“Our line-outs were good as was our attack, but the scrums were inconsistent. Although they were not too bad in the first half."
The Tafel Lager Griqua team have a few adjustments to make after they lost narrowly to a second-string Cheetahs outfit on Saturday, going down 38-33. The game was a pre-season warm-up and at the same time a curtain-raiser to the Cheetahs vs Osprey Pro14 fixture that was played at the Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein.
The half-time score was 26-21 to Griquas, and it has to be said that the two teams were pretty evenly balanced throughout the game as the score changed hands a few times during the game.
Griquas head coach, Brent Janse van Rensburg said that the overall performance of the team was satisfying. “We played well in the first half with some good improvement from the forwards, especially at the breakdowns and mauls.
“Except for one maul towards the end of the match,” he added, “where we conceded their final try after being 33-all.”
Janse van Rensburg said that the coaching staff know what to work on this week. “Our line-outs were good as was our attack, but the scrums were inconsistent. Although they were not too bad in the first half.
“We will work on (the scrums) during this week before we take on the Blue Bulls at Loftus on Saturday.”
The coach said the defensive effort by Griquas was encouraging. “We stopped quite a few of the Cheetahs mauls during the game until we fell into the ‘ill discipline’ mode and we were penalised far too many times during the second half. At the same time, we started making far too many handling errors which cost up some tries that we could have had.”
The coach said that a few players would be returning from playing the Varsity Cup and will have to be integrated back into the team’s style of play.
But the coach says that things are looking good at the moment.
“I am very happy with the commitment of the players, which is very encouraging to me and the coaching staff,” Janse van Rensburg said.