Cape Town – Lions coach Swys de Bruin admits that he lost his toughness with his players during Saturday's clash against Rebels in Johannesburg.
The hosts paused 26-5 down and stared into the barrel of what would have been a tremendously disappointing result, but a heroic second half performance saw them claim a 36-33 tough thanks to a Gianni Lombard penalty for hoots.
De Bruin did not like to control his emotions half time, a light and well-lying man on the surface.
"Go into the change room I was in a flat spin," he told the media after the fight.
"I have to admit, I don't think I've ever lost it before half-time. I've really lost it because I know how good these guys can be and they weren't.
"There was one or two words that came out badly and I'm sorry.
"But in retrospect, it might be time to put the cursor down once, because the first half wasn't good enough."
At the end of the fight, De Bruin said incredibly proud of his accusations.
"I don't think I've ever seen a page, make a 33-5 defeat to a win, so I'm very happy. I have so much faith and faith in this team and what we stand for," he said.