B.C. Lions must beat their nemesis to get to the 2006 Grey Cup.
The 13-5, first-place Lions will host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday in the Canadian Football League's Scotiabank West Championship at B.C. Place Stadium.
Saskatchewan came back from a 21-5 first half deficit yesterday to upset the Calgary Stampeders 30-21 in the West semifinal.
The 9-9, third-place Roughriders beat the Lions three times after B.C.'s 45-28 season opening June 16 home win. The Lions' only home loss of 2006 was 29-28 to Saskatchewan on July 14.
"You look forward to playing them because it's not going to be easy," said Lions' slotback Geroy Simon. "It's going to be a tough game, a fight to the finish."
Roughriders handed the Lions their first road loss 32-24 on June 25 and ended B.C.'s seven-game winning streak Sept. 24 with a 23-20 overtime triumph in Regina.
"We've got a little something to prove," said B.C. linebacker Javier Glatt. "They've got to come to our house in front of our fans to beat us in our dome. I don't see that happening."
Saskatchewan will be seeking revenge of its own after losing 2004's West final 27-25 in overtime at B.C. Place.