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De Bruin: Only Facebook makes you bad overnight

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    Posted: 12-Jul-2018 at 7:55pm
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The Lions coach isn’t worried about how his troops’ inconsistency in this year’s Super Rugby campaign might haunt them when the playoffs start.

Lions coach Swys de Bruin isn’t lying awake at night wondering what might’ve been in 2018’s Super Rugby campaign.

It might be tempting to do so given that the men from Ellis Park are now relying on the Brumbies to beat the Waratahs in Sydney for them to have a chance of finishing second on the overall log.

How it’s come to this isn’t difficult to pinpoint – they’ve thrown at least four victories this year.

But De Bruin is taking comfort from the fact that it happens to all good teams and athletes, from Roger Federer to the German football team.

“It’s not something we’re purposely doing wrong. It’s sport, simple as that,” said the Lions’ mentor on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s derby with the Bulls at home.

The Lions need to win the match to secure at least a home quarterfinal.

“Roger Federer is a star and he just lost on Wednesday. The Croatians have beaten the odds to reach the World Cup final at the expense of England. Roger and England haven’t suddenly become poor.

“We haven’t either. When you lose, you don’t suddenly become a bad team. On Facebook you’re suddenly bad. You’re terrible and the coach and the captain need to be fired but in the real world, you just take it on the chin and move on.”

The Lions acknowledge that they’ve squandered good opportunities to put teams away during games but De Bruin also pointed out that inconsistent results have been the name of the game this year.

In fact, it’s probably the dominant theme of Super Rugby 2018.

“We haven’t always capitalised, that’s true. But every team, except maybe the Crusaders, will tell you that they should’ve won a few games that they didn’t,” said De Bruin.

“Everyone knew from the word go that there wouldn’t be easy games this season. Every team this year has had this problem of inconsistency. They all say: We could’ve done that, we should’ve done that.”

Lions: Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Courtnall Skosan, Elton Jantjies, Nic Groom, Warren Whiteley (c), Cyle Brink, Kwagga Smith, Franco Mostert, Marvin Orie, Ruan Dreyer, Malcolm Marx, Jacques van Rooyen. Bench: Corne Fourie, Johannes Jonker, Jacobie Adriaanse, Lourens Erasmus, Marnus Schoeman/Hacjivah Dayimani, Ross Cronje, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Howard Mnisi/Shaun Reynolds.

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Swys se uitsprake herhinder my nogal aan Alister Coetzee... As 'n mens dieselfde oordeelsfoute week in en week uit maak en dan in die media voorgee daar is niks fout nie dan is daar niks hoop nie...  “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results
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Stem Witboer. Ek sal veel eerder wil hoor dat hy erken ons het nie goed gespeel hierdie jaar nie en dat die span streef om te verbeter. Help nie hy het volstruis mentality en vertel almal nie ons is nogsteeds blerrie goed as ons maar net 2 wenne meer as ander SA spanne het..
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Ek stem, maar soos julle weet hou ons nie baie daarvan persoonlik te raak hier nie, maar hel; dis mos nou duidelik dat dinge nie goed gaan nie.
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Al waarna de Bruyn moet kyk om homself te meet teen laasjaar is:
Aantal wenne
Aantal verlore
Driee vir
Driee teen

Ek dink met al daai is ons slegter af as laasjaar. Ja ons is nogsteeds die beste SA span, maar ons is op n afwaartse kurwe

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Actually, he is right. A good team doesn't become bad overnight.
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Originally posted by Lion4ever Lion4ever wrote:

Actually, he is right. A good team doesn't become bad overnight.


It felt like we did. It started in the CC last year. The signs were there then. But they just carried in the same way, and now here we are...
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But even with all the negative comments I've made the last couple of weeks, I still have a fool's hope that we can win this competition, against all odds.

If Croatia can make the WC final and Andersen can beat Federer...
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More se wedstryd is 'n goeie kans om bietjie momentum te bou vir die uitspeel-rondtes... waarvan die kwarteind hopelik op die Park sal plaasvind. Persoonlik voel ek nie ons hoef so negatief te wees oor Leeus-rugby nie. Selfs Naas sê.. as jy in die uitspeel-rondtes speel kan enige-iets gebeur... en hierdie is steeds 'n goeie klomp rugby-spelers bymekaar wat sal glo hulle kan enige span klop.
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There were a couple of games were we just fell asleep. The Sharks game being the most recent. Its a addressing those issues, and being a bit more pragmatic. We mustn't always go for the corner with kick-able penalties. Rather mix it up. And we mustn't defend a lead, we must look to build the lead. 

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The cracks started to show during the Currie cup last year.
We had a good start to the 2018 Super Rugby campaign, had a horror last 20 minutes against the blues. Had a very poor game against the, as Swys said, "very strong" Sunwolves. Had 1 awesome game against a very weak Stormers team. Toyed with the Waratahs and then the wheels came of fast...
We lost against a poor Reds team, struggled to beat the Brumbies after they had to play 30 minutes with 14 players and 10 minutes with only 13... Almost lost against a poor Stormers team who had to play 40 minutes with only 14 players and 10 minutes with only 13, then we got schooled by the Sharks and we will probably lose against the Bulls this weekend... All this with senior players like, Dreyer, Mostert, Jantjies and Coetzee in the team, who we will lose the end of this season... Yet the coaching staff thinks all is "hunky dory"? There are serious problems and it is very concerning to hear that the coaching staff fails to realise this... 
All these signals a back to "normal"(bottom quarter of the table) Lions season next year...
Apologies if I am overly negative, but I strongly believe we are better than this and I dont want to see us "down in the dumps" again and it seems like we are heading there fast... 
It is also not my intention to "get personal", but if the coaches are not performing and are acting as if nothing is wrong, it frustrates the hell out of me, since I cant do anything about it except air my opinions.
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There is no denying that we are not playing up to the standards of the last few years. Remember, we have had huge disruptions in terms of injuries, players leaving and a whole new coaching staff. How many of Swys's assistants were there last year. While it made sense for Swys to be appointed after JA left, I think we all under estimated the influence JA had. And Swys needs the time to establish himself as the head honcho. We also have the added burden of having a huge bulls eye on our backs. Teams like the Sunwolves played way above their usual standard against us. The Reds game was inexcusable, as was the game against the Blues. What this competition has shown this year is that at any time any team can win against any other team. I think its the little things that are letting us down, like an over reliance on kicking for the corner when it may better to take the 3 pointer. I also think that players are mentally fatigued, especially some of AC's Springboks from last year. They have come from a toxic environment, and its taking some time to recover from that. 

To be honest I hate losing, and I also get frustrated when it seems nothing is working as well as it should. I am sure a person like Swys sees and knows exactly whats happening and whats needed. The trouble seems to be for the players to put in a full 80 minutes.
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I've said it numerous times before, and I'll say it again. I don't buy into the "we had so many disruptions this year" argument. Yes we lost Ackers and Ferreira. But the whole reason for appointing Swys was to keep continuity. We had several injuries to key players, but we still had the core of our team. Show me a team that doesn't have a number of players injured.. And as for the target on our backs, why don't the Crusaders now suddenly do worse this year? You could argue that last year they were a surprise package under Robinson, but this year they started where they left off last year, and look set to take the cup again. 

We SA teams and supporters seem to ALWAYS be making excuses. We're building. We have injuries. We have a target on our back. Teams have figured us out. It's only the coaches 11th year in charge, give him time. ETC ETC ETC

Whereas in NZ they just put their heads down, focus on the job at hand and keep on winning. 

But you know, the season isn't over yet. Perhaps we will peak at the right time, and still go to the final. Nothing is impossible.
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I don't think we are making excuses. Some teams handle these disruptions so much better. As a fan I expect a 100% record and a full trophy cabinet. I am also a realist, and realise that doesn't happen except in my dreams. What I do expect is a team that will continually challenge for title honours. I also know that sport is cyclical. You go through ups and downs. I just don't want our downs to be as bad as they were, or for as long. 
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