As if the poor performances from the Lions was not enough for their supporters that had to learn that the talented youngster Aphiwe Dyantyi has been ruled out of their clash with the Crusaders.

In fact, Dyantyi, who is the tied for top spot on the South African tryscorers charts alongside team-mate Malcolm Marx with five tries, will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a torn pectoral muscle.

It’s a cruel blow for the 23-year-old who has been a revelation for the Lions in his maiden Super Rugby season.

The match is a repeat of last year’s final which was won by the Crusaders 25-17, giving the star side from New Zealand their eighth Super Rugby title.

Kick-off on Sunday, April 1 is at 14:30.

Meanwhile, in better news for the Lions, loose forward Robert Kruger, who is recovering from concussion, and utility back Howard Mnisi, who sustained a knee contusion, should both be available for selection this weekend.

The Lions will also welcome back scrumhalf Ross Cronje and lock Andries Ferreira this week, both of whom missed last weekend’s trip to Buenos Aires – where they lost 49-35 to the Jaguares – with Cronje having recovered from a rib injury and Ferreira from a back spasm.

Prop Jacobie Adriaanse is also fit again after a badly sprained ankle.

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