Lions in good shape ahead of Super Rugby return

Golden Lions coach Johann Ackermann says the majority of his squad are in good shape.

Golden Lions players celebrate with fans after their thundering win against Southern Kings at Ellis Park, which secured them a spot in the Super Rugby next season. Picture: Lions official Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Golden Lions coach Johann Ackermann is confident his team has enough depth to cope with a long injury list just weeks before the start of Super Rugby.

Elton Jantjies, Anthony Volmink, Ruan Dreyer, Ruan Combrinck, Deon Van Rensburg and Lionel Mapoe are just some of the players on the injury list. The Lions get their Super Rugby campaign underway on the opening night when they travel to Bloemfontein to take on the Cheetahs.

Ackermann says despite the injuries, the squad is in good shape.

"It looks like most of the players came back in good nick after the break. It's now up to us to see who the best 35 players are. We've still got four or five Pumas players and two Leopards players with us, and hopefully we'll get some of our injured players back before the first game."

Ackermann says the majority of the injured players should be available for the opening of the competition.

"Elton Jantjies and Anthony Volmink are two of our main players. By the second or third round I think all of our players will be fully fit and available for selection. Ruan Combrinck, Lionel Mapoe, Deon van Rensburg and Dylan Des Fountain will all probably be fit in the next three to four weeks."