Lions change one for game against the Pumas
Golden Lions coach, Johan Ackermann, has said he wants his charges not to slip up in defences in their upcoming game Currie Cup match against the Pumas on Saturday at Ellis Park Stadium.
The Lions had a good match against the Western Province Stormers over the weekend despite missing two tries in the dying minutes.
"Obviously the game was won but we've had a look at the final six minutes and we don't want to concede tries," Ackermann said on Tuesday.
"At times we conceded stupid penalties where we released the pressure which turned on us.
"We want to be more accurate from first phase attack, so there is always something to improve on."
This weekend’s game will be the first round of one-off matches for the Currie Cup season, with the Lions facing the Pumas for the first time.
The match is said to be a battle for second place on the log, with the Lions hoping to keep their winning streak alive on their home turf. The men from Johannesburg currently lay second on the log, only one point ahead of the Pumas.
"All the teams aim to win their home matches and want to play at home if they make it into the playoffs," Ackermann said.
"It won't happen when you focus on your opponent... if we can play the rugby we played over the weekend and stick to our processes then it can go well.
"It is a home match and I would expect no excuses from the players in terms of their preparations."
Ackermann has only made one change to his team for the upcoming game.
Lions lock Martin Muller will be starting in replace of injured MB Lusaseni
"Martin experienced a frustrating Super Rugby as he struggled with a groin injury," Ackermann said.
"Now that he will get game-time we will see his full potential because I've regarded him highly before he joined us from Griquas and the Cheetahs."
Golden Lions team for the game against the Pumas:
15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe (captain), 12. Stokkies Hanekom, 11. Courtnall Skosan, 10. Jaco van der Walt, 9. Ricky Schroeder, 8. Willie Britz, 7. Kwagga Smith, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Martin Muller, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Armand van der Merwe, 1. Schalk van der Merwe
Substitutes: 16. Malcolm Marx/Willie Wepener, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Julian Redelinghuys, 19. Derick Minnie, 20. Warwick Tecklenburg, 21. Mark Richards, 22. Howard Mnisi
Photo Caption: Johan Ackermann makes one change to the Lions for game against the Pumas. Photo courtesy of www.superxv.com
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