Lions’ big guns back for Kings encounter

George Byron

THE Lions’ big guns, including star flyhalf Elton Jantjies, are all ready to roar against the Southern Kings in a Super Rugby relegation showdown at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday.

Lions coach Johan Ackermann yesterday named Jantjies in his starting line-up for the key first leg encounter in Port Elizabeth. Ackermann opted to include all three of the players who recently returned from their loan stints at other Super Rugby franchises.

The presence of Jantjies, Franco van der Merwe and Martin Bezuidenhout has given the Lions a massive shot in the arm ahead of their biggest game of the season.

When he heard the Lions line-up yesterday, Kings director of rugby Alan Solomons said: “There is no question that the Lions have got some really good players.

“But I do not think they are better than we are.

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