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IF THERE’S one team that’s go­ing to bring out the best in the Lions it’s the Storm­ers. And what a fas­ci­nat­ing match is in store.

The teams clash at 3.05pm at El­lis Park to­day in a round three Super Rugby match and while it is still early in the sea­son, how the teams go over the 80 min­utes will give a good in­di­ca­tion of what we can ex­pect come the busi­ness end of the com­pe­ti­tion later on in the year.

Al­ready the Storm­ers have shown they could be a gen­uine con­tender –



hav­ing beaten the Hur­ri­canes and Bulls at New­lands and kept those teams point­less – but this is their first away game and the Lions, de­spite a rocky start to 2020, have a good record at home.

Ivan van Rooyen’s Lions lost badly (38-8) in their first game, away to the Jaguares, and scraped past the Reds in an un­con­vinc­ing per­for­mance last week­end, but with the Storm­ers vis­it­ing you can be sure they’ll want to fire prop­erly.

There’s al­ways a bit of added spice when these teams meet and to­day will be no dif­fer­ent. The Lions will want to be­come the first to put points on the board against the Storm­ers – and also reg­is­ter a win – while the Capeto­ni­ans will want noth­ing more than to make it three-in-a-row and turn the ta­bles on what is a good home record for the Lions against the Storm­ers.

In their last 10 meet­ings, the Lions have won six times and drawn once, with the Storm­ers win­ning just three times, and last year at El­lis Park the

Lions won hand­somely, 41-22.

A third win on the trot for the Storm­ers would set them up very nicely for the rest of the com­pe­ti­tion, while a de­feat for the Lions would leave them with one win and two de­feats and that just days out from their em­bark­ing on a gru­elling four-week tour of Aus­trala­sia start­ing next week.

To­day’s match – be­tween two of the old­est ri­vals in rugby – prom­ises to be another crackerjac­k af­fair. See Sport | Jac­ques van der Westhuyzen

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