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Stormers coach John Dobson has accused his side of not sticking to the game plan in their defeat to the Lions. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

John Dobson on Stormers loss to the Lions: ‘Players didn’t follow the plan!’

Stormers coach John Dobson has accused his side of not sticking to the game plan in their defeat to the Lions.

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Stormers coach John Dobson has accused his side of not sticking to the game plan in their defeat to the Lions. Photo: Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

Stormers coach John Dobson has accused his side of not sticking to the gameplan after their 37-19 defeat to the Lions in their United Rugby Championship clash at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

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Despite having the Lions stuck in their own half for large periods of the match and dominating possession, Dobson’s Stormers side were unable to convert.

Dobson revealed that the instruction given to the players at half-time was to keep the ball in hand and attack at close quarters.

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There were strong winds during the game, but the Stormers still opted to go laterally on attack with too many long passes, something which Dobson was left tearing his hair out about.

‘The half-time message was clear’ – John Dobson

“I don’t think we played the right game,” John Dobson said.

“I have never seen that in my coaching career, the number of opportunities that were unconverted. We were definitely far too lateral. The wind was quite seismic and we were going for bridge passes.

“Our message at half-time was clear. I said it and (captain) Salmaan (Moerat) said it. But then within two minutes of the second half, we knocked on twice throwing long passes and gave away a penalty. We were very poor in how we didn’t stick to our plan. Discipline is not only in our behaviour with the referee, but also in how we stick to our plan. Maybe we didn’t get the message across strongly or directly enough,” John Dobson concluded.

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