Johan Ackerkmann essentially told Brendan Venter to stick to being a defensive coaching after the Springbok assistant coach made comments in The Times.
Venter suggested that Lions coaches will need to rebuild their relationship with flyhalf Elton Jantjies. Venter criticised the decision to substitute Jantjies in the 62nd minute of last Saturday’s quarter-final against the Sharks.
“I don’t understand the rationale behind the call to pull him from the field and replace him with fullback Andries Coetzee. Just like players make mistakes, coaches are prone to strange decisions under pressure and to commit errors. Jantjies has played very well for the Lions over a prolonged period” he siad.
‘I would like to know if the coaches can rebuild their relationship with Jantjies, which was damaged by taking him off in the second half. The Jantjies situation is a side issue the Lions will have to address this week. It’s not something that can be swept under the carpet, because much of the Lions’ success has been built around trust and believing in each other.’
Lions coach Ackermann told the media last week that he has a great relationship with Jantjies.