Lions assure no complacency

2013-08-01 07:43

Cape Town - Lions centre Dylan des Fountain has assured fans they won't be overconfident in Saturday's second Super Rugby promotion-relegation playoff against the Kings.

The Lions won the first match in Port Elizabeth 26-19 and head into the second clash at their Ellis Park home as firm favourites to book their return to Super Rugby.

For the Kings to stay up, they have to win Saturday's second clash by at least eight points or with a four-try bonus point.

But Des Fountain (28), who had a stellar game in Port Elizabeth last week, has warned his team-mates against any sort of complacency.

"The Southern Kings will come with everything for us, and we know it," he told the Beeld website.

"It wasn't easy in Port Elizabeth. We pulled through, but we face a massive challenge here at our home ground as well.

"We cannot be overconfident and we see it as an unbelievably big match which will get very physical."

Des Fountain said he enjoys his rugby in Johannesburg and he hopes conditions will be more conducive for running rugby on Saturday.

"For me it's nice at the Lions - we are allowed to play rugby with a free will.

"The field was wet in PE (last week) and we couldn't always give the ball as much air as we'd have liked. Hopefully we can get the ball though the hands on Saturday."

The clash kicks off at 17:00, while all 60 000 tickets have been sold out - which sets a new crowd attendance record for Super Rugby.



15. Ruan Combrinck, 14. Deon Helberg, 13. Stokkies Hanekom, 12. Dylan Des Fountain, 11. Anthony Volmink, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Warren Whiteley, 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Hendrik Roodt, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Martin Bezuidenhout, 1. JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16. Robbie Coetzee, 17. Ruan Dreyer, 18. Willie Britz, 19. Warwick Tecklenburg, 20. Guy Cronje, 21. Marnitz Boshoff, 22. Chrysander Botha


15. SP Marais, 14. Hadleigh Parkes, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Waylon Murray, 11. Scott van Breda, 10. George Whitehead, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. David Bulbring, 5. Darron Nell (captain), 4. Cornell du Preez, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira

Substitutes: 16. Charl du Plessis, 17. Hannes Franklin, 18. Steven Sykes, 19. Devin Oosthuizen, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. Wesley Dunlop, 22. Shane Gates


  • Andre Roux - 2013-08-01 07:53

    Good to hear... keep your feet on the ground and do your best. Lions for Life !

      squeegee.pilot - 2013-08-01 09:41

      Isak, you are the biggest dweeb on the entire internet. Shush muppet king.

      Harry Strandloper - 2013-08-01 09:41

      Kom Isak , jy't alweer vergeet om jou pilletjies te vat!

      James Blacksmith - 2013-08-01 10:00

      If it is a South African ref in general, the Kings will be in trouble. "SA Referees are concerned that just the best referees referee these matches, and so Peyper has come hurtling back from Christchurch to take charge of the match where he was originally expected to be an assistant to Craig Joubert in the Pretoria semifinal" Stuart Berry is refereeing the match on Saturday. I've not seen a great deal from him, so don't know what to expect.

      Willem J Swanepoel - 2013-08-01 11:10

      Just gave you the first one BOB.

      James Blacksmith - 2013-08-01 11:14

      @Bob I don't mind the Kings losing if they're not good enough to beat the Lions by at least 7 points with a neutral ref. My concern however is that 'neutral ref'. Yes the Kings played poorly (and so did the Lions), but I have seen some very odd refereeing against the Kings this year and I can't help but feel it might be retribution against the Watson's. If the Kings play well with a neutral ref, they'll run out winners by 21. I'd prefer this not to come down to a penalty with a few minutes to go and then effectively the fates of so many players come down to Peyper's decisions in PE. I'd rather the Lions win in that case and settle the matter for good. Hoping Vergalo gets some time on Saturday. I don't know why he doesn't get more game time.

      Dewald P Montgomery - 2013-08-01 11:40

      Why not, Isak Visser? Peyper missed a dangerous tackle warranting a yellow card on Elton Jantjes, he missed that the Kings irrigated the field an hour before the game so as to get it wet and make it difficult for the Lions, and he missed two forward passes by the Kings. So why exactly do you think Peyper is bad for the Kings? Nevertheless, the Lions will win. They don't need favours. Unlike the Kings.

  • Quota Domino - 2013-08-01 08:14

    The field was wet in PE (last week) ???? you always will be a cape town boy!! you had to be on TIK! i was at that game - it was like 27 degrees .... al that was wet was Peyper's underpants after celebrating the win with Webster Jantjies

      Ernus Smit - 2013-08-01 08:17

      So Quota, what position did you play, since all other players confirmed the field being wet, as in intentionally watered by the honourable Kings prior to the game.

      Heresmy Finger - 2013-08-01 08:20

      Interesting. thats not what the commentators showed the viewers on TV.... To me it looked pretty wet. Almost as much as I suspect your underpants was when the Kings lost.

      Robertdavid - 2013-08-01 08:37

      Why don't you take a sabbatical. Say a hundred years or so ?

      LouisBensch - 2013-08-01 09:07

      Epic fail Quota, please also tell us again that there will only be 2000 spectators at Ellis Park on Saturday, please.

      James Blacksmith - 2013-08-01 10:03

      @Louis Admittedly I think the majority of those expect to be attending an Enrique concert or something. Either that or they got so excited by the prospect of the Lions being the favourite in a super rugby match that they just wanted to see it with their own eyes. The the Lions do win, they would have equalled their average win total in Super Rugby for 2010-2012. Impressive ;)

      Pieter Swart - 2013-08-01 14:28

      i was there too... it was not 27'C , and the pitch was wet...

  • Quota Domino - 2013-08-01 08:43

    wonder how many of the 60 000 ppl who paid R5 a ticket will make it home safely?? You go to Ellis Park to be murdered & raped and hope that you see a bit of rugby aswel

      LouisBensch - 2013-08-01 09:08

      Well you went to PE stadium and returned with a new boyfriend and alot dumber.

      Chez Kri - 2013-08-01 10:25

      And still you go on with this nonsense of yours. We read this bullsh*t comment a few days ago. Just because you are too scared to drive inland more than 2k's doesn't mean the world really is a scary place see? Shame, you poor little bangbroek

      Pieter Swart - 2013-08-01 14:28

      You will fit right in then wont you

  • Peter Hampshire - 2013-08-01 08:43

    Go Lions, we're all behind you! 60000 Vaalies to watch you kick butt!

  • LouisBensch - 2013-08-01 09:10

    Go Lions, this is it, please finish this chapter once and for all!, go boys!!!!!!

  • Nico Pretorius - 2013-08-01 09:30

    GO LIONS!!! Lets get back in super rugby :)

  • Tommy van Rooyen - 2013-08-01 09:46

    I need 3 tickets for Lions game URGENTLY wanted to buy at computicket and said it's sold out! And two of my friends are coming from Durban to watch the game with me and now I don't have Tickets... If any help please contact me: 071 605 9509 (You will SAVE MY LIVE if you can help!) Have a nice day Kind Regards

      James Blacksmith - 2013-08-01 10:05

      Hi Tommy, I might be able to assist. Crap tickets though. I'll meet you at the stadium.

      Chez Kri - 2013-08-01 10:28

      @Tommy. Reply to this comment or go to my facebook (It may be a dummy one but I do still check it) if you don't come right in the next couple of hours. There is a very strong possibility I can get you tickets. And no, I'm not trying to make a profit here; there could just be some spare ones.

      James Blacksmith - 2013-08-01 11:06

      Lol, why thumbs down? Tickets are up and in the corner (WU50). I got them just in case the game was going to be sold out and then managed to get better tickets. Drop me a message on FB if you want them. I'll only be in JHB on Fri/Sat.

  • Louis Coutinho - 2013-08-01 13:31

    @Bob.....Gladly you are a kings supporter and didn't watch any of the Lions games this season, yet Friday was one of their worst performances, come Saturday and they play like they played most of the season I guarantee the kings a rugby lesson never to be forgotten......good luck to both teams may the best one my case I know and believe who that is going to be........

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