Ackermann, the bet and the beard

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 11:58

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Lions coach Johan Ackermann spoke to Jan de Koning about the bet he lost and the beard that followed.

Ackermann has faith in his players, but he did not expect to start looking like Santa Claus as a result of a bet he entered into.

Many have wondered why the usually well-groomed Lions mentor stopped shaving.

He has previously made mention of the 'bet' he lost, but never really provided much detail.

Ackermann - speaking ahead of the Lions' final Super Rugby league match of the season, when they face the Sharks in Durban on Saturday - said it started early in the season.

The players challenged him to only shave his beard when they lose a match.

And the only loss was to the Jaguares in Round Three, on March 11.

Eleven wins, two byes and a June break later and Ackermann is still growing his facial hair.

"Hopefully we go all the way," he told rugby365, adding: "I won't mind [keeping] the long beard and the players derive pleasure from that.

"I told them: 'You are spoiling your own pictures, having me in there.'

"They are happy they took the bet.

"However, I never expected that, after our loss [against the Jaguares] in Round Three, it would last till now."

By Jan de Koning
@kings365ed
@rugby365com

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Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
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