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Highlanders beat Lions in Dunedin

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Article Published: Friday 9 May 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Highlanders and the Lions the Johannesburg based Lions have won three and the Highlanders two.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.

2.00: The Lions take the ball out after the kick off. The Highlanders win a line out and send the ball out to the wing and Richard Buckman shrugs off a tackle and scores the opening TRY in the corner. The TMO checks. It's a TRY!

3.00: Hayden Parker's conversion looks off but comes back in. It's good.

5.00: The Lions work the ball into the Highlanders half. They get to about 30m out and Marnitz Boshoff goes for a drop goal but misses.

7.00: The Highlanders have the ball and they are going through the phases on attack in the Lions half. Jason Emery dabs the ball through but it goes into touch.  

9.00: Aaron Smith looking dangerous with several sniping runs. This time the Highlanders infringe (not releasing) so the Lions have a chance to clear the ball.

12.00: The Lions win a penalty but kick for touch. They win the line out and try the maul.

13.00: The maul makes some ground but then disintegrates and the Highlanders get the put in for the scrum.

15.00: Penalty to the Highlanders for not scrumming straight. They kick for touch.

17.00: There is a break in play as Josh Bekhuis has injured his knee in a tackle and has to be helped from the field. The game resumes.

20.00: The Highlanders attack in the Lions half again. Ben Smith makes a break but gets caught. John Hardy is injured and has to be replaced by Gareth Evans.

21.00: Penalty to the Highlanders in front but a fair way out for holding on. Parker lines up the kick and nails it.

25.00: Hayden Parker surprises the Lions by banging over a drop goal.

29.00:The Lions have the ball. They go through the phases but the Highlanders push them from side to side and they can't get away from the half way line.

31.00: The Highlanders attack down the wing again but the Lions manage to get back after Buckman chipped and chased. 22 drop out.

32.00: The Highlanders make some ground into the Lions 22 but then they knock on. Lions scrum.

36.00: The Highlanders kick the ball upfeild. Out of nowhere Richard Buckman appears chasing the ball and beats two Lions defenders and scores. TRY! A double for Buckman.

38.00: Parker misses the conversion.

39.00: Aaron Smith and Ben Smith continue to find holes for the Highlanders. This time the Highlanders stretch the Lions and Gareth Evans goes in for the third Highlanders TRY!

40.00: Parker takes the conversion kick from the touchline and hits the post and bounces out.

It's half time.

The half time score is Highlanders 23 Lions 0

The Lions kick off and the second half is underway.

42.00: The Lions get an almost perfect start and they work the ball up to the Highlanders try line and then Faf de Klerk goes over and scores. TRY! The Lions are on the board.

43.00: Marnitz Boshoff slots the conversion.

47.00: The Lions are playing like a different side this half. They work the ball into the Highlanders half and put them under pressure. They do however concede a penalty so the Highlanders clear the ball.

48.00: The Lions concede another penalty so the Highlanders kick for touch and the line out.

51.00: The Highlanders are coming back. They work the ball into the Lions 22 but then they concede a penalty.

54.00: There is a break in play as we look at replays of foul play from Chris King. The Lions get a penalty and Chris King gets a yellow card. The Lions kick for touch.

55.00: The Lions win the line out and work the ball to the Highlanders 5m line but the ball goes dead and the Highlanders have a 5m scrum.

60.00: The Highlanders win a line out but the Lions rip the ball off them and attack.

61.00: The Lions spin the ball down the line and they have the numbers but Anthony Volmink loses the ball behind him.

63.00: Penalty to the Highlanders from the scrum on the half way line. Parker kicks for the corner and sets up a line out on the Lions 22.

65.00: The Highlanders put the pressure on in the Lions 22. The Lions pounce on the ball as it rolls over the line.

66.00: The Highlanders kick for the corner but Skosan gets to the ball. The Lions then work the ball into the Highlanders 22. Boshoff breaks through the Highlanders and passes to Whiteley, the Lions then show some great hands and it ends with Mapoe scoring their second TRY!

67.00: Boshoff misses the conversion.

70.00:The Lions are taking control. The Highlanders look to be running out of steam. Maybe the trip back from South Africa is taking it's toll. The Lions win a 5m line out and Armand van der Merwe bashes over for the Lions third TRY!

71.00: Boshoff misses the conversion.

74.00: The Lions work the ball back into the Highlanders 22 but then they knock on.

75.00: The Lions win a line out and form a maul. The maul collapses and the Lions win a penalty. Boshoff kicks for touch.

77.00: The Lions win the line out and work the ball to the line. They win another penalty and take it quickly. Again they get to the line but can't get over and the ball slows. The Lions go again and again at the line. The ref decides to go to the TMO to see if the Lions got the ball on the foot of the posts. Not clear and obvious so we have a scrum.

78.00: The Lions win the scrum and they almost get over again. They get the advantage but they don't need it as Skosan scores after the Lions sent the ball wide. TRY! Bonus point.

79.00: Elton Jantjies takes the conversion from the touchline and he misses.

That's it. HIghlanders win. Full time.

The full time score is Highlanders 23 (23) Lions 22 (0)


Tries - R.Buckman 2, G.Evans
Pen - H.Parker
Con - H.Parker
Drop - H.Parker
Cards - C.King (54th min yellow)

Tries - F.De Klerk, L.Mapoe, A. van der Merwe , C. Skosan
Pen -
Con - M.Boshoff
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Garratt Williamson
Assistant Ref 2: Kane McBride
TMO: Vinny Munro



1 . Chris King , 2 . Ged Robinson , 3 . Ma'afu Fia , 4 . Joe Wheeler , 5 . Josh Bekhuis , 6 . Elliot Dixon , 7 . Shane Christie , 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Hayden Parker , 11 . Jason Emery , 12 . Phil Burleigh , 13 . Malakai Fekitoa , 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Liam Coltman , 17 . Matias Diaz , 18 . Kane Hames , 19 . Tom Franklin , 20 . TJ Ioane , 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka , 22 . Trent Renata , 23 . Gareth Evans ,


15. Chrysander Botha , 14. Courtnall Skosan , 13. Lionel Mapoe , 12. Stefan Watermeyer , 11. Anthony Volmink , 10. Marnitz Boshoff , 9. Faf de Klerk , 8. Warren Whiteley (c) , 7. Derick Minnie , 6. Jaco Kriel , 5. Martin Muller , 4. MB Lusaseni , 3. Julian Redelinghuys , 2. Robbie Coetzee , 1. Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements : 16. Armand van der Merwe , 17. Corne Fourie , 18. Jacques van Rooyen , 19. Rudi Mathee , 20. Warwick Teckenburg , 21. Ross Cronje , 22. Elton Jantjies , 23. JW Jonker

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