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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Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28