Lions pleased with squad fitness

    2015-04-14 09:01

    Cape Town - Lions coach Johan Ackermann is pleased with the physical condition of his players after nine rounds of Super Rugby action.

    The Lions have won five of nine matches this season to sit seventh on the overall standings.

    The men from Johannesburg have a welcome bye this week, with their next match at home against the Cheetahs on April 25.

    After nine consecutive games, they only have a few injuries, which leaves Ackermann a happy camper.

    “We’re very lucky,” he told Netwerk24. “During the off season, we thought long and hard about how we’re going to manage the players and thus far we’ve done well in that regard.”

    Utility back Jaco van der Walt (broken jaw) is the only long-term casualty on the injury front.

    Wings Courtnall Skosan and Sampie Mastriet (ankle injuries) are expected to recover by next week, while lock Martin Muller (calf) and prop Schalk van der Merwe (flu) will come into consideration for the Lions’ next game.

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