Lions look for focus

 Aug 09,2013
Written by: Adam Kyriacou

<b>After securing their Super Rugby status, the Lions face the tough task of refocusing ahead of the Currie Cup.</b>

The Lions will play in the 2014 Super Rugby competition following a one-year absence after they got the better of the Kings in the two-leg promotion-relegation clash.

Having hit such highs just a week ago, Johan Ackermann's men will now face the Cheetahs in their opening Currie Cup clash on Saturday.

The Lions boss admits that it has been difficult to concentrate on this weekend's game.

"It will be a big challenge," Ackermann told <i>Rugby365</i>.

"We gave the guys a mental break and they had two days off [Sunday and Monday]. We started training only on Tuesday.

"It will be a challenge, but the guys have to realise that job is done, the box has been ticked and we now face a new challenge [in he Currie Cup competition]."

The outfit that finishes last in the six-team competition will have to contest a play-off with the winner of the first division for the right to play in next year's edition, and Ackermann admits this is always a point to keep in mind.

"It is a very intense competition and you are up against the best week after week," he said.

"There also isn't much time to catch up of you fall behind [lose a few games], but we have to get off to a good start."

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