Discipline and defence a concern for Lions

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:25

REACTION: The Lions will have to work hard on their discipline and defence ahead of their Round Four Super Rugby encounter with the Reds at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann bemoaned his team's poor discipline and defence in their 24-36 loss to the Jaguares in Buenos Aires at the weekend.

Although he admitted there was a few 'contentious' decision by New Zealand referee Nick Briant, the Lions coach said those are things they have to live with.

Ackermann preferred to look at his own team in searching for reasons for the loss in Argentina.

"Firstly our discipline was poor and we played for 20 minutes being a man down," he said.

Lock Andries Ferreira was yellow-carded in the 21st minute for a high tackle and hooker Robbie Coetzee in the 55th minute for a high tackle.

"There were just too many penalties we conceded in our half, allowing them to kick at goal," Ackermann said.

"Both teams scored four tries, but the difference was four penalties, 12 points.

"It - all the penalties we conceded - put a lot of pressure on the team in the early stages."

He also spoke about defence as a problem.

"Our one-on-one tackling wasn't good," the coach said, adding: "We gave them too many easy points in the beginning and they got to 21 too quickly.

"That put pressure on us from the outset.

"We work hard on that, defence, but it is an aspect we have to look at again."

Another aspect that concerns the coach is the number of times they lost the ball in contact.

"Too often, just when we started getting momentum, we lost the ball - which gifted them an attacking chance.

"Also, our balance between attack and kicking just wasn't good.

"There were times, especially early in the match, where we could have placed more pressure on them by forcing them to play from their half.

"We gifted them too many playing opportunities in our half."

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
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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
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
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Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
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Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
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
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19