WIN! WIN! WIN!

Click and you could have your selfie appear on a Springbok player's Rugby World Cup jersey!

LIVE

    Lions ready for Kings challenge

    2013-02-04 14:40

    Brenden Nel - SuperSport

    Johannesburg - While admitting that the MTN Lions have a point to prove when they take on the Southern Kings in their next Lions Challenge match this weekend, captain JC Janse van Rensburg has moved to play down the significance of the friendly.

    According to the supersport.com website, there is no doubt there are a lot of smarting Lions fans across the country at the moment. While watching the Kings court controversy at every corner, appoint foreign coaches and deny SARU’s ruling of just two overseas players, the Lions have had to be content with friendly matches against second string sides and the prospect of no Super Rugby action this year.

    Add to that the Kings’ lack of willingness to promote the welfare of their black player base – the reason they were formed in the first place – and it isn’t any wonder that the Lions will have loads of support for their game this weekend.

    Yet the game is still just a pre-season friendly. But to so many who feel aggrieved with SARU’s decision to exclude the Lions from Super Rugby Saturday’s game will be more of a revenge festival.

    The Lions themselves have admitted this is a game they want to win. And while they may not say it openly, it is a game they would want to win handsomely.

    Janse van Rensburg was at pains to tone down the rhetoric ahead of the mouth-watering clash.

    “Everybody is making a big thing about the Kings game, but for us it’s important to stay focused on what we want to do. There is a certain type of game plan we want to achieve. It is an important game for us which we want to win, but the real important game is actually the promotion-relegation game against whoever we play,” Janse van Rensburg said.

    While the Lions captain is correct and the focus should be on building up to the July promotion-relegation clash, the reality is that a win over the Kings here will go a long way in terms of confidence. The Lions have also been mixing and matching teams in their three matches thus far and this weekend may be the first we see of a full-strength side.

    The game is of course important for another reason. Johan Ackermann and his coaching staff will want a lot of depth so that the return of players on loan is a bonus, and not a necessity when their playoff arrives.

    “There’s a lot of hard work on Monday. It is a big game and I’m sure coach will pick his strongest team, but we have to go back and work hard to enforce the game plan we want to play.

    “We want to try and give these players experience, so that if it comes down to the promotion-relegation game, we have a good squad in good nick that we don’t necessarily have to rely on those players.”

    For the Kings this is also a must win game, to show the rest of the nation they belong in this league. Either way, it’s likely to be a cracker of a game.

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    92 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    • Blitz
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
    • SS1
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
    • SS2
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
    • SS3
      Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    /Sport

    Results

    04 July 2015
    27 June 2015
    20 June 2015
    13 June 2015
    12 June 2015
    06 June 2015
    05 June 2015
    30 May 2015
    29 May 2015
    23 May 2015
    22 May 2015
    16 May 2015
    15 May 2015
    09 May 2015
    08 May 2015
    02 May 2015
    01 May 2015
    26 April 2015
    25 April 2015
    24 April 2015
    18 April 2015
    17 April 2015
    11 April 2015
    10 April 2015
    04 April 2015
    03 April 2015
    28 March 2015
    27 March 2015
    22 March 2015
    21 March 2015
    20 March 2015
    14 March 2015
    13 March 2015
    07 March 2015
    06 March 2015
    28 February 2015
    27 February 2015
    21 February 2015
    20 February 2015
    15 February 2015
    14 February 2015
    13 February 2015

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    EXPERT OPINION

    “Craig Joubert deserves plaudits for making a gutsy call against the home side in the Super Rugby semis, writes Herman Mostert.”

    Opinion Poll

    Super Rugby is a thing of the past. Next up: The Rugby Championship. Who will emerge victorious this season?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.