Pumas to improve for the game against the Lions

BY NATALI IVERSON - SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Steval Pumas coach, Jimmy Stonehouse, was disappointed with his team’s 31-27 loss against the GWK Griquas in Kimberly on Saturday.

Stonehouse said that his team’s performance was not up to their usual standard and he expects the Pumas to improve for Saturday’s Currie Cup game against the Golden Lions at Ellis Park.

“I think it was the worst performance we have given in the history of Puma rugby, especially when you take into account some players’ performances, which are supposed to be at a high level, but were unbelievably poor,” Stonehouse said.

“The personal mistakes and faults were things that cost us, but despite that we could have still won the game at the end, but it didn’t happen.

“Now our path forward is just a lot tougher and it will take a lot of hard work from the players to get back to the top.”

The Lions are presenting to be a challenge in this year’s Currie Cup and the Pumas are going to have to work harder in the upcoming match.

Stonehouse has said that he will make minimal changes to his team for the game against the Lions.

“I’m not planning to change too much, we always need to focus on our strengths, we know how to play them, and that they throw the ball around a lot, and that their level of mistakes is low.

“One of their biggest strengths is their ability and skills that they have to get ball in contact areas. Our players will need to be at their best and need to move across the field quickly and stand up in the set-pieces.

“Still there is no reason we cannot beat them on their home field,” he added.

 

Photo Caption: Jimmy Stonehouse, Pumas Coach. Photo courtesy of www.rugby365.com