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    Lions have 'higher standards'

    2014-05-05 07:45
    Cape Town - Lions coach Johan Ackermann says they ascribe to higher standards than what they dished up against the Chiefs in Hamilton at the weekend.

    The defending champions ran in six tries to thump the men from Johannesburg 38-8 in their first match on tour.

    After a promising start to the season, the Lions have now slipped to 12th spot on the overall Super Rugby log and the coach is understandably worried.

    "It's tough for us as team management because we also have higher expectations and standards when it comes to accuracy, decision making and other things like passing," he told the Beeld website.

    "All that we can do is to learn from it and re-focus on the Highlanders (their next match)."

    Ackermann was pleased with their scrummaging, but said the team played as individuals and not as one.

    He said they panicked when things didn't go their way by kicking or running at the wrong times.

    He called for the players to take responsibility for their errors.

    The game against the Highlanders in Dunedin is at 09:35 (SA time) on Saturday. After that, the Lions also play the Waratahs (May 18, 08:05) and Western Force (May 24, 11:40) to conclude their Australasian tour.

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