Lions ready for final stretch

2011-09-20 22:29

Cape Town - Golden Lions assistant coach Johan Ackermann says they are ready for the final stretch in the build-up to the Currie Cup knock-out phase.

The Lions are well clear at the top of the Currie Cup standings, leading the second-placed Western Province by 10 points with four league matches remaining. One more win will all but assure the men from Johannesburg a spot in the last four.

However, they do have a tough four games ahead of them. A clash against the Blue Bulls at home this weekend is followed by an away game against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, then a home game against WP before concluding their round-robin phase with a trip to Durban to face the Sharks.

Ackermann told the Beeld newspaper they won't look too far ahead and will take things one step at a time. "We're not thinking about losing or what should happen going forward. Every week is a new challenge and every time we defy the odds and become stronger.

"If it comes down to us winning all those games, it will be good, but for now we're focusing on this week's game."

The former Bok lock also believes they are improving every week, which will stand them in good stead during the business end of the competition.

"We saw in every game that there are areas we can improve in. I don't think we have reached top form yet.

He also believes the union's "hunger for success" will make them a tough team to beat in the latter stages of the competition.

The Lions' game against the Blue Bulls at Coca-Cola Park kicks-off at 15h00 on Saturday.

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  • Baylion - 2011-09-21 07:04

    In recent weeks the Lions seemed satisfied to play a defensive game for large parts of each match (as if they decided to practice defence once they felt the game was won). Hopefully that's over now and that they will play the Bulls off the park and out of the semis.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-21 07:22

      I tend to share youre feelings and predictions my friend - The Lions will be in the semi's with homeground advantage and they should play province in Final at Coca Cola Park !!!

      jk - 2011-09-21 08:32


      BlueRaven - 2011-09-21 12:59

      jk die WP se wiele is besig om af te kom... hulle gaan nie in die final wees nie.

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-21 14:16

      jk wat noem jy n WP supporter by n final? .... lost

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-21 14:37

      En wat noem jy n Bulls speler met n moerse bottel champagne in sy hand - n waiter by die onthaal na die final !!!

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-21 14:41

      @BlueRaven - Surprise vir jou ou Bul - meeste van die beseerde spelers in die WP is stadig maar seker besig om beskikbaar te raak - tydig sou ek se want dit kan help hier net voor die play-offs - Glo my julle bederfie van laas saterdag was die laaste vir die seisoen. Meeste van die groot unies - indien nie almal nie - en miskien een of dalk altwee van die kleiner unies gaan julle of afstof of n moerse skrik op die lyf jaag - mark my words !!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-21 14:44

      Northern Stormer... die Bulle mag dalk 1 of 2 keer waiter gespeel het, die kere wat hulle die WP waiters afgelos het :)

      Northern Stormer - 2011-09-21 17:45

      @BlueRaven - My ou maat lees weer wat ek geskryf het en jy sal opmerk ek het geen verwysings na die WP gemaak nie maar as jou stelling jou beter laat voel - so be it en enjoy dit !!!

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-09-21 07:41

    I think the Lions by 20+. The Lions will be in the semi's and I think they will play WP in the final at Coca-Cola Park!!! My BELOVED WP to beat a GOOD Cheetahs side by 3+. WP groete en STERKTE aan die Lions en Griekwas!!!!!

      Makutu - 2011-09-21 08:38

      Careful what you wish for. There is an emerging flyhalf at the Cheetahs. Believe you me, he is a monster. Coenie Oosthuizen, Johan Goosen, Ashley Johnson and Robert Ebersohn are the stars in the team and believe you me, they will be tough to beat. Goodluck to Province though. They will need it!

  • Red Lion - 2011-09-21 12:21

    Lets go boys....That cup is coming home to Joburg this year!!!!

      jk - 2011-09-21 12:35

      ai lion...get a life and some rugby knowledge and some true rugby roots and and and....there is so mant things wrong with you...

      Red Lion - 2011-09-21 12:55

      Ah my dear Jk, why dont you just get a brain....Maybe you can learn to spell better then hey???? You know that your useless cape side wont win as they always choke in the end!!!!

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