Lions not perfect yet says Ackermann

Sun, 07 May 2017 10:28

SUPER RUGBY REACTION: Despite their 47-10 thrashing of the Melbourne Rebels, Lions head coach Johan Ackermann is adamant that there are a lot of work-ons.

The Lions bagged another bonus-point victory as their outscored the Rebels seven tries to one in Melbourne on Saturday.

Many mentors would consider themselves lucky after recording their ninth win in 10 matches but head coach Ackermann believes there are a lot of little gremlins that are fixable.  

"It wasn’t the perfect 80-minutes of rugby, there were mistakes. There were breakdown issues, some patience lost on attack where we tend to look for that miracle pass – so there are things to fix.

"One good thing is that the systems and structures are there, it is just the individual's responsibility. There are still games to get it right, we just have to tick the boxes and make sure we do not slip up.

"But I'm a really proud, the guys showed a lot of character and fight. Even face with the late change where our tighthead prop had to be withdrawn and was replaced with a guy who had to borrow boots," Ackermann revealed to reporters.

The win meant the Lions extended their lead at the top of the African Conference Two and have a further chance to cement the top spot and secure a place in the play-offs when they lock horns against the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday, May 12.  

A potential play-off spot might intimidate Lions' fellow South African Super Rugby peers but for the 2016 losing finalist to the Hurricanes, they are more than willing to enter the known territory.

"The 2017 squad have changed due to injuries but there are enough players with experience [who were part of 2016 team who beat the Highlanders 42-30 in the semifinals], so play-offs is not unknown territory.

"If we were to play the Highlanders, it is not new, we have played them before," Ackermann said.

"I have to admit we have not played the best of rugby this year, but the experience we have accumulated and the composure that the guys have shown made sure we won the tight matches and that have to be due to the lessons we have learned last year.

"Thus, when we do face [teams like the Highlanders in the play-offs] we will be up for it,"

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Sat, 29 July 2017
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Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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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