The Lions face the Cheetahs in week one's final Super Rugby match-up in Johannesburg tomorrow evening. And this year, Super Rugby's super-flops (Lions) just might be fighting for their lives.
As the South African Rugby Union continues to lobby for a sixth spot in the South African conference, it's still a possibility that one local team may be on the first bus out of Super Rugby.
The Lions are trying not to let this uncertainty affect them. Lions' vice-captain Doppies La Grange says as a team they have not even though about losing as this is a whole new competition. "It's a new year and we are just focusing on ourselves and what we can do to make this franchise and our team a success."
Lions begin their potential relegation battle right from the bell against the similarly stressed Cheetahs
Starting the season at home is security for most teams, but not when you have been beaten up and winless in the regional tournament for over two years in your own backyard, even if you are the defending Currie Cup champions.
Lions' coach, John Mitchell says this is a new beginning and all those bits and pieces that come with victory is that they have created a mental deposit of belief.
With no new acquisitions to speak of, the Lions begin their potential relegation battle right from the bell against the similarly stressed Cheetahs, who put 50 points past them in last year's fixture.