Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said that the players should take full responsibility for their heavy defeat to the Lions at Ellis Park.
It was the first game of the season for the Cape side and their campaign could not have got off to a worse start in what their captain described as ‘the worst performance in six or seven years’.
De Villiers was fuming after the match which saw Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff kill off Stormers hopes with his deadly accurate boot.
While he lambasted his side for their lack of commitment, De Villiers credited the Lions for playing clever rugby by playing in the right areas.
“I just don’t think that performance was good enough, first of all to compete in this competition and secondly for what we stand for as a team. It must be the worst performance in six or seven years, the biggest loss we’ve had in about seven years, and it just wasn’t good enough.
“At times like this the players must take responsibility and own up to what we dished up out there today,” he said.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee admitted his side had no answers to Boshoff’s long-range drop goals and the Lions’ inspirational defensive efforts.
“The most important thing for me is not to make excuses, but to give credit to the Lions, the way they play, and I mean 29 points from Marnitz Boshoff, says a lot,” Coetzee said after the match.
“He’s done really well. There is nothing much you can do about a guy that stands 50 metres back and slots the drop goals.”