Lions must flatten 'Riders to win West

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

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.


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