Larkham heaps praise on Lions
Cape Town - Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham
says he has been impressed by what he’s seen of the Lions thus far this season.
Larkham was speaking after his side beat
Johan Ackermann’s Lions in a Super Rugby clash in Johannesburg at the weekend.
With the Stormers having a bye and the
Bulls losing, the Lions had a golden opportunity to top the South African
Conference were they able to topple the Brumbies.
Despite going up 6-0 early in the game, the
Lions quickly found themselves 22-6 down following a blitz of tries by the
The Lions fought gallantly but were never
able to recover, eventually going down 30-20.
The defeat saw the Lions remain in eighth
place on the overall log and they now have to win their three remaining matches
and hope for permutations elsewhere to go their way to slip into the playoffs.
But Larkham said the men from Johannesburg
can hold their heads high and said Ackermann has “achieved impressive things
with the team”.
Larkham, a former flyhalf who played 127
times for the Brumbies and 102 Tests for the Wallabies, has been Brumbies head coach
since last year, having started as Jake White’s assistant in 2012.
“I don’t think the Lions should under-value
what they have achieved thus far in this campaign,” Larkham told Netwerk24.
“It’s a promising young group of players
who have grown a lot this past year. If the core of this group stays together,
the union will have a lot of success.”