Ackermann – ‘Axe Jaguares, Sunwolves instead’

Lions coach Johan Ackermann feels the Jaguares and Sunwolves should have been axed from Super Rugby instead of the Kings and Cheetahs.

The number of the teams in the competition will be reduced from 18 to 15 teams next year, with the Kings and Cheetahs already having been axed while a decision on which Australian team is to be cut has not as of yet been made.

And Ackermann feels sorry for the Kings and Cheetahs, especially the former whom he feels performed admirably this season.

“It’s a sad day for those two unions. They’ve played some quality rugby, especially the Kings who have had some tremendous wins this year. There are quality players,” Ackermann said.

“Maybe we should have just gone back to the old way and cut the Argentinian and the Japan side out. Why must they get a freebie after only one or two seasons? That’s just my view, maybe I’m biased towards the South African teams.”

Ackermann though welcomed the prospect of the Cheetahs and Kings joining the PRO12 competition in Europe.

“At least SA Rugby went and made sure that the Cheetahs and Kings can play in a quality competition – the PRO12. That can be massive for them as players.”

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