Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
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4 Mar 2014
6:20 am

Life goes on for upbeat Lions

Rudolph Jacobs

It wasn't quite the end of the world for coach Johan Ackermann when the Lions lost their unbeaten record in this year's Super Rugby competition at Loftus last weekend.

Johan Ackermann. Picture: Gallo Images

While it was the Lions first loss after two consecutive wins and the Bulls’ opening win after defeats in their first two encounters, there were enough positives to keep their heads up high.

“Life goes on,” said Ackermann.

It does however not get any easier for the Lions who will now have to travel to Durban to face the buoyant Sharks who thrashed the Bulls 31-16 in week one at Kings Park.

“I think our defence was good at Loftus,” said Ackermann. “We tackled really well under immense pressure.”

With the possible exception of centre Alwyn Hollenbach returning after missing the Loftus game with a groin injury and flyhalf Elton Jantjies and wing Anthony Volmink back after shoulder injuries, no drastic changes are expected.

The Lions just missed out on a bonus point having lost 25-17, but the reality was that the Bulls enjoyed a commanding 25-10 lead with just two minutes left before replacement hooker Willie Wepener scored a consolation try.

The Lions also never played themselves in a position where flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff could cause havoc with his destructive drop goals.

They also had an opportunity on the stroke of halftime to reduce matters to just 19-13, but Boshoff missed his first penalty attempt after 15 consecutive successful kicks in the competition.

“With the Bulls having a nine-point lead at the break we were under pressure to come back, but they pinned us down in our own half and tactically we were not good on the day,” said Ackermann.