Translate to: 

Super Rugby: Lions primed to lose beloved Ackers

Super Rugby: Lions primed to lose beloved Ackers
Johan Ackermann.
RUGBY NEWS - Want some reaction from all the local Super Rugby sides’ decision-makers after the weekend’s play? Find it all here in one spot!

The Lions made it look easy against the Reds in a 44-14 win. Given a harsh lesson taught by the Jaguares the previous week, Johan Ackermann’s troops’ performance this weekend suggests that was perhaps merely a blip on the radar.

The Lions still look stable and formidable, which means their most pressing issue is the future of their coach. In contrast, there are still questions over rivals – the Bulls and Sharks – who continue to be plagued by mistakes.

All indications are Johan Ackermann is saying ‘farewell’
When the Lions mentor earlier this week revealed he had indeed been offered a new role at English club Gloucester, many were left shocked.

But they also could’ve held hope because Ackermann, a man of integrity, would definitely evaluate his decision thoroughly. However, those hopes are becoming smaller. Following the win over the Reds, Ackermann again strongly hinted he’s leaving.

“The question for me is: where do I see my next challenge?” he said.

“Do I want to coach in Super Rugby for another three or four seasons and believe that will be the best for me as a coach? Or do I leave this place in a good space and I test myself in Europe to grow?”

He has, after all, been the Lions’ coach for six years now.

“To walk away from this is not easy, it’s not a quick decision.”

A long three weeks await the Bulls on the road
The Bulls make no secret of the fact that they want to follow the same road as the Lions. Coach Nollis Marais has developed a new blueprint but the gains have been limited.

He’s been at the helm since 2015’s Currie Cup now and still his players are making basic mistakes. “We are making too many mistakes, that is why we are struggling to gain momentum,” said Marais after a 34-21 win over the Sunwolves.

“We should have killed them off before half-time. I agree that there are a lot of things that need improving but I feel we are on the correct path.”

The Bulls also can’t afford poor discipline from senior players like Renaldo Bothma’s red card. He’s suspended for four weeks.

“The red card killed us in the second half because you can defend how many times you want, there will be space somewhere,” said Marais.

The Blues and Chiefs will have a field day if that happens again.
08:57 (GMT+2), Mon, 20 March 2017
Your Comments...
Login or Register here.
*To REGISTER you will be directed to the registration page. Once you have completed the registration process, please return to this page.



US Dollar
Pound Sterling
Australian Dollar
New Zealand Dollar
Canadian Dollar
UAE Dirham
Singapore Dollar
Chinese Yuan

Moon Cycle



Get your free daily horoscope + free daily forecast below.
Choose your zodiac sign:
March 21 - April 19
September 23 - October 22
April 20 - May 20
October 23 - November 21
May 21 - June 20
November 22 - December 21
June 21 - July 22
December 22 - January 19
July 23 - August 22
January 20 - February 18
August 23 - September 22
February 19 - March 20

Movie Trailers

Baywatch follows devoted lifeguard Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) as he...
When the child Arthur’s father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law),...
It's 2002. Four friends are having a braai on the Sunday after Johannes...
Set to the all-new sonic backdrop of Awesome Mixtape #2, Marvel Studios"...


Air hockey is one of everyone's favorite challenges! Represent your...
This is the most advanced edition of the popular online version of Pool...
In this Digital Domino Game all the rules are the same as the real game....
The classic mind-wracking math puzzle game is now online! With a brad new...
Voting Poll
Are you ready for winter?
No, I love summer
George Herald 35%
Yes, I'm such a winter baby
George Herald 28%
It doesn't matter to me
George Herald 37%
I'm a 38 year old man looking to meet women between the ages of 25 and 45.
I'm a 27 year old man looking to meet women between the ages of 22 and 38.