Lions had right attitude - coach

2012-09-09 17:47

Pretoria - Golden Lions interim coach Johan Ackermann believes the tries his side scored on either side of the half-time break gave them the confidence they needed for their rare 32-23 Currie Cup victory over the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

There was somewhat of a stalemate up until minutes before the break when the Lions scored their first try of the match to launch them into the lead.

“I think the try just before half-time gave the guys some confidence and luckily we were able to take it through to the second half,” Ackermann said.

“The backline was good but the forwards laid a good foundation from there.”

Ackermann said while the side started out shakily they pulled through for a victory he was happy about no matter the venue.

“I had a good feeling after I spoke to the guys before the match and I could feel that they looked mentally better than last week and the attitude was right,” he said.

“But I also knew both sides were with their backs against the wall and it would be tough, especially that first 20 minutes.”

With less teams contesting the title, ergo there are also less matches and a smaller margin for error.

With their victory the Lions move into the second position on the log on 15 points at the halfway mark, but the positions have proven to constantly change.

“This competition is so equal, week after week you have to perform well and if you are just a little bit off your game you are going to make it hard for yourself,” Ackermann said.

This reality seemed to have hit Blue Bulls coach Pine Pienaar like a ton of bricks as he admitted that the pressure was now on his side, which dropped into the last position on the log.

“One knows you are under massive pressure and we’ve lost two matches consecutively and we are last on the log,” Pienaar said.

“The reality is you have five games left and you will have to win all five of them otherwise you are not going to make it.”

Pienaar said the side let themselves down defensively and the amount of unforced errors they made.

“What cost us was that try just before half-time and just after the break and from thereon you are in a position where you are chasing the game,” he said.

“If you are chasing you are forcing passes and overturn possession.

“I thought we played good rugby at times and did the right things but once again we played against ourselves and made too many mistakes.”

The Bulls mentor was scathing of some individuals’ defensive efforts and added that he would have make employ some measures to remedy the problem.

“You can put guys there in a channel and you expect them and want them to make the tackle,” Pienaar said.

“If they can’t make the the tackle the whole side is under pressure.

“This week we came up short with that and it is something we will have to have a look at and maybe there are other guys that can tackle.”


  • vincent.sevenster.7 - 2012-09-09 18:19

    As I said last week, as a Bulls supporter, all I can say is 'ouch'! I suppose we're at the bottom of our cycle at the moment, same as in the mid 90's.....

      david.w.bakker - 2012-09-09 18:37

      As a Lions supporter YES so glad. But I feel for the bulls, knowing them WATCH out they will be back. The bulls never like to be last and this is temporary.

      foodfor.thought.73 - 2012-09-09 18:46

      A quick question. If the Bulls remains last on the log. Do they then have a playoff with the First devision winner? What happens if the first devision winner beats the Bulls? Will the Bulls then be out of the league, but remain in the Super 15? Just a thought....

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-09-09 19:00

      @Food, I'm sure a lot of people (other supporters would love to have the Bulls out of the S15), but NO it does not work like that. Anyway, if a 1st division team beat the Bulls, damn, just close the doors at Loftus. But the supporters will cause absolute havoc in the next week or so, we will NOT stand for this rubbish. Barend van Graan will not know what has hit him. You cannot go into a competition with no coaching staff e.g. kicking coach on holiday (really!!!!), no defensive coach, no forward coach???? This is NOT acceptable.

  • - 2012-09-09 19:32

    Ja eens lank laaaaank gelede het die Bulle n goeie leier gehad, maar toe word ene Mickey Mouse aangestel..en die res is al klaar geskiedenis. Die Leeus het met die regte houding opgedaag, en die Bulle se houding was lusteloosheid. Ander unies het ouens soos John Plumtree, Naka Drotske, Ackerman, Allister Coetzee, Pote Human...hoekom moet ons dan nou gelukkig wees met Pine Pienaar? Ek sal nie verbaas wees as die nuwe aangekoopte spelers alreeds uit hul kontrakte met die Bulle wil kom nie. Iewers moet n ommekeer plaasvind, maar gaan van Graan die moed he om die stappe te neem? Dis meer n plesier om deesdae Griekwas dop te hou.

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-09-09 20:14

    Kom terug Loftus toe, Ackies!

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-09 22:45

    Check out the cupless, losers at the bottom of the log.

  • danie.fick.98 - 2012-09-10 06:38

    N mens sien nou hoekom Pote Human nie reggekom het om die Bulle te coach nie,.............hy rig hardloop rugby af,iets helemal buite die Bulle se gameplan....

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-10 06:56

      Pote het maar net 'n break gevat van rugby vir so paar jaar.

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-09-10 07:04

    well done Lions, it is great to see our injured players coming back and the difference they make to the team! GO LIONS, keep the cup in JHB !!!

      sean.brady.14224 - 2012-09-10 11:05

      Taute looked good, another game or two and he may get a bench spot for the home Internationals. He couldn't do worse than JdV did on Saturday!!!

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-10 07:14

    It is interesting to see there's no pink.johnny, maaksiek, chaplincharlie, press.delete etc. making a lot of noise on this article which actually is about another game lost by the Pink Pansies.

  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-10 07:15

    Young talented Blue Bull team, trying to play Free State Rugby. (Read between the lines)

  • jacques.duplessis.566148 - 2012-09-10 07:25


  • stuka.nel - 2012-09-10 09:02

    My wife came in while I was watching rugby highlights. She said: "Awwww, is this the Paralympics? I said "'s the Blue Bulls playing rugby...."

      louis.bensch.31 - 2012-09-12 15:54

      Ha ha

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