Kings, Lions ready for Super Rugby scuffle
The Kings are favourites given the Lions’ lack of high-level competitive game time.
CAPE TOWN - Kings Director of Rugby Alan Solomons says the Lions's lack of consistent high level competition has not been a factor in his team's preparations.
The two sides clash in the first leg of the Super Rugby promotion/relegation play-off in Port Elizabeth on Friday night.
Solomons says he doesn't think his opponents are going to bring a different style of playing into the match.
He says the Kings will make their Super Rugby experience this year count in the two matches against the Lions.
"There's no doubt about the fact that we do have an advantage because we have been playing at a high competitive level, week in and week out, which is advantageous for us. Of course we had stresses and strains of playing at that level, whereas they haven't."
Solomons chose to remain neutral in predicting the outcome of the match and refused to label the Kings as favourites.
"I don't think in these kinds of games there are favourites; I think these kinds of matches are 50/50 affairs."
At the same time, Lions coach Johan Ackermann says he hopes they can match the Kings in terms of intensity after a year out of Super Rugby.
"We have had some great games in the last few weeks against the Bulls, the Sharks and Griquas. Was it high enough? I'm uncertain because there is no big replacement if you don't play in the Super Rugby [tournament]."
Ackermann says the Kings's Super Rugby experience this season could lead to them being better prepared.
"They probably had more games at that level but we are quite confident that the level that we train and play at will be good enough for us to compete."
Ackermann says they'll only know whether they did enough in preparation after the first match.
Ackermann says he does not think factors like home ground advantage, intensity of competition and possible fatigue will have a big impact on the efforts of both teams.