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Lions v Brumbies - Live
Full-time LIONS 20-34 BRUMBIES
80 Time up on the clock as the Lions launch one final surge. But the Brumbies have had enough and throw Lionel Mapoe into touch. Game over! The Brumbies leave South Africa on a high and retain their place at the top of the Aussie conference thanks to this six-try bonus point win. As for the Lions, it's back to the drawing board.... cheers for now!
77 CONVERSION, LIONS. Jantjies adds a quick conversion and runs back for the restart. The Lions have no chance of winning this, but perhaps he think they can bag a late losing bonus point.... 20-34!
76 TRY, LIONS. Now the home side get their groove on, but too little too late as prop Caylib Oosthuizen powers over from close range for a consolation try.
73 Butch James returns to the field. He has a lot of making up to do, but the Brumbies actually failed to score any points in his absence.
70 Now Lealiifano makes his way off the pitch... Brumbies coach Jake White hauling his star player off. Besides his wayward kicking, he has been superb for the visitors. Back to the action though as the men from the Aussie capital surge upfield before Hooper drops an attempted intercept to give the Lions a scrum.
66 CONVERSION, LIONS. Jantjies shows the Brumbies kickers how it's done by adding the conversion. 13-34
65 TRY, LIONS. What's this? The Lions can't cross the whitewash with 15 players on the field, but manage to do it with 14 after Taute takes a pass at pace, charges through two tacklers and touches down under the posts. At last, something for the Lions fans to cheer about... if there's any left.
62 YELLOW CARD. LIONS. Lions hot on the attack now, and just five meters out! Oh dear, in comes replacement Butch James with a shoulder charge and the ref gives the former Bok pivot his marching orders. Just when it couldn't get any worse for the Lions, it did.
59 Lealiifano again with the conversion attempt from out wide, but once again it's missed. 6-34!
58 TRY, BRUMBIES. It's almost like a game of touch rugby for the Brumbies, who celebrate their sixth try of the match after Speight bags his second of the evening.
55 Changes galore now for the Lions as coach John Mitchell empties his bench... can some fresh legs make a difference? The home side certainly do have a mountain to climb...
51 The Lions forced to defend yet again as the Brumbies go wide to Speight, who slips with the tryline at his mercy. Some luck for the Lions then as the visitors counter-attack through a Deon van Rensburg intercept. The wing races 80m upfield, but hasn't got the pace to run away from the Brumbies defenders. He holds on to the ball for too long, gets penalised and the Brumbies are able to clear.
48 CONVERSION, BRUMBIES. And just to rub further salt into the Lions wounds... the Brumbies finally add extra points via the touchline conversion by Lealiifano... 6-29!
47 TRY, BRUMBIES. Here come the Aussies again! The Lions forwards try to win it back from the restart, but can't control. Hooper swoops in and spots a gap before racing upfield. Can he go all the way? No, he's hauled down 15m out, but the support is there... Ben Alexander crashes over. Try! The Brumbies simply unstoppable...
46 Mogg's conversion is ... no good! That's 12 points now that's gone begging. But when you're leading 6-22, it doesn't really matter does it?
45 TRY, BRUMBIES. The Lions secure the line-out and Jantjies spots a gap and turns on the pace, breaking out from his own tryline. However, he loses it forward in the tackle so the Brumbies counter-attack through Lealiifano... Pat McCabe puts in a cheeky grubber, Coetzee makes a mess of it, allowing Tomane to pick up and score! That's the bonus point.
43 The Lions, after attacking inside the Brumbies 22, now have to defend their tryline after being forced back thanks to a brilliant Lealiifano kick ahead.
Second half Welcome back! The Lions get the 2nd half under way, and manage to pounce on an early Brumbies mistake as Peter Kimlin loses the ball forward in the air. Hooker Callie Visagie takes, puts his head down and charges forward. The ball gets spread wide to Coetzee but he is smashed back in the tackle.
Half-time LIONS 6 - 17 BRUMBIES
40 Now the Lions move into the Brumbies' 22 - at long last. The home crowd get behind their team... cheering them on with every metre gained. Can the Lions strike before the break? No... the ball gets knocked on and the ref blows for half-time. That pretty much sums up their first half. Brumbies on control at half-time. See you in a few!
37 The Lions just can't get out of their half - credit to the Brumbies' defence which has been rock-solid. Jaco Taute now has a run, gets tackled - turnover and the Brumbies come away with it. Mogg breaks clear again before spinning a pass out to Tomane who can't hold on.
34 CONVERSION, BRUMBIES. This time Mogg finds his target and adds the extras to give his team a commanding lead. 6-17
33 TRY, BRUMBIES. Gosh, you have to feel for the Lions supporters after their team gives away yet another silly penalty. This time the Brumbies take a quick tap - Lealiifano puts Tomane in some space with a well-timed pass and Smith is there in support. He is brought down just short of the line but stretches out to score!
31 Tian Meyer now with the box kick - Mogg runs it back from inside his 22 before the ball is spread out to the dangerous Speight who breaks the line again. He loses it forward in the tackle though and the ball rolls into touch... the teams will scrum down for the initial knock. Wow, a scrum! Hasn't been many of those...
28 Here come the Brumbies again - breaking off some sloppy defence from the Lions who are making it easy for the visitors with ball in hand. Lealiifano manages to weave his way through again! He makes a dash for the tryline, crosses over but loses the ball in contact... try-saving hit by Andries Coetzee!
25 The conversion attempt from Mogg is ... wide! Gosh, that's 10 points missed in goalkicks by the Brumbies. But they still in front! 6-10
24 TRY, BRUMBIES. The visitors can't buy points from the tee, but certainly have a nose for the tryline as Lealiifano sidesteps, throws a dummy before offloading to Speight on his outside who dives over untouched for a brilliant touchdown!
20 Once again, the Lions' ill-discipline could cost them three points. Mogg takes over the kicking duties, but he too can't find his target as the flags stay down.
17 Now it's Lealiifano's turn to put some points on the board via the boot after Minnie gets blown up for playing the ball on the ground... but he pulls it wide.
15 PENALTY, LIONS. The Brumbies give away a penalty on halfway - try-scorer Murphy guilty for not rolling away. Jantjies feels confident of finding his target from 50m out... over it goes! What a kick! Lions back in front. 6-5
13 Joe Tomane crashes it up for the visitors but Cobus Grobbelaar steals it on the deck, so the Lions have an opportunity to counter!
11 The conversion attempt from Lealiifano is... no good. But the Brumbies take the lead with the first try of the match. 3-5
10 TRY, BRUMBIES. Speight gets tackled just inches from the tryline... but the ball is quickly recycled as Nic White feeds prop Ruaidhri Murphy who crashes over from close range - try!
9 Lions start a rolling maul before Minnie crashes over the gainline. Alwyn Hollenbach straightens in midfield and the support is there but the ball is lost forward in contact so the Brumbies will have the first scrum just inside Lions territory.
7 Blood bin replacement for the Lions now as prop Patric Cilliers comes off to patch himself up after clashing heads with Fotu Auelua. On comes Jacobie Adriaanse...
5 PENALTY, LIONS. Jantjies lines it up, strikes it sweetly and the flags go up! First blood to the Lions. 3-0
4 The Lions continue to charge forward, putting nine phases together and looking dangerous before the Brumbies are pinged for strolling offsides. It's bang in front of the poles too...
2 Now Elton Jantjies hoists a high one. Taken in by Henry Speight who links with Scott Fardy and the lock puts a cheeky grubber kick through.... taken inside the Lions 22 by full-back Andries Coetzee who runs it out, breaks several tackles before Stephen Moore puts in a thumping hit - the hosts showing their intentions to attack early on.
1 And we're under way! Christian Lealiifano kicks off for the Brumbies, and its taken in by Lions flank Derick Minnie who feeds speedster Lionel Mapoe and the hosts look keen to run it out from their 22.
Preview The injury-plagued Lions will put their fifth lock combination to the test when they take on the Brumbies, who were unlucky not to topple the Bulls in Pretoria. The loss of skipper Ben Mowen and prop Dan Palmer is likely to dent the Brumbies' pack but Jake White's men have proven they can grind out a victory and will do their best to exploit the Lions' set-piece weaknesses. The Lions should be fresh from the bye and fired up to end their long losing streak ahead of a month-long tour abroad. However the Brumbies defence and breakdown efficiency should have the South African battlers covered.
Welcome! Hello and welcome to Coca-Cola Park in Jo'burg for this Round 10 clash between the Lions and the Brumbies!
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