The Hurricanes have played the Lions 19 times in Super Rugby and they have won 15 matches and lost just four.
That record gives the Hurricanes a record of winning 79% of their matches regardless of venue against the Lions.
- The Hurricanes have won their last seven regular season games on the bounce against the Lions, scoring 30+ points in all but one of those victories.
- The Hurricanes haven’t lost a home game against South African opposition since Round 11, 2013 (v Stormers); they’ve picked up 10 wins on the trot since that defeat.
- The Lions have lost two of their last three games away from home, and will be looking to avoid back-to-back away defeats in a single regular season for the first time since 2014.
- The Lions have beaten 29 defenders per game this season, more than any other club in the competition.
- Jordie Barrett made a round-high five offloads in Round 11, taking his season tally to 18; only Jean-Luc de Preez (21) has made more this campaign.
We are waiting for the kick off.
The Lions kick off and the match is underway.
2.00: The Hurricanes run the ball out of their 22 and get over the half way line. There is a knock on so the Lions have a scrum. The Lions win the scrum and run the ball but they too knock on.
3.00 The Hurricanes win the scrum and start to move the ball down the line.
4.00: The Lions slow their attack but then get blown up for not rolling away. The Hurricanes kick for touch.
5.00: The Lions steal the ball after the line out and kick deep. The Hurricanes counter attack but the Lions turn the ball over and kick it away again.
7.00: The Hurricanes move the ball down the line to Ben Lam. He loses the ball backwards but regains it. Lam turns around shoves off a weak tackle ffrom Ruan Combrinck and races for the corner and scores. TRY.
8.00: Beauden Barrett adds the conversion. Malcolm Marx has sustained an injury and is replaced for the Lions by Robbie Coetzee.
10.00: Penalty to the Hurricanes on the Lions 22 line. The Canes take a quick tap and make ground but then knock on. Lions scrum.
12.00: The Hurricanes win a line out and Ricky Riccitelli charges for the line but is stopped short and is tackled into touch. The Lions manage to clear the ball out of the 22 after the line out.
14.00: The Hurricanes win the line out but thee Lions turn the ball over and the Lions boot it up field.
17.00: After battling to contain the Hurricanes for the first quarter the Lions work the ball up field and set up a line out next to thee Hurricanes 5m line.
20.00: The Hurricanes win the line out.
21.00: The Lions forward work the ball through a couple of phases but they get isolated and concede a penalty.
23.00: The Hurricanes win their line out but then the Lions turn the ball over. The Lions are definitely winning the turnover stats. The Lions kick upfield but the ball goes into touch.
24.00: From a line out the Hurricanes run the ball. Combrinck misses a tackle on Matt Proctor who races away and offloads to Ardie Savea who scores.
26.00 : Barrett adds the conversion.
27.00: Jantjies retarts for the Lions but the ball goes deep and rolls beyond the dead ball line. Scrum on the half way line.
29.00: After a couple of resets the Lions win a penalty from the scrum.
30.00: The Lions make some ground and win a penalty for a high tackle. The Lions kick to the corner.
32.00: The Lions win the line out but give a penalty away for not releasing in the tackle. The Hurricanes work the ball up field a little but the Lions join the ruck incorrectly so the Hurricanes kick for touch.
35.00: The Lions win a line out just inside their half. They get over the half way line and kick but the ball goes into touch.
37.00: The Hurricanes win the line out but the ball goes to ground as the backs pass it down the line. The ball goes over the tryline and is dotted down by the Hurricanes giving the Lions a 55m scrum.
39.00: The Lions win the scrum, Kwagga Smith breaks but is stopped. Nic Groom sells a dummy and dives in to score.
40.00: Elton Jantjies adds the conversion.
It’s half time.
The half time score was Hurricanes 14 Lions 7
The Hurricanes kick off and the second half is underway.
42.00: The Hurricanes win a penalty and work it through 5 phases. They keep the ball moving and get the advantage.
43.00: the Hurricanes go wide but get called back for the advantage which came from a high tackle. Barrett kicks for touch and the line out.
44.00: The Hurricanes go through the phases and then they go wide with a long ball to Lam who dodges three tacklers and scores in the corner. TRY!
46.00: Barrett takes the conversion kick from the touchline and nails it. The posts were swaying wildly in the wind but Barrett still got it. Incredible.
50.00: The Hurrricanes chip the ball ahead for Lam, he chases and gets to the ball and offloads to Nehe Milner-Skudder who runs a little and offloads but the ball goes forward.
53.00: The Hurricanes keep the ball moving through the hands in their half. Barrett makes a break and is stopped. The ball is moved across the field and it gets to Lam who goes in for his hat-trick TRY!
55.00: Barrett takes the conversion and slots it again.
57.00: The Lions hit straight back. They get the ball to the 5m line and Marnus Schoeman snipes and dives over to score.
58.00: Jantjies takes the conversion but his is well wide.
61.00: The Lions win a penalty from the scrum. They kick for touch near the half way line.
64.00: The Lions grind the ball into the Hurricanes 22. They get close but thee Hurricanes turn the ball over and chip it ahead. Ben Lam chases and gets to the ball and tries to kick it ahead but misses and the support comes in and knocks it on.
68.00: The Hurricanes work the ball into the Lions 22 but then the Lions turn it over as they have done so many times in this contest. The Lions go through 6 phases and then kick. The ball is caught and then lost forward.
72.00: The game is now stumbling to a conclusion. Everything is being taken slowly.
75.00: Just as everyone is looking a little lethargic Sylvian Mahuza rips a ball out in the tackle and races for the line and scores for the Lions.
76.00: Jantjies adds the conversion.
77.00: After a mess of the restart the Hurricanes get the ball onto the 5m line. They go through the phases but the Lions hold them out.
79.00: The Lions get the ball and run it into space. The final pass is messy though and the Lions concede a penalty.
80.00: The siren sounds so Barrett kicks the ball into touch to end the match.
The full time score is Hurricanes 28 (14) Lions 19 (7)
Tries – B.Lam 3, A.Savea
Con – B.Barrett 4
Tries – N.Groom, M. Schoeman, S.Mahuza
Con – E.Jantjies 2
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Ben O’Keeffe
Assistant Ref 2:Richard Kelly
TMO :Shane McDermott
15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Julian Savea , 13 Matt Proctor , 12 Ngani Laumape , 11 Ben Lam , 10 Beauden Barrett , 9 Finlay Christie , 8 Gareth Evans , 7 Ardie Savea , 6 Brad Shields (c) , 5 Michael Fatialofa , 4 Vaea Fifita , 3 Jeff Toomaga-Allen , 2 Ricky Riccitelli , 1 Toby Smith
Replacements : 16 James O’Reilly , 17 Chris Eves , 18 Ben May , 19 Sam Lousi , 20 Reed Prinsep , 21 Jamie Booth , 22 Ihaia West , 23 Vince Aso
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Franco Mostert (captain), 4 Lourens Erasmus, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Ashlon Davids, 22 Rohan janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza