Kings quite comfortable about return to Ellis Park

George Byron

IN a close contest where the result might hinge on little things, the Southern Kings could have an ace up their sleeve when they face the Lions in a Super Rugby relegation showdown at Ellis Park tomorrow.

No fewer than four of the Kings team have represented the Lions in recent seasons and have gained valuable experience playing at the Johannesburg arena, which will be packed to its 62000 capacity.

The last time Ellis Park was full for a Lions game was the 2011 Currie Cup final, when the Lions beat the Sharks 42-16.

Kings rugby director Alan Solomons said this week that Waylon Murray, David Bulbring, Bandise Maku and Kevin Buys had all played for the Lions and this small slice of “inside knowledge” could prove vital. “We have four guys who have played regularly for the Lions in recent seasons and are all comfortable with playing at Ellis Park,” he said.

“Ellis Park is a really good stadium and the pitch is excellent. A lot of our players have played at the venue recently and we are looking forward to it.”

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