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

England vs Ireland
sast: 16h45 | local: 14h45

  • 0 | 0
Stormers vs Blues
sast: 15h05 | local: 15h05

  • 37 | 20
Sat, 17 March 2018
Italy v Scotland 12h30 Rome
Lions v Sunwolves 15h15 Johannesburg
Wales v France 17h00 Cardiff
Jaguares v Reds 21h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 05h05 Sydney
Fri, 23 March 2018
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 22h00 Scotstoun
Kings v Treviso 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Edinburgh 22h00 Sportsground
Munster v Scarlets 22h00 Thomond Park
Dragons v Cheetahs 22h00 Rodney Parade
Ospreys v Leinster 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Sat, 17 March 2018
Brumbies v Sharks 24 | 17
Highlanders v Crusaders 25 | 17
Fri, 16 March 2018
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 31 | 25
Edinburgh v Munster 12 | 6
Chiefs v Bulls 41 | 28
Sun, 11 March 2018
Wales v Italy 38 | 14
Sat, 10 March 2018
Jaguares v Waratahs 38 | 28
France v England 22 | 16
Lions v Blues 35 | 38
Ireland v Scotland 28 | 8
Sharks v Sunwolves 50 | 22
Reds v Bulls 20 | 14
Hurricanes v Crusaders 29 | 19
Fri, 09 March 2018
Scarlets v Leinster 10 | 10
Rebels v Brumbies 33 | 10
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 3 3 0 0 15
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Waratahs 3 1 1 1 6
Sunwolves 3 0 0 3 1
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 3 3 0 0 13
Hurricanes 3 1 0 2 10
Crusaders 4 2 0 2 10
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Blues 3 1 0 2 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 4 3 0 1 15
Sharks 4 1 1 4 9
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Stormers 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4