Super Rugby

Travel won’t hinder Lions in Super Rugby final




Lions head coach Johan Ackermann says he believes that having to travel to Wellington, New Zealand will not hinder his team in the Super Rugby final.

The Lions finished second in the Super Rugby standings at the end of the regular season so they have to make a gruelling 12,000 kilometre trip to play the Hurricanes.

Ackermann held back his first choice players in their final round match against the Jaguares to ensure that they did not have to travel and were rested for the play offs but he now points out that the Lions have a good record away from home.

“There is travel involved, but this group has won three out of four last year on the road and this year two out of three on the road,” he told reporters.

“I do believe this group loves to be together and travel.”

“I do believe that finals are meant to be 50-50 and my view is that everybody does have a chance

“It’s a once-off game and maybe if we do the right things well on the day it’s not impossible.

“The pressure is on them, as it is a home game for them,” Ackermann told Sport24.

Ackermann said that the Lions will be going to Wellington with the aim of enjoying the match as they have done in the Quarter and Semi-finals.

“It was good to turn the tables on the Crusaders and the Highlanders, but more important for us is to reset,” he added.

“We must go and enjoy it.”

The Bookmakers currently have the Hurricanes to win by 8.

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