'Lot of bad blood'

DANIEL WILSON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

The trenches will be dug deep and at the end of the night and the sidelines could resemble a combat triage as the Lions and Roughriders do battle for Western Division supremacy, Saturday in Saskatchewan.

"It's going to be intense, no doubt about it," said linebacker Javier Glatt. "There's a lot of bad blood with a few guys. I think there's a mutual respect for each other's team. We respect them, they respect us, so we know that we have to bring our A-game to get a win."

Glatt's return to the line-up couldn't have come at a better time for the Lions going into what could prove to be the most important contest of this season, for both teams.

Glatt, who missed the last seven games with an ankle injury, says he'd return Saturday regardless, but the fact the game is vital compels him.

"It's killing me watching, but it's just that much more of a motivator being the biggest game of the year so far and a game that we've been looking forward to for quite some time."

The Lions currently sit atop the Western Division, one point ahead of Saskatchewan. In the event that both teams finish the regular season tied, this tilt will count as a tiebreaker.

"It's going to be a big battle because there's a lot riding on the game," said defensive lineman Aaron Hunt, who will face his brother Reggie, a linebacker for the Riders. "We're in first, they're a close second. We have to put some distance in front of them."

The Lions also have to take into account the intimidating Riders' nation, one of the wildest crowds throughout the league.

"The fans are nuts," conceded Glatt. "They love to have fun and be loud. It's got a mystique about it, kind of the centre of the Canadian football universe, as far as I'm concerned. It's fun going there, but at the same time, it can be hostile. You just have to deal with it and come out with a victory."

In week three, the Leos thumped the Riders 42-12, but the green machine got revenge with a 21-9 victory in Week 6. The visiting team won both encounters, a trend B.C. hopes to maintain.

"They got great fans who love their team and they hate us," said Hunt. "Everybody hates us, we're cool with that. We just go in their house and win, that's what we have to do."


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