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Lions beat Highlanders in Johannesburg

The second Super Rugby Semi-final on Saturday is in Johannesburg where the Lions host current champions the Highlanders.

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We are waiting for the kick off.

In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.

Elton Jantjies kicks off and the match is underway.

The Highlanders kick the ball back to the Lions who kick deep and Ben Smith gets back to dot the ball down.

1.00: The Highlanders take the 22 drop and they win the ball back. Ben Smith slices through the Lions defence and races for the line and offloads to Patrick Osborne who is caught by Ruan Combrinck.

2.00:The Highlanders are in full attack. They kick across to the corner but the ball is knocked on. Lions defence being tested.

4.00: The Lions win the first scrum and although they get trapped and lose the ball they regather and Combrinck manages to clear.

6.00: The call comes in from the sideline saying that the Highlanders have knocked on. The Lions win the scrum and Courtnall Skosan races away but passes the ball into touch.

8.00: The Highlanders clear the ball from a scrum but the whistle goes for a penalty to the Lions. Combrinck will have a kick at goal.

10.00: Combrinck takes the kick but misses.

11.00: The Lions win the ball back and attack in the highlanders 22. They go through 8 phases but the Highlanders keep them out. 10 phases and they Lions are still bashing away but on the 11th phase Elton Jantjies goes over to score. TRY!

12.00: Jantjies slots the conversion.

13.00: Tom Franklin comes off for a concussion test so Joe Wheeler is on.

15.00: Penalty to the Lions – not releasing. Jantjies will kick to the corner for the line out.

16.00: The Lions win the line out but its scrappy and the Highlanders steal it. They move the ball wide to Faddes who races away. The Highlanders are caught but recycle and continue their attack. Jaco Kriel concedes a penalty for going off the feet. Highlanders will go for posts.

18.00: Sopoaga slots the penalty and the Highlanders are on the board.

20.00: The Lions are awarded another penalty for offside. Jantjies went for a drop goal but missed so the Lions have the penalty. Jantjies nails the kick.

21.00: Faf de Klerk boots the ball up field after the restart. The Highlanders win the line out and then a penalty. Sopoaga boots the ball into touch.

23.00: The Highlanders win the line out and attack as they pass the ball down the line  Rohan Janse Van Rensburg gets an intercept, gets caught by but he powers through the tackle and scores. TRY!

25.00: Jantjies adds the conversion.

27.00: The Highlanders break through the Lions defence but as Elliot Dixon goes over to score he loses the ball. In all fairness the pass from Malakai Fekitoa wasn’t great. Lions 5m scrum.

28.00: The Lions win the scrum and run it across the field and Combrinck boots the ball well downfield. Marty Banks comes on for Patrick Osborne.

30.00: Penalty to the Highlanders.  Sopoaga misses.

32.00: The Highlanders attack on the half way line. They get stopped and the Lions turn the ball over but then knock on.

The Lions get trapped in their 22 but Naholo comes through and knocks the ball on. Lions 5m scrum.

34.00: The Lions win the scrum, go through two phases and de Klerk kicks for touch.

36.00: The Lions win a scrum and then a penalty from the scrum. It’s in their half, Combrinck boots the ball into touch.

38.00: The Lions win the line out but get shoved into touch.

39.00: The Highlanders win the line out and kick the ball upfield. Naholo chases and tackles Skosan who fails to release and concedes a penalty.

40.00: Sopoaga lines up the posts. He nails it.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Lions 17 Highlanders 6

The Highlanders kick off and the second half is underway.

41.00: The Lions go through six phases and pass the ball forward. They are called back for the pass.

42.00: Liam Squire comes on for the Highlanders.

43.00: Scrum penalty to the Lions. They will have a shot at the posts.

44.00: Jantjies takes the kick and nails it.

45.00: The Lions get the ball and Jantjies breaks away and offloads to Skosan who races away and scores. TRY!

46.00: Jantjies takes the conversion kick but misses.

48.00: The Highlanders hit back immediately. They steal the ball from the line out and move the ball wide to Faddes who scores in the corner. TRY!

49.00: Sopoaga takes the conversion kick but misses.

51.00: Penalty to the Lions. Jantjies takes the kick and nails it.

53.00: The Highlanders win a scrum and attack the Lions. They get to the Lions 22 but then lose the ball. The Lions kick and chase and Mapoe wins the ball. The Lions kick wide and the ball is collected by Jaco Kriel who shrugs off one tackle and scores. The TMO will check to see if he was offside.  He wasn’t in front is the ruling TRY !

54.00: Jantjies takes the conversion kick and nails it.

58.00: The Highlanders have the ball and at advantage. They Lions knock the ball on but the Highlanders get a scrum.

60.00: They win the scrum and attack out wide. Faddes loses the ball in the tackle and the Lions kick the ball away and into touch.

61.00: The Highlanders win the scrum and run the ball, they go wide to Faddes who has the line ahead but somehow Kriel gets to him and bashes him into touch.

62.00: The Lions win another penalty on their 5m line. Jantjies kicks for touch, fails to find it and the Highlanders counter attack.

65.00: The Lions have to scramble in defence as the Highlanders attack in the corner. Lima Sopoaga goes for the corner and is double tackled but just manages to score. The TMO confirms.

66.00: Sopoaga’s conversion kick is wide.

68.00: Lionel Mapoe slices through the HIghlanders and chips ahead. The Highlanders get the ball and kick and chase the ball back.

72.00: The ball goes back and forwards and then the Lions run the ball. The Highlanders turn the ball over.

73.00: The ball changes hands several times and the Lions get into space and Lourens Erasmus crashes over. TRY !

74.00: Jantjies adds the conversion.

75.00: The Highlanders open up the Lions defence and Waisake Naholo slips through and scores. TRY!

76.00: Jantjies adds the conversion.

78.00: The Highlanders are not giving up at all. They are still full of attack.

80.0: Penalty to the Highlanders. Sopoaga kicks to the corner.

81.00: The Highlanders win the line out and Joe Wheeler scores. TRY!

82.00 : Sopoaga takes the conversion and nails it. Thats it.

The Lions have won. They are in the final.

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The  full time score is Lions 42 Highlanders 30


Tries – E.Jantjies,  R. Van Rensburg, C.Skosan, J.Kriel, L.Erasmus
Pen – E.Jantjies 3
Con – E.Jantjies 4
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – M.Faddes, L.Sopoaga, W.Naholo, J.Wheeler
Pen – L.Sopoaga 2
Con -L.Sopoaga 2
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1: Ben O’Keefe
Assistant Ref 2: AJ Jacobs
TMO : Shaun Veldsman



1 Dylan Smith , 2 Malcolm Marx , 3 Julian Redelinghuys , 4 Andries Ferreira , 5 Franco Mostert , 6 Jaco Kriel (c), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg , 8 Ruan Ackermann , 9 Faf De Klerk , 10 Elton Jantjies , 11 Courtnal Skosan , 12 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg , 13 Lionel Mapoe , 14 Ruan Combrinck , 15 Andries Coetzee

Replacements: 16. Armand Van Der Merwe , 17. Corne Fourie , 18. Jacques Van Rooyen , 19. Lourens Erasmus,20. Steph de Witt ,21. Dillon Smit,22. Howard Mnisi ,23. Jaco Van Der Walt


1. Daniel Lienert-Brown , 2. Ash Dixon , 3. Josh Hohneck , 4. Alex Ainley , 5. Tom Franklin , 6. Elliot Dixon , 7. James Lentjes , 8. Luke Whitelock , 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Lima Sopoaga , 11. Patrick Osborne , 12. Malakai Fekitoa , 13. Matt Faddes , 14. Waisake Naholo , 15. Ben Smith ( C )

Replacements : 16. Greg Pleasants-Tate , 17. Aki Seiuli , 18. Ross Geldenhuys , 19. Joe Wheeler , 20. Liam Squire , 21. Dan Pryor , 22. Te Aihe Toma , 23. Marty Banks.


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