Cape Town – Lions centre Dylan des Fountain has assured fans they won’t be overconfident in Saturday’s second Super Rugby promotion-relegation playoff against the Kings.
The Lions won the first match in Port Elizabeth 26-19 and head into the second clash at their Ellis Park home as firm favourites to book their return to Super Rugby.
For the Kings to stay up, they have to win Saturday’s second clash by at least eight points or with a four-try bonus point.
But Des Fountain (28), who had a stellar game in Port Elizabeth last week, has warned his team-mates against any sort of complacency.
“The Southern Kings will come with everything for us, and we know it,” he told the Beeld website.
“It wasn’t easy in Port Elizabeth. We pulled through, but we face a massive challenge here at our home ground as well.
“We cannot be overconfident and we see it as an unbelievably big match which will get very physical.”
Des Fountain said he enjoys his rugby in Johannesburg and he hopes conditions will be more conducive for running rugby on Saturday.
“For me it’s nice at the Lions – we are allowed to play rugby with a free will.
“The field was wet in PE (last week) and we couldn’t always give the ball as much air as we’d have liked. Hopefully we can get the ball though the hands on Saturday.”
The clash kicks off at 17:00, while all 60 000 tickets have been sold out – which sets a new crowd attendance record for Super Rugby.
15. SP Marais, 14. Hadleigh Parkes, 13. Ronnie Cooke, 12. Waylon Murray, 11. Scott van Breda, 10. George Whitehead, 9. Shaun Venter, 8. Jacques Engelbrecht, 7. Wimpie van der Walt, 6. David Bulbring, 5. Darron Nell (captain), 4. Cornell du Preez, 3. Kevin Buys, 2. Bandise Maku, 1. Schalk Ferreira
Substitutes: 16. Charl du Plessis, 17. Hannes Franklin, 18. Steven Sykes, 19. Devin Oosthuizen, 20. Nicolas Vergallo, 21. Wesley Dunlop, 22. Shane Gates