Ackermann wants ruthless Lions

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 06:57

REACTION: Despite their impressive performance against the Waratahs, the Lions still have a lot of work to do, according to their head coach Johan Ackermann.

The Lions outscored the Waratahs by eight tries to five, en route to a 55-36 bonus-point victory in their round two Super Rugby match at Ellis Park in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The victory left the Lions sitting in first place in the South African group with two wins from two matches played, after opening their 2017 Super Rugby campaign with a 28-25 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last weekend.

However, Johan Ackermann was not completely satisfied with his team's performance and believes that they will have to improve on their defence before they travel to take on the Jaguares in Argentina next week.

"Obviously, we always grateful for the victory and happy for that. A bonus-point is a bonus, but the victory was the most important thing," said Ackermann. 

"We can't get overexcited, so we will take the win and learn the lessons from what we saw on the tapes and then start again on Monday.

"We will have to reset because again it is a different challenge that lies ahead - the travelling, and also with the quality side that we going to play, but for now we will just enjoy the win and obviously defensively there's a lot of work to do for us.”

The Waratahs managed to score a try every time it looked as if the Lions were going to take the game away from them and Ackermann added that his team will have to learn how to shut their opposition out of the game. 

"For every try, we scored we gave them [Waratahs] one and the frustrating thing was how easy we made it," said Ackermann.

“We didn't make them work hard for it and they nearly stayed in touch the whole time, so that was frustrating and there were opportunities for us to put them away and we didn't."

Ackermann also highlighted plenty of positives for the Lions throughout the 80 minutes, especially the team's character and their effort at the set-piece.

"I have to compliment the guys on effort, they worked hard and they showed a lot of composure. They never panicked, and the line-outs and the scrums were good, so there were good things as well," explained Ackermann.

By Josh Isaacson, in Johannesburg
@isaacson_j
@rugby365com

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Rebels v Crusaders 09h45 Melbourne
Bulls v Hurricanes 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 13h30 London
Sharks v Stormers 15h15 Kings Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h15 Dublin
Jaguares v Brumbies 21h40 Buenos Aires
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Lions v Kings 12h30 Ellis Park Stadium
Wed, 31 May 2017
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South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
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Sat, 27 May 2017
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
Lions v Bulls 51 | 14
Exeter Chiefs v Saracens 18 | 16
Sunwolves v Sharks 17 | 38
Force v Highlanders 6 | 55
Hurricanes v Cheetahs 61 | 7
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Leinster v Scarlets 15 | 27
Stormers v Blues 30 | 22
Chiefs v Crusaders 24 | 31
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 11 4 0 7 23
Waratahs 11 4 0 7 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 11 1 1 9 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 12 12 0 0 54
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Hurricanes 11 9 0 2 43
Highlanders 12 9 0 3 41
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 11 7 0 4 30
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 11 3 0 8 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 12 11 0 1 51
Sharks 12 8 1 3 38
Jaguares 11 5 0 6 24
Kings 11 4 0 7 19