Buys boost for Lions

Tighthead Kevin Buys is set to return from injury for the Lions’ encounter with the Chiefs on Friday.

Buys, the Lions’ find of last year’s Currie Cup, missed their 26-13 defeat to the Stormers, with Ross Geldenhuys starting in the No 3 jersey. However, Lions management confirmed to that Buys’ omission from their tournament opener due to a lower back injury was merely precautionary and he’ll be fit to face last year’s losing finalists.

The Kiwi’s scrum was solid against the Sharks and marched them back at times, but Buys’ return would be timely for the Lions’ set-piece. However, his greatest advantage is in the loose. In a Lions side lacking quality ball-carriers due to the departure of Willem Alberts, Buys’ prowess will be vital in bossing the collisions against a typically physical New Zealand outfit.

The team’s medical report from the Stormers match was also positive, with no serious injuries apart from the usual bumps and bruises and cramp that numerous players suffered from in the summer heat.

Coach Dick Muir, understandably unimpressed with their woeful first half showing, made four substitutions at the break. These were all tactical, including high-profile signing Carlos Spencer and his halfback partner JP Joubert.

By Grant Ball