Ackermann hails LIons’ game-plan

An attacking stlye of play may be be important for the Chiefs but the Lions beat them at their own game to claim victory in Hamilton on Saturday.

Lions head coach Johan Ackermann praised his charges for their performance which resulted in their first ever win over the Chiefs in Hamilton.

“I’m thankful for the win, and proud of the players and management,” he said after the match.

“The team showed good control when we were ahead and behind.

“The players stayed with the game-plan and our tight phases were good.”

Despite the victory, Ackermann feels there’s still room for improvement ahead of their next match against the Highlanders in Dunedin next Saturday.

“We had a few soft moments on defence and although we won, we still have a lot of aspects to work on in attack and defence that wasn’t good and we almost lost the game through our own doing,” he added.

“Credit to the Chiefs, they just don’t give up. We will enjoy the win because it is a good win, but the competition is still long and there is still a lot of rugby left.

“We can’t get too excited and every week everything starts all over again.”