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Lions treat all teams as equals

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Sportal.co.nz     05 Apr 2014     Getty Images

The fourth-placed Lions treat all sides equally no matter where they are on the points table.

And the seven-times champions Crusaders, who are 13th, would be no different.

"We are really focusing on the next job at hand and we respect the Crusaders as a team.

"Even if they came here unbeaten, we would play them with the same intensity and the same attitude," he said.

The game is important for the Lions as they have three matches at home before heading off on their Australasian tour.

The Lions haven't beaten the Crusaders since 2007 but Ackermann claimed the underdog tag for his side.

"They are the type of side that can easily turn their season around if some results go their way.

"We won't fall into the trap of thinking they are out of form and that they aren't the same Crusaders team of old.

"On the day they can beat any team – they definitely have players who are good enough to do that," he said.

Ackermann is able to have some confidence ahead of the game having several players back from injury to bolster the experience he can call on.