Can Lions sting the Blues?

Meshack Khotha

Meshack Khotha

A titanic battle is expected when the Lions face the Blues from New Zealand in a Super 14 game at Ellis Park Stadium tomorrow.

Kickoff is at 7.10pm.

Both sides are still celebrating their weekend victories after the Lions pipped local rivals the Cheetahs 23-22 in Bloemfontein, while the Blues hammered the Chiefs 32-14 in New Zealand.

The Lions have revenge on their minds after they were humiliated by the New Zealand's outfit in Auckland last season.

Lions coach Eugene "Loffie" Eloff and his boys know the importance of winning with a bonus point in the early stage.

The Blues, who have been tipped to win this year's title, boasts 80 percent of the national squad's players in their camp.

Elsewhere tomorrow, the Sharks come up against the Stormers in Durban.

There's also action at Loftus tomorrow, where reigning champions the Bulls host early pacesetters the Crusaders of New Zealnd in an 8pm kickoff.

Meanwhile, the Vodacom Cup season kicks off today with the Vodacom Blue Bulls facing the Eagles in George.

Tim Dlulane, the Blue Bulls' team manager, said hooker Chilliboy Ralepelle will be in the starting lineup against the Eagles after being cleared by the team's doctor, Tommie Smook last month.

Ralepelle will have to fight his way back to impress coach Frans Ludeke in order to secure his place in the Bulls' Super 14 side.

He is returning from a long-term knee injury that kept him out of rugby for the entire 2007 season.

"Ralepelle has been impressive in the pre-season warmup games and will definitely be give a run," Dlulane said yesterday.

The team will be captained by the Under-21 flanker, Pieter Meyer and eight junior players will be making their official senior debuts.

In East London tonight the defending champions Wildeklawer Griquas meet Border.