Kings primed for battle

George Byron

IT will be a fight to the death when the Southern Kings square up to the Lions in the “Battle of the Bay” for Super Rugby survival at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium tonight.

Rugby’s promotion-relegation grudge match has gripped the imagination of fans who are expected to pack the 46000-seat stadium to capacity.

Former stars have predicted a close tussle, although the bookmakers have the Lions as 7-10 favourites to win the first-leg encounter.

By yesterday, more than 30000 tickets had already been sold and a last- minute rush is expected as kickoff approaches.

The Kings will go into battle armed with a pep talk from Eastern Cape premier Noxolo Kiviet, who visited the players and chatted with them in private yesterday.

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