Double injury blow for Lions

    2013-02-05 15:29
    Cape Town - The Lions have received a blow ahead of their match against the Kings with loose forward Willie Britz and scrumhalf Michael Bondesio out injured for several weeks.

    According tot he Rugby365 website, Britz, one of the star players in their three matches so far this year, suffered torn ankle ligaments and could be sidelined from four to 12 weeks.

    "We are awaiting results after scans to determine the exact extent of the injury," Lions coach Johan Ackermann said.

    Bondesio pulled a calf muscle in their 32-38 loss to the Bulls on the weekend and will be sidelined for two to three weeks.

    Ackermann said they will be looking to get back to winning ways when they face the Kings at home on Saturday, a game which is billed as a grudge match after the Kings were named as the Lions' replacements in Super Rugby.

    "One of our goals was to be competitive in all the games and play attractive, entertaining rugby - to make our sponsors and supporters proud," said Ackermann.

    "We had a bit of a hiccup (against the Bulls), where we did not execute everything we wanted to and conceded points too easily.

    "Now we want to get the campaign back on track and hopefully get a win (on Saturday)."

    Lions fixtures/results list for 2013 (which includes Lions Challenge matches and excludes Currie Cup games):

    January 19: Lions 51-13 Russia - Ellis Park
    January 23: Lions 33-17 Cheetahs - Ellis Park
    February 2: Lions 32-38 Bulls - Orlando Stadium, Soweto
    February 9: Lions v Kings - Ellis Park
    February 23: Namibia v Lions - Windhoek
    March 16: Lions v Mont de Marsan - Ellis Park
    April 13: US Invitational v Lions - Ervine, California
    April 20: US Invitational v Lions - Vancouver, Canada
    April 27: Chicago Lions v Lions - Chicago
    May 11: Lions v Agen - Ellis Park
    June 1: Lions v Samoa - Ellis Park
    June 8: Lions v French Barbarians - Ellis Park
    June 15: Lions v Stormers - Ellis Park
    June 21: Lions v Sharks - Ellis Park
    July 12: Lions v Montpellier - Ellis Park
    July 20: Lions v Grenoble - Ellis Park
    July 27: Super Rugby promotion/relegation first leg -  TBA
    August 3: Super Rugby promotion/relegation - Ellis Park

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