The Lions arrived safely late on Monday in Kiwi country for the Super Rugby final on Saturday against the Hurricanes in Wellington and now it’s all about recovery, said Lions coach Johan Ackermann on Tuesday from New Zealand.
Ackermann said while they could welcome back regular captain Warren Whiteley for this weekend, he was relieved their journey was completed without major hiccups.
“Happy that we had no delays, as could happen with the transfer flight from Australia to New Zealand, sometimes they don’t get that connection flight right,” he said.
“Fortunately everything was on time, although it still was a long flight, we only arrived after midnight on Monday at 12.30am and then the guys still had to sort out their rooms and get something to eat, so I suppose everyone just go to bed at around 2am,” he said.
Tuesday was very much a recovery day while on Wednesday they will step up the training, he said.
“We left the guys to sleep in late Tuesday, followed by a proper gym session in the afternoon, then almost had like a walk-through on the field in the afternoon just to get some of the strategy and knowledge in the head,” said Ackermann.
“A light day but the guys responded well, looked well this morning, so hopefully from Wednesday the energy will start coming back and then we can increase the intensity in training,” he said.