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Stormers beat Lions in Johannesburg

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The Lions have played the Stormers 27 times in Super rugby since 1998; the Lions have won 10 matches, lost 16 times and drawn once.

The Emirates Lions 10 wins out of 27 matches gives them a record of winning 37% of their games against the Stormers regardless of venue.

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Dylan Smith leads out the Lions in his 50th Super Rugby game.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at a hot Ellis Park, Johannesburg, where it is 30 degrees.

2.00: Damian Willemse’s massive kick goes out at halfway, the flyhalf was deep inside his in-goal. Seabelo Senatla is tackled by Tyrone Green with the try-line in his mist.

3.00: Senatla knocked on trying to place the ball back to his support players. Scrum to the Lions on their 5m.

4.00: Morné van den Berg’s clearance is not out. The Stormers counter-attack, but lose the ball at the breakdown before Green breaks down the right-hand sideline. The wing’s kick is long, but he slipped chasing the ball, anyway.

5.00: It’s end-to-end in the early stages; both teams playing quickly and sending the ball wide at every opportunity.

7.00: Senatla cannot gather Elton Jantjies’ raking kick, the ball bounces off his shins, and into touch on his 22.

8.00: The hosts win a penalty under the poles.

9.00: PENALTY! Jantjies opens the scoring, which is also the first time the Stormers have conceded points, this season. 3-0

11.00: Senatla cannot keep Willemse’s kick in play. Lineout to the Lions inside their 22.

12.00: TRY! Siyabonga Ntubeni catches the overthrown lineout and charges towards the line. The visitors go several phases, they get quick ball and score when Juarno Augustus stretches out to score. 3-5

12.00: CONVERSION! Willemse adds the extras. 3-7

14.00: Each team has lost a lineout against the throw as the hookers struggle to judge their throws.

15.00: Van den Berg kicks the ball out on the full for the second time.

19.00: TRY! Godlen Masimla intercepts a loose pass and races 50 metres to score, untouched, in the corner. 3-12

21.00: MISS! Willemse’s kick hits the post and rebounds out. 3-12

22.00: Jamie Roberts, the Welsh legend, drops Jantjies’ high restart, gifting the hosts an attacking scrum under the visitor’s poles.

24.00: Jaco Peyper comes back for offsides under the posts bu Godlen Masimla. Jantjies kicks to the corner.

26.00: TRY! Marnus Schoeman, Ruben Schoeman, Jantjies and Len Massyn all go close as the Lions batter away at the Stormers’ line. Massyn was held-up trying to go over the line, but the No 8 managed to get a pass away to Andries Coetzee to score. 8-12

28.00: MISS! The kick is no good. 8-12

29.00: Masimla chirps the ref, who then proceeds to march the Stormers back 10m. Jantjies kicks to the corner.

30.00: TRY! A well-worked backline move between Coetzee and Jantjies ends with Courtnall Skosan catching the flyhalf’s little dink-kick to score under the posts. It was a pin-point kick by Jantjies. 13-12

31.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 15-12

34.00: Some handling errors are killing both sides.

37.00: PENALTY! Willemse levels from out wide. 15-all

39.00: Pieter Jansen misses his jumper again; the Stormers collect and attack up the field towards the Lions’ 22. The ball is slow, but Dobson’s men keep possession. Green almost intercepts Ruhan Nel but knocks on instead.

41.00: The hooter sounds before the packs set. The scrum collapses and the penalty goes to the Stormers.

43.00: PENALTY! Willemse puts his side back in front.

The halftime score was Lions 15 Stormers 18

41.00: TRY! Sergeal Petersen finishes off a slick, free-flowing backline move. Willemse switched direction, sending the ball to his right. The ball was moved to Augustus, on the touchline. The number eight popped a pass back to Petersen on his inside, and the winger raced away to score in the corner. 15-23

43.00: MISS! The conversion is missed. 15-23

45.00: Skosan is hit, losing the ball and conceding a scrum inside his half. Augustus was again involved.

46.00: Another big scrum by the Cape Town franchise, winning another penalty. Willemse boots the ball out near the opposition’s 22.

48.00: PENALTY! Willemse extends his side’s advantage. 15-26

51.00: A couple of reset scrums.

54.00: Jantjies relieves the pressure with a deep kick into the Stormers’ half. The ball isn’t out and an aerial duel ensues before Masimla’s kick sails out on the full. Lineout to the Lions on halfway.

57.00: Steven Kitshoff makes the tackle on Carlu Sadie, knocks the prop backwards, gets to his feet and wins the penalty at the breakdown: Brilliant!

58.00: Willemse boots his side into the opposition’s 22, but they knock on the lineout.

61.00: We have entered the final quarter. The game has been fast-paced, played in the intense summer afternoon heat, so expect the players to tire, especially the visitors because of the altitude.

64.00: Peterson starts an attack, but Nel loses possession near the try-line, giving the Lions a reprieve. That could be costly.

67.00: The Lions are attacking inside the Stormers’ 22.

68.00: TRY! Jantjies scores under the posts to give his team a sniff. 20-26

69.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 22-26

72.00: Lions attacking inside the 22 again.

73.00: TRY! Dan Kriel scores to give the Lions the lead. It was a superb attacking move by the hosts. 27-26

75.00: MISS! OH, DEAR! Jantjies hits the post. 27-26

78.00: PENALTY! Jantjies increases the lead. 30-26

80.00: The Stormers have a scrum on the halfway line. Last chance.

81.00: The visitors are pounding away.

82.00: TRY! Sensational final passage of play by the Stormers, who scored after the hooter to win the game. Nel finishes off the move and wins the game. 30-31

83.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 30-33


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The final score is Lions 30 (15) Stormers 33 (18)


Tries – Coetzee, Skosan, E. Jantjies, Kriel
Pen – E. Jantjies (2)
Con – E. Jantjies (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Augustus, Masimla, Petersen, Nel
Pen – Willemse (3)
Con – Willemse, J. Du Plessis
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2: Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO: Willie Vos



Head Coach: Ivan van Rooyen

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Tyrone Green, 13 Manuel Rass, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Morné van den Berg, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Dylan Smith.

Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sithembiso Sithole, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Hacjivah Dayimani, 22 Dillon Smit, 23 Wandisile Simelane.


Head Coach: John Dobson

15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Johan du Toit, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).

Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 John Schickerling, 20 Cobus Wiese, 21 Ernst van Rhyn, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Jean-Luc du Plessis.

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