Pumas target Valke and Lions
24 Jul 2006
Despite giving the defending Absa Currie Cup champions a fright at the weekend, Pumas coach Chris Grobler is not a happy man.
The 42-27 defeat to the Cheetahs was the Witbank outfit’s fifth in five games, which leaves them rooted to the bottom of the Currie Cup log with just two points.
“Once again it was our concentration that let us down, Grobler told keo.co.za. “It is becoming hugely frustrating for me and the players. We could have won three of our games, or come close at least if we had held our concentration.”
Apart from Saturday’s match were the Pumas were asleep at the start of each half and conceded three converted tries, they also surrendered a 26-3 lead against Griquas and allowed a ten minute blitzkrieg by the Blue Bulls last weekend to end on the losing side again.
“Those soft tries (against the Cheetahs) were inexcusable. That was 21 points we handed to them on a silver plate.” And if you take those 21 points away from the Cheetahs score you can see why the coach is not a happy man.
“We worked hard today on drills that required concentration and hopefully it will help. We will continue the exercises throughout the week and we will see what happens at the weekend.”
The Pumas are targeting their next two games – against the Valke and Lions – as matches they can get a tick or two in the win column. “I believe a win for this team is around the corner and we have to look at both the Valke and Lions as an opportunity to do just that.â€
Grobler said the Pumas are nursing a few “bumps and bruises”, but that he expected to be able to pick a similar team to that which did duty against the Cheetahs for Friday nightâ€™s game in Witbank against the Valke.
By Andrew Hollely