Port Elizabeth – Kings director of rugby Alan Solomons has encouraged his team to live up to expectations when they meet the Lions in the first of their Super Rugby promotion-relegation playoff fixtures on Friday.
Kick-off is at 19:10.
In what is being billed as their biggest challenge of the season, the teams clash at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, in Port Elizabeth, in the first of two legs, with a spot in next year’s Super Rugby competition the prize.
The second leg will be played in Johannesburg on August 3 and the team with the most log points after the two games will join the remaining four South African franchises in the 2014 competition.
“This match is critical to both franchises because the consequences of these matches are extremely serious,” Solomons said ahead of the crunch encounter.
“The winners of these two matches remain in Super Rugby and the side that loses is out of Super Rugby.
“And you have to understand the consequences of not playing in Super Rugby, because there is no inspiration to retain young players and no top-class rugby for the public, so the consequences are dire.”
His words were echoed by Lions’ president Kevin de Klerk, who said it