The Lions are one step away from regaining their status as a Super Rugby team but still need to beat the Southern Kings on Saturday to confirm it.
We are waiting for the kick off.
The Kings kick off and we are underway.
2.00: Some early nerves and errors from both teams. They both know how important this match is.
3.00: Penalty from the scrum to the Kings - not binding. They kick for touch.
4.00: The Kings are pressing the Lions back into their 22. They set up a line out on the Lions 5m line. The line out however is not straight so the Lions have a scrum.
6.00: The Kings are really taking the game to the Lions here. The Lions have hardly been in the Kings half.
7.00: Strangely as the stadium was meant to be a sell out there are plenty of empty seats on the upper levels. Cronje boots the ball upfield to clear the ball away but the Kings run it back at them until they are pushed into touch.
9.00: The Kings are enjoying some good continuity on attack in the Lions half. Penalty to the Kings. The Kings will kick for posts. Scott van Breda will take the shot from 41m out.
10.00: Van Breda takes the shot and nails it. The Kings lead.
12.00: Another penalty to the Kings (offside). Van Breda takes the shot and he nails it again.
15.00: After the restart the Lions concede another penalty so the Kings kick for touch again.
16.00: The Lions win a penalty but have to kick for touch.
18.00: Yet another penalty to the Kings for going off the feet. Van Breda takes the kick and this one he misses.
21.00: Penalty to the Lions from the scrum. they take the quick tap but when they run the ball they lose it forward.
22.00: Penalty to the Lions after a high tackle. Jantjies takes the kick and misses. It looks like about 15000 fans haven't arrived at the stadium as there are plenty of empty seats.
23.00: The Kings are caught offside after the restart to the Lions kick for touch again.
24.00: The Lions are getting stronger and stronger now. They have the ball on attack in the Kings 22 but then the Kings turn the ball over.
26.00: The Lions go on the attack but Chryzander Botha chips ahead and chases and the Kings have to take the ball and run it out. The Kings then concede a free kick at the line out.
27.00: The Kings defend their line and the Lions infringe so the Kings will have a 5m scrum.
30.00: Penalty to the Lions. Jantjies will take the kick for posts. He nails it and the Lions are on the scoreboard.
32.00:Penalty to the Lions for not releasing. They kick for the corner.
33.00: The Lions win the line out and drive forward using a maul but the Kings drive over the maul.
34.00: The Lions are camped in the Kings 22. They drive over the line but we have to go upstairs to check if a try has been scored.
35.00:The TRY is awarded after some consultation with the players and the TMO. Derick Minnie is the tryscorer.
36.00: Jantjies takes the conversion from almost in front but he misses.
38.00: The Lions are caught offside so the Kings have a penalty inside the Lions half. Van Breda will take a shot at the posts. He nails it and the Kings lead again.
40.00: The siren goes for half time. The ball is kicked out and it's half time.
The half tine score was Lions 8 Kings 9
The second half is underway.
41.00: Elton Jantjies has taken a knock. After a little attention he carries on.
42.00: The first penalty of the second half is awarded to the Lions.
43.00: Jantjies takes the kick from in front about 45m out. He nails it. The Lions lead again.
45.00: The Lions get the ball and send it out wide to Deon Helberg who races down the wing. He is caught but the Lions support comes and they drive over the line but are held up. The Lions are playing much better this half.
48.00: The Lions are camped in the Kings 22 again but then Jacques Engelbrecht breaks out from the scrum and gets the Kings into safer territory.
51.00: Second half possession is at 90% for the Lions - Kings 10%
53.00: The Kings concede another penalty. The Lions kick for touch.
54.00: The Lions attack on the Kings in relentless and then Jaco Kriel slips through the defence as the Lions get the overlap and he scores. TRY!
55.00: Jantjies takes the conversion kick and slots it to extend the lead.
58.00: The Lions are really starting to open up now and the Kings are hanging on.
60.00: The Lions win another penalty so Elton Jantjies takes the kick and he misses.
65.00: The Kings are not giving up on this. The Kings go on the attack and win a penalty for a dangerous tackle.
66.00: Stokkies Hanekom is shown a yellow card for a lifting tackle on a Kings player. The Kings choose the line out for the penalty.
67.00: The Southern Kings win the line out and drive for the line they get to the posts and Schalk Ferreira scores the TRY!
68.00: The try is converted so the points difference is two points.
71.00: Penalty to the Lions as the Kings are on attack. The last five minutes has been all the Kings.
The Lions take the line out and hold on to the ball. They set up the maul and attack.
72.00: The Kings turn the ball over and attack. The Kings spread the ball wide and to wings and Scott van Breda scores in the corner. TRY!
74.00: Scott van Breda takes the conversion and nails it. That yellow card has cost the Lions 14 points ! Overall the Lions lead by two points !!!
76.00: The Lions have the ball and are attacking in the Kings 22.
77.00: The Lions are 5m out. They drive forward and its all the Lions. The Kings are hanging on. Britz almost goes over but there is accidental offside. Kings have a scrum.
78.00: The Lions are back to 15 players. The Kings are on their 5m line. Tension! Penalty to the Kings from the scrum. Whitehead kicks for touch but doesn't find it so the Lions run the ball at the Kings.
79.00: The Lions win a penalty. Time is running out. The Lions will kick the ball out.
The Lions are back in Super Rugby.
The full time score is Lions 18 (8) Kings 23 (9)
Tries - D. Minnie, J. Kriel
Pen - E.Jantjies 2
Con - E.Jantjies
Cards - S. Hanekom (66th min yellow)
Tries - S. Ferreira, S van Breda
Pen - S. Van Breda 3
Con - S.Van Breda 2
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Jason Jaftha,
Assistant Ref 2: Marius Jonker
TMO : Shaun Veldsman
Ruan Combrink, Deon Helberg, Stokkies Hanekom, Dylan des Fountain, Antony Volmink, Elton Jantjies, Ross Cronje, Warren Whiteley, Derick Minnie, Jaco Kriel, Franco van der Merwe, Hendrik Roodt, Julian Redelinghuys, Martin Bezuidenhout, JC Janse van Rensburg (captain).
Replacements: Robbie Coetzee, Martin Dreyer, Willie Britz, Warwick Tecklenburg, Guy Cronje, Marnitz Boshoff, Chryzander Botha.
SP Marais, Hadleigh Parkes, Ronnie Cooke, Waylon Murray, Scott van Breda, George Whitehead, Shaun Venter, Jacques Engelbrecht, Wimpie van der Walt, Cornell du Preez, Darron Nell (captain), David Bulbring, Kevin Buys, Bandise Maku, Schalk Ferreira
Replacements: Charl du Plessis, Hannes Franklin, Steven Sykes, Devin Oosthuizen, Nicolas Vergallo, Wesley Dunlop, Shane Gates.