Ackermann warns against complacency

Date published: April 17 2016

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Lions head coach Johan Ackermann expects a tough battle when they take on the Kings in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

Ackermann and his troops will be brimming with confidence after they claimed a hard-fought 29-22 victory over the Stormers in Johannesburg on Saturday but although the Kings are amongst the tournament's basement dwellers, Ackermann is wary of becoming complacent.

“I do believe it’s going to be probably one of our biggest mental challenges because you can’t go down there and expect just to pitch up they a quality side," he said.

"If you look at them as individuals, they’ve done a lot of good things.

"Scrum wise they are strong, they can maul and they’ve got attacking players so it’s going to be a massive game.

"They had a week to refresh they will get some injured guys back so we will have to pick a healthy 23 and a very fresh 23 to go down there for a big fight."

Ackermann hailed his players for their performance against the Stormers and said it was pleasing to see his side come out on top in what was almost like a Test atmosphere.

I think it was a tremendous game of rugby and I’m glad to be part of that in the one sense, the nerves will obviously say different but credit to the players of both teams it was a massive game," he added.

"I’m very proud of my team and how they stayed in the match, how they fought and I think we obviously knew it’s going to come down to the end but credit to the bench as well they made a big difference."

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