Cape Town – Lions coach Johan Ackermann is surprised by
rumours of unhappiness due to the inclusion of his son, Ruan, in the starting
team for their clash against the Cheetahs in Johannesburg on Saturday.
Ruan Ackermann, 20, gets his first start in the place of Warwick
Tecklenburg who will sit out a one-week suspension.
Recent reports have indicated that there is unhappiness
among the young players in the Lions squad who feel Ruan Ackermann is getting
Johan Ackermann was surprised when probed about the matter
“No player has come up to me and complained about it,” the
coach told Netwerk24. “There are also only smiles at the practices and I did not
notice any unhappiness. I would want any player who is unhappy about it to come
and discuss it with me.
“I don’t know where it comes from. As far as I’m concerned,
Ruan has taken his chance. He has worked very hard to get here.”
Saturday will be Ruan’s third appearance in Super Rugby, but
first start for the team after coming on as a substitute against the Sunwolves and
Highlanders on the recent tour.
Saturday’s clash at Ellis Park is scheduled for 17:05.
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12
Howard Mnisi, 11 Courtnal Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren
Whiteley (captain), 7 Ruan Ackermann, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries
Ferreira 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx 1 Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18
Ruan Dreyer, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jaco van der
Walt, 23 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Francois
Venter (captain), 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Neil Marais, 9
Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Lood de
Jager, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais
Substitutes: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Johan
Coetzee, 19 Francois Uys, 20 Hilton Lobberts, 21 Boom Prinsloo, 22 Tian Meyer,
23 Fred Zeilinga