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Lions coach Johan Ackermann has done a masterful job transforming his team from easybeats to Super Rugby finalists, yet his decision ahead of the final round may have already dashed any hope of a fairytale title. Cyber Monday Jerseys .It certainly has been sensational season for the Johannesburg side, one that began with Super Rugbys historic entry into Asia when the Lions were the first team to face Japans fledgling franchise, the Sunwolves.The Lions then beat tournament heavyweights, the Chiefs, on their own patch before going on to finish the regular season with 11 wins and 52 competition points - giving them second seeding for the finals series.All this after they were confined to Super Rugby obscurity just three years ago when the South African Rugby Union guaranteed Southern Kings a competition spot, only to realise they would be forced to demote a franchise at the same time.But a year later the Lions were back and after a steady progression from 12th (2014) to eighth (2015), Ackermann has taken the Lions into unchartered territory - a Super Rugby final.It has been a supreme coaching effort, one sure to see him coach the Springboks in the future.Yet the former Springboks lock appears to have made one big error in judgement: sending a second-string team to face the Jaguares in Buenos Aires in the regular seasons final round.Ackermanns logic in doing so appeared sound enough, given the fact the Lions had already secured a home quarterfinal and what looked like a matchup against one of New Zealands wildcard qualifiers.But when the Hurricanes stunned the Crusaders with a bonus-point win in Christchurch and the Highlanders beat the Chiefs in Dunedin, the No.1 seeding was suddenly up for grabs in Argentina.And if the Lions had risked even half their regular starting lineup against the Jaguares, they may have been preparing for a final on home soil at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg.Their assignment instead is a trip to Wellington to face the Hurricanes, a team riding an irresistible wave of momentum and the sublime skills of Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara and Ardie Savea.The Hurricanes, too, are desperate to atone for last years loss to the Highlanders in the decider at home; coincidentally it was the Highlanders that the Lions beat on Saturday night to earn a maiden shot at some silverware.But history suggests the South Africans will be at long odds to lift the trophy.For while the Highlanders upset the Hurricanes in Wellington last year, just four other Super Rugby finals have been won by the away team - three of which belong to the Crusaders.And crucially, the Crusaders are the only side to win a Super Rugby final overseas, a feat they achieved against the Brumbies in Canberra way back in 2001.Those statistics wont make pleasant reading for Lions fans, yet those wearing black and yellow on Saturday could be forgiven for feeling a little edgy as the Hurricanes remain the only New Zealand franchise still to win a Super Rugby title.And given the Lions boast a similarly in-form trio as the Hurricanes in Faf de Klerk, Elton Jantjies and Jaco Kriel, Saturdays final is anything but a foregone conclusion.But Ackermanns decision to send a second-string side to Argentina, albeit before the final-round drama in New Zealand, suggested the Lions were content with reaching the final, rather than hosting it.As fine a coach as Ackermann has become, the Lions now must defy an overwhelming majority of history and win in Wellington or he will otherwise be added to an unfortunate list of all-time coaching blunders.That would be a sad result for a franchise that has picked itself up from the Super Rugby scrapheap. 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Chris Woakes has been diagnosed with a small crack in his right thumb sustained while batting in the third Test in Mohali.Woakes, the England allrounder, was struck on the helmet by a well-directed bouncer from Mohammed Shami and, next ball, was stuck on the thumb as he tried to fend off another fine short ball. To add insult to injury, the ball lobbed to Parthiv Patel behind the wicket to end Woakes innings.Woakes went for an X-ray after the game which showed what the England management are describing as a tiny crack.Despite this, and some oon-going trouble with a sore knee, England are hopeful Woakes will be fit for the fourth Test in Mumbai. Cheap Authentic Jerseys. That Test does not start until December 8 and the England squad has been given a few days off before resuming training with most heading to Dubai.England are expected to announce a replacement for Haseeb Hameed, who is returning to England for an operation on his hand, on Wednesday afternoon (IST). ' ' ' 
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