Ray Mordt ‘helping’ Lions

April 14, 2010
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Lions coach Dick Muir, stung by his team’s eight-match losing streak and shocking defensive lapses, has called in the help of Springbok legend and former Rugby League star Ray Mordt.

Jan de Koning, rugby365

It took the Lions brainstrust eight defeats and 43 leaked tries, but Mordt has been “helping out” Muir since Monday.

Golden Lions Rugby Union President Kevin de Klerk, who earlier admitted that “poor defence” has been the side’s biggest problem in their Super Rugby losing streak, confirmed on Wednesday that Mordt is helping Muir in a “caretaker” capacity.

“No formal appointment has been made,” De Klerk told rugby365.com.

“Dick [Muir] decided to bring in somebody immediately and he [Mordt] has already made a huge difference,” the GLRU boss added.

However, De Klerk said it is not a given that Mordt will become a permanent fixture in the side. “We are also looking at a few other guys, such as the team’s former defence coach Wimpie Vermeulen.

“He [Vermeulen] is currently in Palaborwa, so he is not immediately available. But we are looking at these guys to help out a couple of times a week,” De Klerk said, adding that a final decision on a permanent coach would be taken soon.

“I am having a meeting with the executive committee of the union’s professional arm next week, where we will discuss a number of issues – including the appointment of a defence coach and a Currie Cup head coach.”

Next week’s meeting will include De Klerk, his two deputies Neville Jardine and Altmann Allers, CEO Manie Reyneke, as well as team manager Mac Hendricks.

Mordt, who was a Bok legend that scored a hat-trick in the infamous ‘flour bomb’ Test against the All Blacks at Eden Park in 1981, was also a crucial cog in the 1995 World Cup-winning coaching set-up of Kitch Christie.

He joined Wigan Rugby League club in 1986, winning one league title and a cup competition with them before retiring due to injury.

Mordt, speaking after taking charge of a training session in Johannesburg, said the Lions have been lacking is a culture of defending.

“All great sides have a good defence,” Mordt told the Independent group newspapers.

“Defending is all about technique and speed off the line. But most importantly, it’s about attitude and communication. And these two aspects must come to the fore when the team is under pressure because it’s in pressure situations when things go haywire.”

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17 Comments

  1. avatar cab says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    they need get some decent players in and its a catch-22 cos no-one particularly wants to come to joburg or to play for a side that gets smashed each week – but they depleted, all the coaching staff in the world wont make an iota of difference.

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Reply to cab @ 11:15 am: See how Ray will make a difference even this weekend already.

  3. avatar The Brand says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    This is a good call.

    Mordt is one of the better coaches around – if not one of THE best.

  4. avatar DavidS says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    He was the 1995 Bok squad’s defensive coach think…

  5. avatar Morné says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Reply to DavidS @ 2:31 pm:

    Coached with Kitch (the Lions) in 1993/4 and again in 1997.

    Not too sure on 1995, but he was involved in the Straeuli era at some time if I am not mistaken, just after Les Kiss left.

  6. avatar DavidS says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Not sure he is a good coach though I think he has much knowledge to impart from league days.

    Apparently he came to see the Boks in the week leading up to the RWC final 1995 and taught them league tackling techniques to stop Jonah Lomu

  7. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Reply to DavidS @ 4:52 pm:

    He must have taught
    them well because
    Lomu never scored
    vs the Boks.
    :P

  8. avatar JT says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 5:22 pm:

    kak – Lomu never scored but therefore Cullen, Ieremia and all the others scored :rant:

    What is the use in 3 players marking Lomu and leaving gaping holes for others! :cuckoo:

  9. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Reply to JT @ 9:53 pm:

    The only try scored in the
    WC Final 1995 was by Ruben
    Kruger – and it was disallowed.
    :wink:
    Lomu looked great when he
    ran over the Poms.

  10. avatar JT says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 10:02 pm:

    Lomu played in more games against SA than the Wc 1995 – How many tries did Cullen, Ieremia, Wilson score against SA when Lomu was on the field??

  11. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Reply to JT @ 10:51 pm:

    How many tries were scored
    by the ABs when he was in
    the team that played the Boks?
    Any idea?

    Lomu had bulk and speed.
    Full stop. Put the ball
    behind him and he was lost.

    :whistling:

  12. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 14th, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Wish I wrote this:

    While municipal workers strike across the country, some crematoriums and funeral parlours have been forced to run on a skeleton staff.

    8)

  13. avatar DavidS says:
    April 15th, 2010 at 8:48 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 11:01 pm: Hahahahahahahahah!

    You did write this though and I have to share with fellow RW’ers

    This is from a mail Boertjie sent me

    “The Municipal Workers have sent out a press release to say they are going on strike so people know they are striking and it is not their usual doing nothing”

  14. avatar The Brand says:
    April 15th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 11:01 pm:

    Brillaint

  15. avatar Boertjie says:
    April 15th, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Reply to DavidS @ 8:48 am:

    Nou weet almal ek is ‘n rassis!
    :swart gevaar:

  16. avatar PietPloos says:
    April 15th, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 10:27 am:

    JY en Malema!

  17. avatar PietPloos says:
    April 15th, 2010 at 11:04 am

    In Ventersdorp se hulle, n rassis is n ou wat vir Julius Malema MEER haat as wat dit nodig is…

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