Ackermann’s Lions beat the Reds 23-20 at Ellis Park last week and the Lions mentor says he knows how to floor the Australian side. “The Reds do not have the strongest front row and start bending the rules when you put them under pressure at scrum time,” Ackermann told Die Burger’s website.
“You can also put them under pressure with lineout drives. You shouldn’t let the game become too loose, that’s their bread and butter, especially with the halfback pair of Will Genia and Quade Cooper. “They have centres who can break the line and strong wingers, but the Stormers defend really well and should be able to handle it.
“If I had to play against the Reds again then I’d focus on putting more pressure on Cooper. You have to try and limit the space offered to him and Genia and not give them too much time on the ball.” The Stormers haven’t been as dominant at lineout time – largely due to a crisis at lock – and their scrum also disintegrated against the Brumbies last week.
It will therefore be interesting to see who makes up the Stormers tight five when coach Allister Coetzee names his team on Wednesday.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 10:40 (SA time) on Saturday.