Lions back in Currie Cup race after Blue Bulls win

Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann says their 23-62 demolition of the Blue Bulls in the Currie Cup last weekend has put them back in the Currie Cup title race.

“At least it brought the log back…and there are positions up for grabs,” Ackermann said ahead of their fourth-round match against Western Province at Ellis Park on Friday.

“Whereas, if we’d lost and stayed on one point, it would have made it more difficult.”

However, Ackermann warned that they are not out of the woods yet and they cannot afford to take their foot off the gas.

“One or
two games (losses) and the whole thing can change again,” he said.

“It is a small relief but there is still a lot of work to do.”

The Lions face another tough challenge this weekend as the tournament leading Western Province arrive in Johannesburg on Friday.

Western Province drew in their first match and have followed that up with two one-point victories.

Ackermann made a handful of changes to the side which beat the Bulls with Elton Jantjies starting at flyhalf with Marnitz Boshoff shifting to fullback for the injured Chrysander Botha.

Ackermann said they would not be naive enough to believe their victory against the Bulls was a flawless performance.

It was a closely-contested match up until the 49th minute when Bulls prop Morne Mellett copped a yellow card.

At that stage in the match, the Bulls held a narrow 23-20 lead over the Lions.

In the 10 minutes Mellett watched from the sidelines, the Lions scored three converted tries to take the match away from the Bulls.

“There are always areas to work on. We know we can do better on defence, we leaked tries and our kick-chase lines could get better.

“We are not happy with our one-on-one tackling. We are not at the percentage where we want to be and we can even improve on our attack.”

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