Jacobus Roux finally has a chance to show he still has the rugby skills to compete at the highest level.
For the past three years Roux, better known as Bees, was infamous more for his off-field actions, rather than acknowledged for his rugby skills. Now the veteran prop has a chance to set the record straight.
His conviction for culpable homicide in 2011, following the unfortunate incident involving police officer Johannes Mogale the year earlier, has been haunting him ever since.
On Friday, against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, he returns to competitive rugby in South Africa when he lines up for the Lions in what is without doubt the most experienced front row on the Currie Cup competition.
Ackermann told this website that at some stage he had to give Roux a chance.
"We have to make a decision about his future [with the Lions]," he said, adding: "We have to see at what level he is.
"This is now Roux's chance to cement a spot for the future," Ackermann said, adding that the situation must be put into perspective.
"We have to look at how the game develops.
"You can't put a win or a loss on just one player's shoulders.
"It is his opportunity to show us what he is capable of. He can ensure he remains with us, but you do have to be reasonable as it sometimes takes a game or two before you are settled.