The Lions and Jaguares will contest the fourth and final Super Rugby quarter-final which will be the South American side’s first ever playoff the match.
- Each of the last six games between the Lions and Jaguares has been won by the home team, with the ledger split at three wins apiece.
- The Lions have won four of their previous five finals games on home turf, scoring 40+ points on three occasions in that time.
- The Jaguares have lost their last eight games in succession in South Africa, but have won four of their last six away games overall.
- The Lions (27) and Jaguares (26) have beaten more defenders per game than any other team this campaign.
- Javier Ortega Desio has made an average gain of 4.6m per carry this season, the second most of any forward to have made a total of at least 100 carries.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! we are underway in the City of Gold.
3.00: The Jaguares win the first penalty and they opt for posts.
4.00: PENALTY! Sanchez puts his team in front. 0-3
5.00: Another penalty. Sanchez calls for the tee.
6.00: PENALTY! Sanchez doubles his team’s lead. 0-6
8.00: TRY! Ruan Combrinck gets the Lions off to a great start, taking Elton Jantjies’ well-weighted cross-kick, and racing away to score. 5-6
9.00: CONVERSION! Elton Jantjies adds the extras. 7-6
12.00: The Lions are getting back into this game with some fine attacking play.
15.00: TRY! Harold Vorster chases Aphiwe Dyantyi’s kick and scores under the posts after gathering the bouncing ball which Bautista Delguy fumbled. 12-6
16.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies slots another. 14-6
18.00: Scrum to the Lions.
20.00: Massive hit by Cyle Brink on Pablo Matera, but he’s down.
22.00: Kwagga Smith and Brink hold up the attacker and win the turnover.
23.00: A solid scrum earns the Lions a penalty. Jantjies kicks to halfway.
25.00: Lions are inside the Jaguares 22. They have an advantage for offsides. Wait, what! Jantjies opts for a shot.
26.00: PENALTY! Jantjies kicks only his fifth penalty of the campaign, and he’s played every minute of every game. 17-6
27.00: TRY! Malcolm Marx intercepts Gonzalo Bertranou’s stray pass and races 50 metres to score under the sticks. 22-6
28.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies adds the extras. 24-6
30.00: The Lions are breaking the visitor’s spirits; this game is probably already out of reach. And the Jaguares will have to contend with the altitude in the second-half.
32.00: The South Americans turn down the three because they are chasing the game.
33.00: A poor lineout by the Jaguares gifts possession back to the hosts.
35.00: The Lions get a free-kick; Jantjies clears, but the Jaguares have the ball near the Lions 22.
36.00: Marx is pinged for offsides. Interesting call by Matera; he wants Sanchez to take a shot.
37.00: PENALTY! Sanchez reduces the deficit to 15. 24-9
39.00: The Lions are inside the Jaguares 22.
39.00: Marcos Kremer wins the turnover at the ruck, saving his side, who are also awarded a penalty.
40.00: The hooter sounds with the Jaguares pushing the Lions pack backwards, however, they don’t want to play any more, and Bertranou kicks the ball into the stands.
The halftime score was Lions 24 Jaguares 9
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in South Africa.
42.00: TRY! Delguy slips a tackle and is in for his 10th try of the season. That’s the start the Jaguares wanted. 24-14
43.00: CONVERSION! Sanchez slots the sideline conversion despite the sun shining into his eyes. 24-16
44.00: PENALTY! Jantjies with two in a single game: Wow! 27-16
46.00: Matias Moroni gets his fingertips to the ball but can’t control. Scrum to the home team.
48.00: TRY! Matera takes Bertranou’s inside ball at pace and on the angle, ghosting through two tacklers and scoring next to the sticks. 27-21
49.00: CONVERSION! Sanchez reduces the deficit to four. 27-23
51.00: Jaguares are back into this game; they’re getting some purchase at the ruck and are spending much of the second period inside the home team’s half.
53.00: Marnus Schoeman and Marx win the turnover and penalty. The Jaguares went 10 phases inside the Lions 22 before the forwards saved the day.
54.00: Lionel Mapoe knocks on in contact, which is only the Lions’ third handling error of the game.
55.00: MASSIVE SCRUM BY THE LIONS! They bulldoze the Jaguares, allowing Jantjies to kick to the corner.
57.00: TRY! Andries Coetzee is over in the corner. The Lions went direct, picking and driving as the Jaguares defence faltered. 32-23
58.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies adds the extras. 34-23
60.00: Dyantyi loses the ball forward after some good work by Combrinck and Schoeman in the build-up. The Jaguares’ legs look tired.
63.00: The Lions have an attacking lineout near the Jaguares 22. It has been all Lions since Matera’s try.
64.00: DROP-GOAL! Jantjies drops into the pocket, lines up the posts, and fires a 40-plus long-range drop-kick to extend his side’s lead to 14. 37-23
65.00: Schoeman gets pinged. Sanchez kicks deep into the opposition’s 22.
67.00: Marx wins another very important turnover penalty at the ruck. Jantjies can clear to halfway and the home team can build.
70.00: Marx leaves the field, after having another outstanding performance, to a standing ovation. His try and three steals at the ruck in this half alone will surely get him the Man-of-the-Match award.
73.00: An overthrown lineout is picked up by the Jaguares and they counter-attack into the Lions half, but Sebastian Cancelliere is held-up, turning the ball over.
75.00: The Lions get the penalty and Jantjies will take a shot at goal from in front.
76.00: PENALTY! That’s the game. 40-23
78.00: Scrum to the Lions after a knock on by the visitors.
80.00: Delguy thinks he’s scored with the last play of the game, but his foot is in touch.
The final score is Lions 40 (24) Jaguares 23 (9)
Tries – Combrinck, Vorster, Marx, Coetzee
Pen – Jantjies (3)
Con – Jantjies (4)
Drop – Jantjies
Tries – Delguy, Matera
Pen – Sanchez (3)
Con – Sanchez (2)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2: Egon Seconds
TMO: Marius Jonker
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques Van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Corne Fourie, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Courtnall Skosan, 23 Howard Mnisi.
Jaguares: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Matias Moroni, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Tomans Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Tomas Lavanini, 21 Juan Manual Leguizamon, 22 Martin Landajo, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere.