Ackerman: Reading the referee is key

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:23
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The Lions will need to remain vigilant and adapt to any refereeing idiosyncrasies if they are to repeat their first round Super Rugby win.

The Lions will need to remain vigilant and adapt to any refereeing idiosyncrasies if they are to repeat their first round Super Rugby win.

Having edged the Cheetahs 21-20 to mark their return to Super Rugby last week, the men from Johannesburg host the Stormers on Saturday, knowing they will have to be even more Argus-eyed at Ellis Park.

After being heavily penalised at scrum time in the first quarter last week, the Lions bounced back to dominate the set pieces against an all-Springbok front row after the break.

That, according to Lions coach Johan Ackermann, was because they were able to understand the match official's calls and make an adjustment.

"We did struggle initially with the referee's interpretations," he told this website ahead of their Round Two encounter with the Stormers.

"But when we got that [interpretation] right, we started looking good and the set piece went very well."

Ackermann said scrumming remains an "eight-man effort" and felt the Lions did very well in that regard.

"I am happy with how it turned out, but we have to be more disciplined from the outset," he told this website.

"The referees are very strict at scrum time, so we will have to improve our discipline in hat department."

He said it is a similar situation at the breakdown, where the Lions also need to be very accurate this week.

"The guys worked hard and [hooker] Robbie Coetzee, along with the flanks, did great work.

"That [the breakdown] is an area where there will always be some debate surrounding the referee. The questions will always be asked: 'Did he release? Did he support his own bodyweight?'

"It is an area where you have to adjust to the [interpretation of the] referee. That is an aspect of the game you have to be very good in, both on attack and defence.

He admitted that scrums and the breakdown are the two key areas where you have to be very flexible and adjust to the referee.

"If you have guys like a Derick Minnie, Marcel Coetzee, a Duane Vermeulen, Deon Fourie and Jaco Kriel - all the guys who play towards the ball very well - they will always push the boundaries.

"That is an area where you have to understand very quickly what the referee allows and what he penalises.

"The player has to be accurate in his decision-making.

"If we get that balance right we will do well. It is an aspect you have to work on from week-to."

By Jan de Koning

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Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
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Fri, 24 February 2017
Munster v Scarlets 21 | 30
Dragons v Leinster 22 | 54
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 17 | 18
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 18 | 27
Reds v Sharks 28 | 26
Highlanders v Chiefs 15 | 24
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
NWU-Pukke v UCT-Ikeys 20 | 15
TUT v WSU 13 | 17
UWC v Rhodes 88 | 8
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Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 46 | 31
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Reds 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Force 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Blues 1 1 0 0 5
Chiefs 1 1 0 0 5
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 0 0 0 0 0
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Cheetahs 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 0 0 0 0 0
Kings 0 0 0 0 0