Ackermann proud of Lions

2012-09-20 15:29

Johannesburg - Golden Lions interim coach Johan Ackermann has praised his side for turning their Currie Cup campaign around.

After the team's loss to Griquas three weeks ago, Ackermann called for consistency in their performances.

His charges answered in emphatic fashion by beating the Blue Bulls and Free State Cheetahs on the trot.

"I am very proud of the guys so far and how they handled everything, the team spirit and how they rectified things over the last two weeks after the hiccup against Griquas," Ackermann said.

Ackermann, however, said the defending champions could not afford to drop their guard as the competition was still wide open, with the Sharks equal on 20 points with the Johannesburg side.

"The Currie Cup is quite open and quite close and everybody can beat everybody," he said.

He added that there was little separating the teams in this year's competition, which could see the positions at the top of the log change again this weekend.

"Everybody is looking at Griquas to see if they can keep up the current form that they are in," Ackermann said.

"We know the Bulls is a side that has come back in many situations where they had their backs against the wall.

"There are still surprises but it is all about us and how we want to play, and hopefully we can keep our form and perform well."

He said the pressure would only build as the competition progressed over the last four weeks before the playoffs.

"The other factor is going to be how the composure will be of the sides, how we can handle the pressure going into rounds eight, nine and 10," he said.

"At this stage I feel comfortable about where we are and hopefully we can keep on playing good rugby."

Ackermann made one change to his side for this weekend's clash.

However, he could make further late changes to the team as there were some injury concerns.

There was uncertainty whether lock Michael Rhodes would replace the injured Hendrik Roodt, while Jaco Taute could make his return to the starting XV in the place of Alwyn Hollenbach.

Hollenbach was still nursing an injury, the Lions said, and his selection for Saturday's match would be confirmed only on Friday.


Golden Lions:

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Deon Helberg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach/Jaco Taute, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Willie Britz, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco Van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes/Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 tienne Oosthuizen/Ruan Botha, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Butch James, 22 Jaco Taute/Dylan des Fountain


15 Louis Ludik, 14 Odwa Ndungane, 13 Tim Whitehead, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Riaan Viljoen, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Jean Deysel, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Anton Bresler, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Craig Burden, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Monde Hadebe, 17 Julian Redelinghuys, 18 Jandre Marais, 19 Brynard Stander, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Paul Jordaan, 22 Sbura Sithole


  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-20 15:44

    Kings proud of Lions.

      jacobus.vandermerwe.9 - 2012-09-20 20:46

      Charles you really are a blind. Your team cant even qualify for the currie cup... They were brought into the super 15 because the will help with transformation, but they have less coloured players than the lions. AND now they want to change the rules to get more players from overseas... What a waste of a year

      lesbeen - 2012-09-21 06:12

      @ charles... Is that a nickname or your actual surname? I guess that explains it then?

      louis.bensch.31 - 2012-09-21 10:25

      Charles, jy is n p..s, o nee sorry jy is n groot p..s

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-20 16:58

    Verkeerde kant toe gedraai want dit is die laaste jaar. Gelukkig gaan die groot Noord Suid wedstryd nou tussen die Bulle en die Kings wees.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-21 02:56

      Arme Bulls wat nog 'n game in die Suide gaan verloor.

      lesbeen - 2012-09-21 06:09

      Pffft.. The Kings can't even beat themselves out of a paperbag!!! They will NOT qualify this year via a promo/ relegation match, they will loose and if they play CC next year, it will be through SARU intervention, not their own performance!

  • hallo.daar.56 - 2012-09-20 17:23

    Means nothing. Like last year's currie cup win meant nothing.

      bennie.theunissen.3 - 2012-09-20 17:32

      Still better than the Kings!!

      christelle.delport - 2012-09-20 18:05

      Well, then this year's win will mean so much more

      jeanpierre.heyns.1 - 2012-09-20 18:40

      Yes a like a semi and final against FULL STRENGTH opposition. Go $$$$ yourself!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-21 02:59

      @hallo.daar. The Currie Cup always have and always will mean something. I'm a WP supporter who has been suffering for 11 years now and I'd rather see the Currie Cup back at Newlands than any other trophy, including the Super 15.

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-22 02:44

      @chris And what a suffer that must have been, I can't imagine your pain. I mean 11yr straight? And soon to be 12

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-09-20 18:21

    GO LIONS!!! Keep the cup in JHB :)

  • timothy.vanas - 2012-09-20 18:41

    Go lions keep up the good work and make sure the cup says in JHB.

  • Karlo Kuhn - 2012-09-20 19:31

    die leeus het deur baie gegaan die laaste ruk. bly julle speel so lekker! op die vaal.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-21 03:02

      Another union taken down the drain by administrators, while the players suffer.

  • mack.myburgh - 2012-09-21 09:31

    and so he should be !

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