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    Ackermann calls for patience

    2015-02-19 16:32

    Johannesburg - Lions coach Johan Ackermann has called for patience when scoring opportunities present themselves ahead of Saturday's Vodacom Super Rugby clash against the Sharks in Durban.

    Kick-off is at 19:10.

    The Johannesburg franchise suffered a 22-8 defeat to the touring Hurricanes in their opening match of the season, despite dominating most of the facets for much of the match.

    "We need to show patience in that attacking zone, if it takes us a few more phases to score then we have to be able to build that pressure," Ackermann said at the team announcement in Johannesburg on Thursday.

    "We are confident that the guys will be better than the week before and if they can keep that patience and that accuracy when we get those opportunities hopefully we can get the scoreboard going."

    Ackermann made three changes to the run-on side with flank Jaco Kriel given a week to recover from a groin injury with Warwick Tecklenburg replacing him.

    "Jaco has the X-factor, he is an exciting player and we will miss him but we had to make that honest call as he does not feel 100 percent," Ackermann said about change.

    "If it was a do-or-die situation he could probably have played but it is a long season so the best call is to get him ready."

    The only other change to the run-on side was in the front row where Jacques van Rooyen comes in at loosehead prop at the expense of Schalk van der Merwe, who shifts to the bench.

    Meanwhile, hooker Robbie Coetzee and prop Julian Redelinghuys were declared fit and would be supplying cover.

    Set to make their Super Rugby debuts, 20-year-old lock JP du Preez was named on the bench along with Ruaan Lerm as loose forward cover and centre Harold Vorster.

    "He (Du Preez) is going to gain his form and it is a question of time and we've got to back him, last year people didn't expect Bossie to win games for us, now they do," the Lions coach said about the 2.10m lock.

    "We must just back him and he must back himself, nobody goes out there to make a mistake just like nobody out there makes mistakes on purpose in their jobs."

    Meanwhile, Ackermann said they had faith in first-choice flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff, who made a shaky start to the season missing three kickable penalties while his general play lacked its usual intent.

    "He is going to gain his form and it is a question of time and we've got to back him, last year people didn't expect Bossie to win games for us, now they do," he said.

    "We must just back him and he must back himself, nobody goes out there to make a mistake just like nobody out there makes mistakes on purpose in their jobs."

    Teams:

    Sharks

    15. SP Marais, 14. Odwa Ndungane, 13. Waylon Murray, 12. Heimar Williams, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Patrick Lambie, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Tera Mtembu, 7. Renaldo Bothma, 6. Marcell Coetzee, 5. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4. Lubabalo Mtyanda, 3. Jannie du Plessis, 2. Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1. Dale Chadwick

    Substitutes: 16. Kyle Cooper, 17. Thomas du Toit, 18. Matt Stevens, 19. Marco Wentzel, 20. Jean Deysel, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Fred Zeilinga, 23. Andre Esterhuizen

    Lions

    15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9.  Ross Cronje, 8.  Warren Whiteley (captain), 7.Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Derick Minnie, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Martin Muller, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Jacques van Rooyen

    Substitutes: 16. Robbie Coetzee, 17. Schalk van der Merwe, 18. Julian Redelinghuys, 19. JP du Preez, 20. Ruaan Lerm, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Elton Jantjies, 23. Harold Vorster

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