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Lions v ‘Landers: A history of humdingers

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Cape Town – If Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby semi-final between the Lions and Highlanders at Emirates Airline Park (15:00) is anything like other meetings between them since the advent of conference formats in the competition, spectators should be in for both a pleasing spectacle and nerve-jangler.

These foes have met four times since Super Rugby was first split into groups in 2011, and the bragging rights are shared at 2-2, with three of the encounters in the balance right to and beyond the siren.

There are two years within the period when they didn’t play each other: 2012, when the tournament draw excluded an encounter, and 2013, the controversial season when the Lions were effectively shoved aside for a year and the Kings made their debut in place of the Highveld outfit.

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