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

Coaching highlight for Ackermann

Rudolph Jacobs

He achieved many career highs as a player, but as a head coach this weekend's Currie Cup final is a career highlight for Lions head coach Johan Ackermann.

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

“I’ll have a bit more insight on that when I walk on to the pitch on Saturday,” said Ackermann.

“But there’s not a lot that compares to playing for the Springboks and be part of the emotion and build-up, it’s something I’ll always treasure and in also in 2007 being part of the Super Rugby final, when I played for the Sharks, was also special being part of that build-up.

“So it’s still up there playing in front of so many people, but playing for your country is still very special,” he said.

For Province it’s their fourth final in five years, having lost the 2010 and 2013 finals to the Sharks but winning the 2012 final in Durban.

The Lions will enjoy their first final since 2011 when they beat the Sharks at Ellis Park.

“In 2011 I was only assistant coach, and now I’m head coach so the energy and nerves will be building, the closer we get to the game.

“If you’re a player the nerves disappear once the kickoff has been made, but for a coach it stays there for the entire 80 minutes, and this is definitely one of my bigger matches as head coach. I’m really looking forward to it.”