Lions boss Ivan van Rooyen has voiced frustration at his team’s inability to secure a victory over Glasgow Warriors at Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday.
The Lions produced an improved performance and were the superior team for the majority of the match, but still slumped to an agonising 13-9 defeat after a contentious try was awarded to the Warriors.
Commenting on the controversial result, Van Rooyen said: “There were two or three reasons why we are frustrated in terms of not getting the result.
“Physically, we were really good, territorially we were good; and that is why we feel the frustration. It is almost a case of us losing the game and not necessarily that they [Glasgow] beat us. Last week, Scarlets did beat us.”
Result notwithstanding, Van Rooyen was pleased with how his charges fronted up defensively against the Warriors despite several injury disruptions to the team in the lead-up to the game.
“The biggest improvement is that defensively we fronted up,” he explained.
“We stopped their momentum; we were scrambling that first 20 minutes and the guys really adapted well. As the conditions got tougher and tougher, our physicality improved. Losing two 10s and EW slotting in, our kicking game worked well.
“We managed to reapply pressure back on to them. Unfortunately, our conversion rate in their 22 was not good enough, and there were one or two crucial skill errors in the last 12 minutes that were expensive.”
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