Lions coach says they need a win to keep Sharks at bay

2014-04-17 17:09

Lions coach Johan Ackermann is not allowing his team to rest on their laurels after the first-round 34-10 win against the Stormers.

He is aware that they will be a far harder proposition to contend with in their clash on Saturday at Newlands.

“There wasn’t a game that they weren’t in but the opportunities did not come their way, along with those 50/50 decisions. They will see the game as a chance to change their season, which has not been good,” Ackermann said.

Ackermann has made four changes to the side that slipped up 25-12 against the Sharks on Saturday. Chrysander Botha and Anthony Volmink fill in for the injured duo of Deon van Rensburg and Andries Coetzee.

Ross Cronje and Robbie Coetzee replace Faf de Klerk and Willie Wepener respectively, with the former dropping to the bench.

Captain Warren Whiteley, who was carrying a calf niggle, has been cleared to play.

He said the Stormers, who have shifted regular flyhalf Peter Grant to full-back, will be smarter with their kicking game.

“I think that they just want to kick better and play a tactically smarter game with him at full-back. We know he possesses a good boot to match his controlled kicking game,” Whiteley said.

Ackermann said a win on Saturday was imperative to keep a grip on the Sharks, who are running away with the South African conference.

He added that it is what they do in the overall log that counts, not in the South African scheme of things.

“It will be good for us to pick up a win and make sure that the Sharks are at arms’ length but where you end up in the competition is the most important thing,” Ackermann said.

“The key though is to focus on the following game, which is what we are doing. We are not putting pressure on players to look at the log and let it affect their performances.”

» Teams

Stormers: 15 Peter Grant, 14 Damian de Allende, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Devon Williams, 23 Jaco Taute

Lions: 15 Chrysander Botha, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (C), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Martin Muller, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 20 Willie Britz, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Jacobus Jonker

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