The Lions will host the Stormers on Saturday in what will be their first home Super Rugby match in a year and a half with the odds stacked against them.
We are waiting for the kick off. The Stormers are coming on to the field. The Lions are on the field.
0.01: The Stormers kick off and we are underway.
2.00: The Stormers and the Lions both show signs of early attack. The Lions move the ball around and then Warren Whiteley slips through that famous defence and passes to Stefan Watermeyer who races away and scores. TRY! Wait the TMO will check to see if the pass was forward. Endless views are being looked at here. It's taking an age. It's awarded.
2.00: Marnitz Boshoff takes the conversion and slots it.
4.00: The Lions win a scrum and they are hitting the Stormers with pace and power. The Stormers are having to scramble. The Lions struggle to get through this time and Boshoff sees this so he goes for a drop goal and nails it.
6.00: The Lions are playing better than they have in years. The Stormers look stunned.
7.00: The Lions win a line out and then a penalty. They take it quickly and Boshoff goes for another drop goal. He nails it again!
10.00: The Stormers string some phases together but then they knock on. The Lions win the scrum but they get caught in their 22. The just manage to get the ball upfield.
12.00: Penalty to the Stormers. Catrakilis will kick for posts. He takes the shot and misses.
14.00: Penalty to the Lions. Boshoff takes the kick and nails it.
18.00: Scarra Ntubeni is caught offside so the Lions have another penalty kick. They will go for posts again.
19.00: Boshoff takes the kick - 3m inside the Stormers half - and again he nails it. What a start. A point a minute.
21.00: Penalty in front of the posts for the Stormers. The Lions get a talking to as well. Catrakilis kicks for the corner.
23.00: The Stormers work the ball with patience to the Lions line. They go for the line and then they go again and Ntubeni scores again.TRY!
24.00:Catrakilis slots the conversion. The Stormers are on the board.
27.00: The Stormers are growing stronger now. They are going through the phases and making ground in Lions territory.
29.00: The Lions weather the Stormers attack and boot the ball downfield.
31.00: The Lions get the ball into the Stormers half for a line out. The Stormers win the ball but then lose it as the Lions put them under pressure.
34.00: Penalty to the Lions. Boshoff takes the kick and yet again he nails it.
36.00: Penalty to the Stormers for illegal scrumming. They kick for the corner.
39.00: The Stormers work the ball to the Lions try line. They go through the phases 5m out. The Lions however poach the ball but knock on. Injury break as Lions player is injured.
40.00: The siren has gone but we have time for a scrum. Then a penalty to the Stormers. Catrakilis will kick for posts.
41.00: Catrakilis nails it. It's half time.
The Stormers had 62% of the possession in the first half and 73% of the territory.
The half time score was Lions 22 Stormers 10
The Lions kick off and we are underway for the second half.
42.00: Scrum penalty to the Stormers. They kick for touch.
43.00: The Stormers go long with the line out and then kick out wide and chase but the ball goes out. However Franco Mostert is shown a yellow card for an infringement. The Stormers go for the line out again.
44.00: The Stormers drive for the line but they get held up going forward. 5m Stormers scrum.
45.00: Duanne Vermeulen gets the ball from the scrum and goes for the line but he can't get it down and the Lions have stopped the Stormers again.
46.00: The Lions defend a Stormers attacking scrum and win a penalty. Boshoff kicks for touch.
48.00: Both sides have gone to the bench. Too many to list. The Lions start to attack and Boshoff goes again for a drop but its too far out and its touched and misses.
50.00: Penalty to the Lions. Boshoff takes it and again nails it. Lions lead by 15.
52.00: Penalty to the Stormers. Again they kick for the corner and line out.
53.00: The Stormers win the line out and attack. They go again and again at the Lions line but just cannot get through. 13 phases.
54.00: The Lions defence on their line has been outstanding. The Stormers win another line out and again the Stormers bash away at the line.
56.00: 8 phases on attack at the line but the Lions push them backwards by 10m. The Lions turn the ball over and run it out.
57.00: The Stormers turn the ball over, lose it then get it back and then Catrakilis kicks it out. The Lions kick it back and the Stormers attack from deep. There is a break in play as a player from each side is down injured. The game resumes.
59.00: The Lions win a penalty from the scrum. They kick upfield and the Stormers lose the ball as the Lions chase it. The Lions lose the ball then the Stormers lose it and knock on. In that the Lions gained half the field.
62.00: The Stormers get some attacking ball and Jean de Villiers finally shows something on attack. He is caught and we go back for a penalty. Catrakilis kicks but fails to find touch. Lions attack.
64.00: Penalty to the Lions. Boshoff kicks and sets up a line out well inside the Stormers half.
65.00: The Lions are on the attack in the Stormers 22. Boshoff slips back for the drop but the Lions continue to attack. It goes back and Boshoff nails the drop again.
67.00: The Lions look dangerous on attack in the Stormers 22 but they concede a penalty. The Stormers take it quickly and work the ball to the half way line. They win a penalty and kick for the line. Players are dropping with cramp.
68.00: Stormers have had 75 % of territory in the second half.
69.00: The Lions turn the ball over after a break from the Stormers and Boshoff kicks upfield.
70.00: Penalty just outside the Stormers 22. Boshoff will kick for posts.
71.00: Boshoff nails the penalty again. Surely that is too much now for the Stormers.
74.00 There is a break in play as a Lions player Chrysander Botha is flat out on the field. He comes off and the game resumes. The Lions kick for the corner.
75.00: The Lions win a maul and drive for the line 5m out. They knock on.
76.00: The scrum has to be reset.
77.00: The scrum fails to complete again but then a fight breaks out. It dies down and then the scrum is set again.
78.00: Penalty again for the Stormers but they can't hold on to the ball and knock on.
80.00: Penalty to the Lions. Boshoff takes the kick and yet again he nails it.
That's it. The Lions win. Again.
The full time score is Lions 34 (22) Stormers 10 (10)
Tries - S.Watermeyer
Pen - M.Boshoff 6
Con - M.Boshoff
Drop - M.Boshoff 3
Cards - F.Mostert (Yellow 43rd min)
Tries - S.Ntubeni
Pen - D.Catrakilis
Con - D.Catrrakilis
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Jason Jaftha/TBC (South Africa),
Assistant Ref 2:Cobus Wessels (South Africa)
TMO:Johan Greeff (South Africa) with Pieter de Bruin (South Africa) in training
15. Chrysander Botha , 14. Deon van Rensburg , 13. Stefan Watermeyer , 12. Alwyn Hollenbach , 11. Ruan Combrinck , 10. Marnitz Boshoff , 9. Faf de Klerk , 8. Warren Whiteley (c) , 7. Derick Minnie , 6. Jaco Kriel , 5. Franco van der Merwe , 4. Franco Mostert , 3. Julian Redelinghuys , 2. Robbie Coetzee , 1. Schalk van der Merwe
Replacments : 16. Willie Wepener , 17. Jacques van Rooyen , 18. Ruan Dreyer , 19. MB Lusaseni , 20. Warwick Tecklenburg , 21. Ross Cronje , 22. JW Jonker , 23. Coenie van Wyk
15. Gio Aplon, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Michael van der Spuy, 12. Jean de Villiers (c), 11. Damian de Allende, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger (vc), 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Replacements:, 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Pat Cilliers, 19. Michael Rhodes, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Nic Groom, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Ryno Eksteen