Refreshed Lions head to Newlands

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 10:53

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Lions will return to action this week, refreshed from their bye week. I the break came at the perfect time.

The Lions head to Newlands to tackle the table-topping Stormers, a team that beat the mighty Chiefs this past weekend.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann admitted that the timing of the break - after a tough opening six weeks - was 'perfect'.

"It was a tough few weeks," he said of the first six rounds - which have them in third spot on the table, three points behind their compatriots.

"It looks like the season will go down to the wire again, like last year."

Ackermann said his team had lots of "bumps and bruises, with sore bodies" after Week Six.

But it is more the quality of the opposition this week than anything else that is of concern.

"If you look what the Stormers did [beat the Cheetahs 53-10 and Chiefs 34-26 the past two weeks] that [the game at Newlands on Saturday] will be another huge challenge," Ackermann said about the trip to Cape Town.

"It doesn't get any easier," the Lions coach said, adding: "After that, we ply the Jaguares [April 21 at Ellis Park].

"We all know what they can do.

"[And] after that we have to jump on an aeroplane [for a three-match tour of Australia - against the Western Force, Rebels and Brumbies].

"The bye came at the perfect time."


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Fri, 23 March 2018
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 4 3 0 1 15
Waratahs 4 2 1 1 10
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Sunwolves 4 0 0 4 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 3 3 0 0 13
Hurricanes 3 2 0 1 10
Crusaders 4 2 0 2 10
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Blues 4 1 0 3 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 5 4 0 1 19
Stormers 5 2 0 3 9
Sharks 4 1 1 4 9
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4