- Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann feels they still have to make some
improvements despite their near-perfect record in this year’s Currie Cup
Johannesburg side tightened their grip atop the standings with a 26-18 victory
over the Sharks at Ellis Park over the weekend.
believes little separates the sides in this year’s competition and they have to
be careful of complacency in their final three matches before the start of the
teams are level and if you don’t have the right attitude you can get yourself
into trouble,” Ackermann said.
guys (Lions players) are playing well but if you look at the small things we
miss we need to make improvements.”
the Lions only held a three-point lead going into the half-time break, the
Sharks did little to threaten the home side.
was only in the final five minutes of the match that the coastal side kicked
into gear which was too little too late.
Lions had a few scoring opportunities in the first half which could have taken
the game away from the visitors had they converted it into points.
opportunities were there but we just need to use them more patiently, the
Sharks fought hard and they were good in that first half,” Ackermann said.
felt much more in control than the score may suggest and we knew playing at
altitude if we kept the tempo up the match would swing in our favour.”
said while he was tempted to give some players a rest, he would only do that
once they had secured a home semi-final.
try to rotate wherever I can, I’ve done so with the loose forwards and the
props but we are not there yet and we need one or two more victories to really
know we have a home semi-final,” he said.
will wait and see where the other teams are on the log but now we do have some
comfort to rotate players but you also don’t want to break the continuity that