Lions brought down to earth

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:29

SUPER RUGBY REACTION: Johan Ackermann believes his side were brought down to earth by the Jaguares after they were forced to fight back to bag a "Test match" victory.

The Lions found themselves 14-21 down going into the final 10 minutes but managed to grab the victory thanks to a late converted try and an Elton Jantjies penalty. 

"It was frustrating because we didn't play the rugby we wanted to. There was a lot of opportunities in the first half [that we should have taken] and they [Jaguares] shouldn't have been in the game at half-time. 

"We knew that if we don't put them away, they would come back because they have a lot of quality players - they did that to take the lead and we had to fight hard to get the win. I have to give compliments as well to score a try when it was needed and Elton [Jantjies] kicking the penalty to win the 'Test' match. 

"The guys were mentally challenged after last week's victory and it shows you how quickly you get brought down to earth," Ackermann said.

Lions captain Warren Whiteley gave credit to the Jaguares for the way they imposed themselves at the breakdowns.

"I must say they [Jaguares] are strategically smart. They know when to slow the game down and speed it up. They put us under pressure and we weren't accurate at ruck time. They don't go away and fight at every breakdown.

"They stopped our maul and we weren't tight enough. Maybe we were not mentally switched on. 

"We are a bit disappointed but grateful for the win. We had to fight and it [the win] is really important for us. This is what we needed as it keeps us on our toes and keeps us honest," Whiteley said.

Ackermann added that his side lacked accuracy but is grateful for the scrappy victory.

"The disappointing thing was the accuracy of our team and the fact that we lost a lot of ball with stupid passes. Our intensity wasn't there but it is a massive win.

"If you can win scraps then it's good. It was difficult to get tempo and the rhythm wasn't there but we must keep in mind that if you are not switched on, then you make it difficult for yourself," Ackermann added.

@rugby365com

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 November 2017
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
Ulster v Treviso 19h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 19h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 19h45 Kingston Park
Sat, 25 November 2017
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 12h45 Welford Road
Bath v Harlequins 12h45 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Edinburgh
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 17h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Liberty Stadium
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Zebre v Munster 13h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 15h00 Madejski Stadium
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
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