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Watson and Tyibilika to go head-to-head

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The two controversial opensider flankers of South African rugby, Luke Watson and Solly Tyibilika, will go head to head this Saturday in the opening weekend of Currie Cup 2007.

Tyibilika will be coming off the bench for the Lions and Watson has returned to lead Western Province in their clash at Newlands on Saturday.

“Solly will be on the bench,” said Lions coach Eugene Eloff.

“And he’s definitely going to be getting game time.”

Tyibilika made headlines when he was ropped from both the Lions’ Super 14 and Vodacom Cup sides as a result of a dispute between him and the Lions’ management.

He was playing club rugby for the Wanderers, but has recently resolved his differences with the Lions management and so is back in the lineup.

Watson, on the other hand, made the front page when he was selected for the South African Tri-Nations squad without the consent of coach Jake White.

The 2006 South African Super 14 Player of the Year had already made public his lack of faith in the current Springbok coaching regime when he said last year that White had “lost the integrity, honour and pride that the Bok should be about”.

Although Eloff rates Watson highly, he is not threatened by Watson’s potential inclusion in the team after being released from national duty.

“He’s a very good rugby player,” said Eloff.

“But a team consists of 22 men and no matter how good he is he can’t win it on his own, so no, we’re not worried.”

The Lions preparation have gone very well, according to the coach, and they will be naming their team to play WP on Wednesday at midday.

By Gareth Green 365 Digital

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