Lions coach Eugene Eloff is missing just one player from the team that went down bravely to the Sharks at the weekend.
Jorrie Muller, the former Springbok utility back, popped his shoulder and may have to have an operation. It is the only casualty from the Lions 33-22 loss to the Sharks in Durban on Friday night.
Although it was a defeat, many in the Lions camp feel it is a step in the right direction. But a victory is urgently needed otherwise another slide could start as was witnessed in the Super 14.
“Jorrie is definitely out for a couple of weeks, but it could be longer if he has to undergo surgery, which is a possibility,” Lions captain Wikus van Heerden told keo.co.za.
The Lions face a wounded Blue Bulls outfit at Ellis Park on Saturday with both teams desperate for a good display. Although the Bulls won in the first round, the manner of their 18-16 victory at home over the Valke left much to be desired.
“They will be keen to put the record straight after coming in for some criticism after that game (against the Valke), but we are training hard and the game will be at Ellis Park, which is to our advantage.”
After facing one of the competition favourites in round one, the Lions take on their trans-Jukskei rivals on Saturday. That will be followed by a trip to Bloemfontein to meet the defending champions and then they host the impressive Valke on July 14.
By Andrew Hollely