June 25, 2024

Bartlett blasts Athlone Stadium conditions after World Rugby U20 Champs

CAPE TOWN – Cape Town Spurs coach Shaun Bartlett has criticised the playing surface at Athlone Stadium following their DStv Premiership loss on Wednesday night.

Spurs suffered a second defeat of the season at the hands of Sekhukhune United at Athlone Stadium.

Two goals from Edwin Gyimah and Chibuike Ohizu were enough for Brandon Truter’s charges to earn the first victory of the season.

Bartlett blasted the stadium condition after the recent World Rugby U20 Championship.

“I am not making excuses but it’s not the best playing surface, to be honest, I will be frank about that,” said Bartlett.

“It’s disappointing because when you look at Athlone and look at Cape Town Stadium those are football stadiums that have been utilised by rugby teams and the world cup.

“It doesn’t help us, I’ve heard Eric [Tinkler] mention it before as well, there’s a reason why Athlone was created for football. But if you are a possession based team, and want to keep the ball, it is not going to help you.”

Barlett believes the team could have done better on the day but individual errors cost them.

“It’s obviously more costly for us, something our players will have to learn very quickly, maybe last season we got away with some of them but at this level, you get punished,” he said.

“Unfortunately those are indicated to be individual errors, and pretty much cost us a point.

“I don’t think it was the worst performance, I think we have tried our best. Maybe in the final third, we could have been a little bit more taking risks as far as crossing the ball to the box. I think the two defensive errors cost us a game.”

The Urban Warriors will have a break due to the MTN8 match kicking off this weekend.

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