CAPE TOWN – Kings Director of Rugby Alan Solomons believes they have every chance of pulling off a shock victory over the Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.
To stay up, the Kings will have to win the second promotion/relegation match at Ellis Park and beat the Lions by at least eight points or with a four-try bonus point.
The Lions beat the Kings 26-19 in Port Elizabeth last week, and hold a seven point advantage heading into Saturday’s fixture.
But Solomons believes they can turnaround that slender lead.
“We’re seven points behind. We need to start the game as if they scored at the first minute of the game. We have to be measured in the way we approach our game.”
The Kings will be without flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis after he suffered a shoulder injury last week.
George Whitehead will start in the flyhalf channel.
Solomons says Whitehead knows there is a lot expected of him.
“It’s a massive blow for us to lose Demitri but George is an excellent player. He is the guy who started against the Brumbies. I know he certainly has the ability and I think he’s personally looking forward to the game more than anyone else.”
Meanwhile, Lions president Kevin de Klerk has called on their fans to be on their best behaviour at Ellis Park.
This follows allegations that the Lions were ill-treated by Kings fans last week.
The game kicks off at 5pm.