one that plays the big points well, and we did that in this game.

“Our lineouts were poor, but in the one lineout that really mattered we got our execution right and we won the ball and drove over the line for what was effectively the winning try. Then Kurt Coleman kicked a pressure conversion from the touchline. Those were big points, pressure moments, and we prevailed when it mattered.

"That is what wins games and separates the winning teams from the losing ones.”

Number eight and captain Duane Vermeulen was also pleased with the side's composure as they fought back to win at Ellis Park.

“We were chasing the game and that is always in the back of your mind when you are behind, but I thought we kept really cool under pressure,” said Vermeulen.

“We knew what we had to do to score when we set up that attacking lineout (with three minutes to go). We needed to score a try to win, and in the end it came down to one lineout with good execution on a night when our lineouts weren’t good at all. Obviously that is something we need to work at. Particularly in the wet weather you struggle if your set piece doesn’t work.”