Lions get early crack at Kings

Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:26
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The Lions will be one of the first teams to get a crack at the side that replaced them as a Super Rugby franchise, the Southern Kings.

The Lions will be one of the first teams to get a crack at the side that replaced them as a Super Rugby franchise, the Southern Kings.

Kevin de Klerk, the Golden Lions Rugby Union President, at a breakfast talk on Wednesday gave an insight into what teams are being lined up by his union while they bide their time on the Super Rugby sidelines.

Although most of the matches are still awaiting IRB sanction, the Lions will line up a host of international teams - including Russia, Samoa and the French Barbarians.

Four of the five South African franchises in the 2013 Super Rugby competition - the Bulls, Stormers, Cheetahs and Sharks - have already confirmed.

However, it is the pre-season encounter with the Kings - a match still to be confirmed - that will attract most attention for the Lions and their fans.

Ruben Moggee, the GLRU Chief Executive, confirmed that letters have been sent and the clubs are in the process of accepting them.

"The games against four South African franchises have been confirmed," Moggee told this website, adding that they are still waiting for a date from the Kings.

However, the Lions will get an early shot for 'revenge' on the Kings.

"The game will be before their entry into Super Rugby," Moggee said, adding: "They want to use it as a warm-up game."

The GLRU boss said they hope to have all the matches finalised by the end of next week.

All these games will be without players like Elton Jantjies, Jaco Taute (Stormers), Franco van der Merwe (Sharks) and Lionel Mapoe (Bulls) - who will go on loan to other franchises.

Other teams being lined up, although the matches have yet to ratified by the IRB, are Glasgow Warriors, Agen, Grenoble, Montpellier, the Texas Cup champions and the US Barbarians (twice).

The encounters against the American teams will be part of a tour by the Lions, who will play 15 games - with at least 11 of these hosted in Johannesburg.

The GLRU are also negotiating with a pay-TV station to broadcast all their matches.

It is expected that the Lions will get their 2013 campaign underway when they face Russia in Johannesburg on January 19.

That will be followed by encounters with the Bulls, Cheetahs and the Kings.

Their encounters with the Stormers and Sharks are provisionally scheduled for June, when the Super Rugby season takes a break during the mid-year international window.

Either Italy or Scotland, who tour South Africa in June next year, could be added to the Lions' roster.

And in a further boost for the Johannesburg fans, the All Blacks could play the Springboks at Ellis Park - which will be a handy cash fillip for the GLRU.

By Jan de Koning

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19