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REWARDED:  Johan Ackermann will swop his Lions coaching cap for that of the SA A team. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX

Ackermann says Lions’ historic semifinal feels like ‘just another game’

The Lions face defending champions the Highlanders on Saturday afternoon at Ellis Park, with an eye on making their first Super Rugby final

Blitzboks ready for Rio showdown

GOOD FIT: Tim Agaba manages to combine physicality with  speed and skill. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Only De Jongh made the final 12-man cut with Hougaard on standby as one of two formal reserves

Why WP rugby bosses should face axe and not coach Fleck

Robbie Fleck (Interim Coach)  during the DHL Stormers press conference at High Performance Centre, Bellville on January 19, 2016 in Cape Town. Picture: GRANT PITCHER/GALLO IMAGES

Future of Stormers interim coach Robbie Fleck remains uncertain after disclosing that he’s had no discussions to remove "interim" from his title

Young Ackermann set to step into the breach

Ruan Ackermann replaces the injured Warren Whiteley for Saturday’s semifinal. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Flawless Ruan Ackermann has proved himself capable at lock and at the back of the scrum

Hurricanes hope Coles will be fit for Chiefs semifinal

Dane Coles. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/HAGEN HOPKINS

Coach Chris Boyd is in no hurry to make a ruling on whether Hurricanes captain Dane Coles will play

Opinion

Johan Ackermann must keep the shackles off the Lions

REWARDED:  Johan Ackermann will swop his Lions coaching cap for that of the SA A team. Picture: BACKPAGEPIX

Fickle fans should admit the coach was right to trust his gut about the trip to Buenos Aires — and now a full-strength squad will face the Crusaders


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