Swys de Bruin says he was furious when lions dragged down a rebel by 21 points at a break before making an incredible comeback to win 36-33.
The Lions trailed 26-5 at Ellis Park after a disappointing first half. They gave up another attempt at the beginning of the second half to go down to 33-5 down, before being relegated to the competition in four attempts. The last breath penalty replaces Janni Lombard and turned the result in their favor.
Highlights: Lions vs. Rebels
De Bruyn said that the turnaround was partly due to a number of harsh words from him to half-time players.
I went into this changing room, I was in a flat spin, I do not think I ever lost it like that half an hour ago, I really lost it because I know how good these guys can be and they were not.
"There was one or two words that came out badly and I regret it, but in retrospect it was perhaps time to put the cursor down once because the first half was not good enough, but there is a process that we follow in the changing room, so I had to calm down.
"I do not think I've ever seen a side turn the deficit from 33 to 5. I have so much faith and faith in this group and what we represent."
De Bruin praised the team's character, saying the younger and more experienced players all played a vital role.
"I was blessed and very happy because the bunch of these young people had to dig deep.When I pulled Alton Jantjies, I knew that it could drop kick pressure. [Backline coach] Neil de Bruyn sat next to me and he said he was backing up to I to increase the gap and slip one if it happened. The stars are produced for great moments and the kick is set there, maybe I'm a future star. Tyrone Green is also an exciting opportunity.
"I continue to step on the youngsters, and then the old dogs went out and basically won the game for us, Lionel Mapu and Andris Cozzi were phenomenal and even Rouen and Remac. Our e showed a lot of character and the leadership of Malcolm Marx was immaculate.
The lions, though, almost made a mess of him as they refused three kickable punishments in the last 10 minutes he could not try. De Baron is determined that he will blame if they continue to paint the game.
"We rolled the dice because ownership of the area was vital, but if we lost this game, I was guilty because I said to play because we have this scrum last was a miracle in itself.
"The rebels have many internationals, they bought themselves a good side, so it was a struggle and you will not believe what it is [the result] Making for character in vista [Lions] Team & # 39 ;.
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