Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
21 Oct 2014
3:30 pm

Lions coach ignores Currie Cup final mind games

Rudolph Jacobs

Mental games are part and parcel of the build-up to Absa Currie Cup finals, but Lions coach Johan Ackermann said today the fact that Province are calling the Lions favourites is a bit far-fetched.

FILE PICTURE: Lions coach Johan Ackermann. Picture: Lee Warren/Gallo Images.

“That they call us favourites are a bit of a mind game, I also heard them say they don’t lose at Newlands, but I believe they definitely don’t want to go into the game as favourites,” said Ackermann today at the Lions training at the Johannesburg Athletic Stadium.

“They ended up on the top of the log and playing at home you have to be favourites,” said Ackermann.

Ackermann said while Newlands was a daunting stadium to play at, it is a great stadium.

“The one thing you know you’re going to get at Newlands is a good crowd and a very hostile one, one that stands behind their team, even when things go tough,” he said.

“It’s a great place to play at – I always tell the players if you haven’t experienced Test rugby and you run out at Newlands, it’s close to it, I think the pitch surface and the atmosphere is close to what you get in New Zealand.

“I tell the players as long as you keep to the structures and processes we’re busy with, and control it, we’ll get the result.”