Slow starts costing Lions

Sun, 06 Oct 2013 13:49
Large chrisvanzylwp Large marnitzboshoffwp Large rosscronjewp

The Golden Lions’ damning habit to gift the opposition an early lead cost them again in their 23-36 loss to Western Province on Saturday.

The Golden Lions’ damning habit to gift the opposition an early lead cost them again in their 23-36 loss to Western Province at a chilly and windy Newlands on Saturday.

This is the view of Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann, who felt his charges left themselves with too much to do in order to come from behind against Western Province.

"It’s been the case this entire season," Ackermann said.

"We have had to come from behind to try win at the end, something which we have to fix. We began all right, but when WP got momentum and started building up points, and especially that try before half-time, it took the wind out of our sails.”

The Lions coach was in two minds as to whether they should have taken the penalties in the 22 instead of kicking for touch and going for five points, but credited Province's defence of their line as outstanding.

Ackermann praised his relatively inexperienced side for confronting what was essentially a Super Rugby team and believed the game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggested.

"One or two things that we did wrong, if we rectified that it could have gone either way."

SAPA

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Ulster v Treviso 18h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 18h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 18h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 18h45 Kingston Park
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 18h45 Welford Road
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 25 November 2017
Bath v Harlequins 11h15 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Cardiff
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Zebre v Munster 13h00 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 14h00 Madejski Stadium
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 12 10 0 2 47
Western Province 12 7 0 5 37
Golden Lions 12 6 0 6 35
Blue Bulls 12 5 0 7 32
Free State Cheetahs 12 6 0 6 31
Pumas 12 4 0 8 27
Griquas 12 4 0 8 26