Sport | ‘It would be arrogant’: Cheery Lions coach wary of comparisons to Ackermann/Swys vintage

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Lions skipper Marius Louw congratulates prone opensider Emmanuel Tshituka on a thrilling win.

Ivan van Rooyen might have had to endure four years of fairly unrelenting criticism over his role as Lions head coach, but he knows quite a bit about taking the long-term view to success.

Back in mid-2012, he started his journey to becoming a renowned strength and conditioning expert as part of Johan Ackermann and Swys de Bruin’s revolution at Ellis Park, which would culminate in the magical run of three consecutive Super Rugby finals between 2016 and 2018.

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