The Lions form Johannesburg arrive at GIO Stadium this weekend in what is a hugely important clash for both teams as the Super Rugby competition reaches Round 9.
The South Africans, beaten finalists in the last three Super Rugby Grand Finals, come into their tour of Australia and New Zealand, they pay the Chiefs next week, off the back of a shock 5-42 home loss to the Sharks (see page 64 for more details), a defeat that sees them drop to third on the South African Conference ladder.
In the highly competitive world of Super Rugby there’s little time to bounce back from a defeat and a trip to Canberra, not usually a happy hunting ground for the South Africans, will be a tough test.
The Brumbies, of course, also need a win. Heading into a two-week tour that will take in fixtures against the Stormers in Cape Town and the Jaguares in Buenos Aires, a win against one of the pre-tournament favourites would be a brilliant fillip for Dan McKellar and his squad.
@13LionelMapoe14 is celebrating 💯 Vodacom Super Rugby caps this weekend when the @emirates Lions take the field against the Brumbies in Canberra on Sat. Mapoe, who has 116 SR caps in total (played for Free State & Bulls) has scored 32 Super Rugby tries in total.#LionsPride pic.twitter.com/H1HU8YHpCs— Emirates Lions (@LionsRugbyCo) April 11, 2019
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Saturday 13 April 2019
Super Rugby Round 9
Plus500 Brumbies v Lions
(GIO Stadium, 19:45)