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Lions v Crusaders - Live
Full-time The Crusaders take it 23-13 and that's down to a second-half showing in which they hammered their authority on matters. The Lions were full of heart - as they always are - but they just didn't have the quality. Stay with us for the Stormers v Bulls clash shortly.
80 The Lions can't hold on though and it allows the Crusaders to take the ball through the phases, winding down the clock. They get another chance from a line-out and then a penalty on the 10m line. They go for the goalkick in order to get the losing bonus point but James can't put it over.
78 Oh so close as the Crusaders move the ball wide, Dagg straightens and looks to put Guildford over but he can't hold onto a low pass. The Lions win a penalty from a mess that ensues.
77 The Lions look to chip the ball into space and regather but they can't do so and the Crusaders attack with Fruean, Luke and George Whitelock prominant. the ball isn't coming out of the ruck though and it's Crusaders ball at the scrum as they were going forward.
75 Turnover ball as Whitelock (George that is) is held up in a maul and whent he ball doesn't come out it's a scrum to the Lions.
74 The Crusaders bash it up with great calm and come within a few metres beofre they're awarded a penalty for off-side and they go for the scrum.
72 After two re-set scrums the Lions are penalised for a binding offense and the Crusasers set up a line-out 5m out.
70 Not for the first time a Crusaders back-line move doesn't go well and they're battered back into their haf. No matter though as Guidlford breaks through the line but gives off a bad pass in the 22m with the line seemingly at Crotty's mercy and the replacement can't hold on.
69 The Lions look to find their stride for the first time in the half and they move the ball arouond well but Read effects a turnover out wide at a ruck. Lions flanker Minnie is then pinged at the ruck that follows and the Crusaders are back on attack.
67 The Lions get it back though as George Whitelock breaks out of a maul but is isolated and holds on. Lions line-out on their own 10m.
66 The Lions seemed to have lost their way in the second forty as they give away another penalty, this time for side entry into the maul and Taylor sets up a line-out on the Lions' 22m.
64 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR, 23-13. Taylor makes no mistake but strangely he was under pressure from Mapoe who rushed out illegally. He's warned by Jonathan Kaplan. Strange that.
62 Wow, the line-outs are beomcing very scrappy here as Meyer knocks on this time. Replacement for the Crusaders as Carter is replaced by Ryan Crotty. The Crusaders make them pay as they build it up to five out before the Lions are penalised for slowing it down.
59 Good defence from the Lions puts the 'Saders under pressure as they look to build from the line-out but they're shepherded into touch.
58 It's time for the Crusaders to mess up the line-out but they have a chance to hack it through, forcing Coetzee the reserve full-back to clear which he does well. Some good news coming through, James Kamana has taken his place on the side of the field, he doesn't have a neck injury after that blow to the head earlier but does have a concussion.
57 The Lions lose the ball at the lin-out and Ellis clears to just inside the 22m.They make no mistake with the next line-out and they maul it up again before Strauss breaks off stronlgy. Whiteley bashes it up well but he has no support and is forced to hold on and gives away the penalty. Frustration for the Lions, great defence from the Crusaders.
55 The ball is mauled up from the line-out and the Lions get over the line but it's held up so they go back for a penalty for lifting the leg of one of the men in the maul.
54 Super build up of momentum as they play with great speed, moving the ball through the hands and they run it all the way up to 5m from the line when Read gives away a penalty and the Lions have a line-out five out.
52 The line-out is lost though and Guidlford breaks into the Lions half before being taken into touch. The Lions clear after a quick line-out and it's the visitors with the ball just outside their 22m.
51 A big moment here for the Lions as Elton Jantjies comes on. Butch James will move to 12 it seems. Jantjies is called on early to find touch after the Crusaders are penalised and the Lions have a line-out just outside the 'Saders 22m.
49 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR, 20-13. Sloppy line-out from the Lions allows the Crusaders to attack inside the opposition half. Hollenbach gives away a penalty for off-side and Taylor has another penalty attempt from wide on the left. He makes no mistake this time though and the Lions need to score twice to get back ahead.
46 James kicks the restart straight out and the Lions then give away a penalty from the scrum. Taylor puts the penalty attempt wide though.
43 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR 17-13. Two more to Taylor, a good kick from wide out.
43 TRY, CRUSADERS, MAITLAND 13-15. The Lions clear and the Crusaders bash it up and make good ground. It's Dagg who brings out a bit of magic though as he puts in a lovely little kick behind the defence which Maitland jumps onto and is over in the corner.
41 Some early aerial ping-pong ends with Guildford putting in a great crosskick to pen the Lions back in their 22m.
We're back Butch James gets the second half underway.
Half-time The Lions take a deserved lead into the break, they've had the better of the running and the Crusaders really need to stamp their authority in the second forty.
40 Meyer clears the ball into touch from the resulting scrum and that's all we have for the first half.
40 The set move from the scrum doesn't go according to plan though as Carter, under pressure from Meyer, delivers a forward pass.
39 The Lions make ground initially from the kick-off but a maul gets held up and the 'Saders have a scrum on the 22m with a minute to go.
38 CONVERSION, LIONS, JAMES 13-10. And James adds too more.
37 TRY, LIONS, CILLIERS, 11-10. They aren't content with coming close though! From the scrum they drive the ball up and Pat Cilliers goes over for his first Super Rugby try!
36 And as I say that the Lions nearly have a try! Great work from the forwards as they combine with quick passes and good movement to rampage through the Crusaders half. Franco van der Mewe is over the line but fantastic defence from Ellis sees it held up.
34 The Crusaders are starting to find more momentum, they're challenging better at rucks and at the line-outs and finding gaps in defence too. Worrying signs for the Lions but they're fighting hard/
32 CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR. 10-3. Taylor adds the extras off the post.
31 TRY, CRUSADERS, GUILDFORD 8-3. The Crusaders haven't realy hit their mark yet but as soon as they take the ball through the phases, with forwards and backs involved, the find some space and Guildford breaks free downt the right and is over for the first try of the match.
28 The Crusaders do well to halt a Lions maul from the line-out and turnover posession. Dagg hammers the ball down field but it's too far and we have a 22 drop out.
27 George Whitelock is penalised for not releasing the tackler and James sets up a line-out just over the Crusaders 10m.
25 PENALTY, LIONS, JAMES 6-3. A bit of a delay as James needs someone to hold the ball up for him, he makes no mistake when he gets down to it, nailing another one.
23 It's penalties all over the place as the two sides start asking big questions of each other's defence. James with a shot 10m in on the 22m line.
22 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR 3-3. Interestingly it's Taylor who takes the kick and makes no mistake.
21 Dagg and Guidlford both have good runs as the Crusaders mount a strong attack into the Lions half. The hosts concede a peanlty on the 22m as they fail to roll away.
19 PENALTY, LIONS, JAMES 3-0. The Springbok makes no mistake and the hosts are ahead!
19 Hollenbach and Cillers are prominant as the Lions work the ball through the phases, making some good ground. Owen Franks is penalised for not rolling away and James has a chance to open the scoring with a penalty right in front.
16 Great work from Mapoe and Whiteley allows the Lions to break the line but Taute (under heavy pressure, perhaps early pressure) from Maitland can't hang on. Ellis goes for the box kick from the scrum but Strauss does really well to get a hand on it and effect the charge down but it's into touch.
14 The Lions grab back posession but having spread it wide the visitors drive over at the ruck and reclaim the ball. They don't use it well though as Tom Marshall's kick goes too far and we go back to a Lions scrum on the Crusaders 10m line.
11 It all starts really well for the Lions with Strauss breaking through the line but passes to the outside to an opposition player. The ball is cleared and van Rensburg can't collect cleanly, handing the 'Saders a scrum just inside the Lions half.
9 A big hit from Tiaan Meyer on his opposite number Andy Ellis momentarily disrupts the Crusaders movement from the scrum but Izzy Dagg is still able to make a strong run as he enters the line. The full-back knocks it on when he goes to ground though and the Lions have a scrum. Crockett is penalised at the scrum and Butch James sets up a line-out halfway between the 10 and 22m.
7 The ball is moved from the scrum to winger Deon van Rensburg but he's swamped by defenders and the Lions can't get the ball back from a maul. Scrum Crusaders.
6 Play gets back underway with a scrum to the Lions after the Crusaders move had broken down, the ball is moved down the line before touch is found on halfway. The Lions win the line-out against the throw and attack but they're met with stern defence. Jaco Taute and Carter exchange kicks before the hosts again move the ball throw the hands. The Crusaders get the turnover only to knock it on, leaving the Lions with a scrum on their 10m line in the middle of the park.
2 Wow, this is not good for the Lions. James Kamana goes in for the tackle on Sean Maitland as the Crusaders spread the ball wide from the scrum. The full-back's face hammers into the knee of Maitland and he looks to have been knocked out cold, there is quite a bit of concern for the injured man. He's been stretched off and replaced by Lionel Mapoe. Lets hope it's nothing too serious.
1 An early error from the Lions as skipper Josh Strauss knocks on having been fed the ball from the take at the kick-off. He stays down for some time as he got a knee to the kidneys but he's up and ok to continue.
Kick-off And Dan Carter gets the game going!
Ready to go! The players and refs are out in the middle and the game is about to get underway.
Empty seats The stadium is sparsely populated with fans. With a capacity in excess of 60 000 Coca-Cola Park often looks fairly empty which isn't necessarily fair on the fans but the Crusaders should be a really big drawcard.
Man in the middle Jonathan Kaplan is our ref for today, he's of course a very seasoned campaigner and with any luck will help facilitate an open game.
Team news The Crusaders are boosted by the return of fly-half Dan Carter who makes his first start for the season after injurying his groing during last year's World Cup, The Lions have made one injury-enforced change for the encounter, with Alwyn Hollenbach coming in for Doppies le Grange in the midfield.
Weather report Good news, Coca-Cola Park is bathed in sunshine this afternoon so we should have perfect conditions for some good running rugby. There was some rain last night so that's a relief. It is a little chilly though.
Welcome Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Lions and the Crusaders in Johannesburg.
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