The Lions stormed back into third position on the Currie Cup log after their 35-26 win over the Blue Bulls last weekend and once again in striking position, just four points behind the Sharks and Western Province.
“The five points keep us in the running and I will take the result any day compared to the one point they got against us,” said Ackermann.
“Our combination of 6, 7 and 8 was very good, but I want to mention tighthead Ruan Dreyer, I thought he was exceptional. It was a highlight for the entire team.”
Before hosting the log-leading Sharks, Ackermann said they were far from the complete product and highlighted their structures on defence, whether it’ was drift tackles or rush defence.
“I think No 10 and No 15 were good kicking tactically and Boeboes (Andries Coetzee) did very well on the right-wing and it’s not even his best position.
“But I am not happy how we react on defence from positional kicks and we’ll have to fix that,” said Ackermann. While he also highlighted the scrums as still being a grey area, he was very happy with the way the team performed in the lineouts and mauls.
“I think the lineouts were great and we take big pride in that facet and the team are preparing really hard in training on their rolling mauls,” said Ackermann.
“But we will look again at the scrums where players like CJ (van der Linde) were again blown up on a few occasions.”