Whiteley: We lost our intensity

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:33

REACTION: Lions captain Warren Whiteley was not happy with his team's intensity in the second half of their 42-19 win over the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The Johannesburg side dominated play in the first half scoring five tries to the Kings' two for a 35-12 half-time lead.

However, in Lions were unable to match their first-half intensity in the second 40 with the Kings applying more pressure on Johan Ackermann's charges. In the end, the Lions were only able to score one more try in the second half, which was enough for them to secure a bonus point.

"Credit must go to the Kings, they played with great intensity in that second half and they started really well," Whitely told reporters after the game.

"If it was not for them losing possession a couple of times they probably would have scored, so we were quite fortunate there.

"We just lost our intensity. We not playing with the same intensity as in the first half. We were not getting quick ball, we were disrupted at the breakdown. Finishing was also not good in that second half. 

"I am still very proud of the team. We had to score that extra try to get the bonus point - we know how crucial those bonus points are late in the competition." 

Ackermann agreed that his team struggled in the second half. 

"The second half was very disappointing," said Ackermann. "We lost our intensity, we lost the focus and we made a lot of handling errors. There was a lot of things to work on. 

"But in hindsight, it is a perfect result if you get the bonus point when there is still a lot to work on. 

"If you walked away here with a bigger margin you probably would have taken it for granted that things will just happen. If we played like that against a New Zealand side we probably would have got punished, so it shows you that we have to lift our game."

Ackermann said his team did not have the best of preparations leading up to the match.

"We were always nervous. We did not have a great week of preparation. There was a stomach bug going through the team so we had to cancel Thursday's practice and some of the guys only started to feel better yesterday [Friday]." Ackermann added.


There are currently no matches being played
Fri, 23 March 2018
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 51 | 27
Sat, 17 March 2018
Jaguares v Reds 7 | 18
Wales v France 14 | 13
Lions v Sunwolves 40 | 38
England v Ireland 15 | 24
Stormers v Blues 37 | 20
Italy v Scotland 27 | 29
Brumbies v Sharks 24 | 17
Highlanders v Crusaders 25 | 17
Fri, 16 March 2018
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 31 | 25
Edinburgh v Munster 12 | 6
Chiefs v Bulls 41 | 28
Sun, 11 March 2018
Wales v Italy 38 | 14
Sat, 10 March 2018
Jaguares v Waratahs 38 | 28
France v England 22 | 16
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 4 3 0 1 15
Waratahs 4 2 1 1 10
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Sunwolves 4 0 0 4 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 3 3 0 0 13
Hurricanes 3 2 0 1 10
Crusaders 4 2 0 2 10
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Blues 4 1 0 3 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 5 4 0 1 19
Stormers 5 2 0 3 9
Sharks 4 1 1 4 9
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4