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We have to do better, says Griquas coach

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Scott Mathie: “We will need to work hard on our defence as we found ourselves too narrow in our defensive line.”

Neethling Fouche of the Stormers runs with the ball during the Super Rugby Unlocked match between Tafel Lager Griquas and the DHL Stormers at Tafel Lager Park in Kimberley on Saturday. Picture: Carl Fourie / Gallo Images

IT WAS another extremely disappointing outcome and poor display from Tafel Lager Griquas at Tafel Lager Park, when the DHL Stormers ran circles around the hosts on Saturday, winning 39-6, and running in six tries to nil.

Griquas captain Zak Burger said after the game that their error-riddled performance was their downfall. “Far too many unforced errors and penalties cost us the game and you can’t win games like that. You also can’t let the opposition take their opportunities from your mistakes and turn them into points”.

Asked about next week’s fixture when they will be hosting the Sharks on Friday, Burger said that a big improvement was needed. “We will have to improve on our game and will discuss our plans on Monday after we have seen the video (of the Stormers game), and try and lift our game to produce a better performance against the Sharks”.

Griquas coach Scott Mathie said that the team’s defence needed a shake-up. “It was another disappointing performance and one we need to rectify quickly as we have a short turnaround this week. We will need to work hard on our defence as we found ourselves too narrow in our defensive line.

“We also struggled to secure our line-out ball which again hampered our ability to get any rhythm on attack,” he said.

Mathie did, however, say that there were some high points to build on. “The positives we will take is that our scrum functioned well against the top scrum in the country. We were also able to keep their maul at bay.

“We must continue to build on this.”