Lions Confirm Reports
Lions Confirm Reports: The Golden Lions confirmed their pre-Super Rugby schedule on Thursday‚ with a warm-up match against a Barbarians team at Ellis Park‚ another against the Bulls in Harare as well as a game against the Stormers in Cape Town on the schedule. The Lions‚ who were SA’s best team in the tournament in 2016 by finishing as runners-up to the Hurricanes‚ are keeping with the general pattern of three pre-season matches before the tournament begins. They will meet the Lions on February 4. Eight Leopards‚ two Griffons and a host of top club players will form part of this Invitational side. Several players will be invited to play for the SupaBaabaas‚ but players from clubs such as Brakpan‚ Pretoria Police‚ Impala‚ Pirates and Raiders will get opportunities to be measured against the Lions stars.
The Stormers returned to training this week and have been camped in the seaside town of Hermanus as they begin their preparations. The Bulls have been hard at work at Loftus and expect that Bok flyhalf Handré Pollard and centre Jesse Kriel will both be fit for their Super Rugby opener against the Stormers at Newlands on February 25. The Lions will have a new captain on Saturday 24 September 2016 in Blitzboks star Kwagga Smith‚ who is being groomed alongside a number of Lions players for a leadership role‚ with Super Rugby in mind.