Lions won’t change style – Ackermann

Date published: October 21 2014

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The Golden Lions won’t change their style of play when they face Western Province in Saturday’s Currie Cup final in Cape Town.

The Golden Lions won’t change their style of play when they face Western Province in Saturday’s Currie Cup final in Cape Town.

That was the word from the Johannesburg-based outfit’s coach Johan Ackermann who has continued with the expansive game-plan he inherited from previous coach John Mitchell.

The Lions’ enterprising play under Mitchell resulted in a Currie Cup triumph in 2011 but that approach has not brought them any silverware since Ackermann replaced the New Zealander in 2012.

“We took over when John (Mitchell) left and we got to the semis and we lost in the dying minutes,” Ackermann told Supersport.

Last year we also went down with a fight against Western Province and now eventually got into the final. To me it was a big relief, because if you lose a semi-final you are just the same as the guy who ended fifth or sixth, you’ve got nothing.

“We’re grateful to play for the cup.”

And despite having little to show for their attacking endeavour, Ackermann is adamant they will stick to what has worked for them throughout the season.

“I don’t think we will change anything,” he added.

“Even my messages going to the field don’t get changed. This is how these guys want to play.

“What I’m saying is, these guys have a certain character and they will play for each other and they will go down fighting for each other.

It would be dumb for us to say go and change major things between now and next week.”

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