Lions beat themselves

Sun, 07 Oct 2012 15:26
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The defending champion Golden Lions bemoaned their unfortunate slump, which saw them lose 21-37 to Griquas.

The defending champion Golden Lions bemoaned their unfortunate slump, which saw them lose 21-37 to Griquas and concede first place on the standings.

Griquas, the last team to beat the Lions before this past weekend's triumph, showed more desire than the men from Johannesburg could muster in the searing heat in Kimberley.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann, who saw his side secure a home semifinal before the match, bemoaned the sift moments in the match that cost them.

"We gave away easy tries and it was always going to be difficult to come back from that," said Lions interim coach Johan Ackermann.

"We also put in a poor performance at the line-outs, one aspect of our game that is normally on par.

"We played against ourselves by making unforced errors and kicking away possession.

"Simply put, we were beaten by a better side."

With one more match ahead of the play-offs, against perennial rivals the Blue Bulls at Ellis Park, Ackermann said his side would need to be on form in an effort to ensure themselves a home final if they got that far in their title defence.

"We know the Bulls are at the bottom of the log and that they are under immense pressure. That makes them a dangerous side," Ackermann said.

"We, in turn, put ourselves under pressure by losing to Griquas.

"We've got a whole week to remedy what went wrong and we need to do it before the Bulls clash."

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 26 August 2016
Golden Lions v Boland 15h00 Johannesburg
Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
CURRIE CUP
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Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 3 3 0 0 15
Free State Cheetahs 3 3 0 0 14
Blue Bulls 3 2 0 1 10
Golden Lions 2 1 0 1 7
Boland 3 1 0 2 6
Griquas 2 1 0 1 4
Western Province 2 0 0 2 2
EP Kings 2 0 0 2 1
Pumas 2 0 0 2 1