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Force v Lions - Live
80 PENALTY, LIONS, LOMBRINCK, 17-11! The Lions decide to take a losing bonus-point from nib Stadium in Perth in what has been a disappointing effort from the South African franchise. For the Force, they close the gap on the Waratahs to five points at the basement of Australia's conference. Thanks for following.
78 The Force are finishing strongly and it's the powerful Cummins leading the charge over halfway. However, there is a turnover for the Lions and this could be the morale-booster they were looking for as Meyer finds a hole from Strauss' offload. Nothing comes of it though.
75 So that should be that at nib Stadium as the Force open up a nine-point lead with five minutes remaining. It has been a dismal second-half showing from the Lions.
72 CONVERSION, SEYMOUR, 17-8! He gets the extras.
71 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, NALAGA! 15-8! The Fijian is rewarded for all of his good work in this second-half and powers his way over for what could be the key try.
69 YELLOW, MINNIE! The Lions are now down a man as their flanker Minnie goes to the bin for lying all over the ball at a ruck. More frustration for Mitchell.
66 Lions scrum, just inside their own half, with precious little to report over the last three minutes. Can the Lions lift their game? That is the big question for John Mitchell.
63 Nothing comes of that though but the Force won't be too disheartened as the Lions continue to find any territory upon which to work. Here is full-back Mafi now, running hard and straight on the Lions ten-metre. I'd love to see a territory statistic for the second-half.
61 So for the first time in the game the Western Force have the lead as their strong second-half showing is rewarded. It could get even better too as a penalty at scrum-time now allows Seymour to put them back into the 22.
59 CONVERSION, SEYMOUR, 10-8! The Force are ahead.
58 TRY, WESTERN FORCE, POCOCK! 8-8! They chose not to go for the three points and instead went for the jugular. It paid off as the leg power of Pocock prevailed.
55 Here is the danger man Nalaga on a run down the left after good work from full-back Mafi. He makes 40 metres...now, can he find his man? No, the recipient can't hold it.
52 Well, just as the Force were setting up camp just outside the red zone, they are penalised at a scrum. That means the Lions are able to move to the opposition ten-metre.
49 Mafi catches in his own 22 and then carries up to the ten-metre before Minnie is penalised at the breakdown. Easy real estate coming for the home side now, who have definitely started the brighter in this second-half. Play is now just outside the Lions 22.
46 Lions come away then up to their own ten-metre until Pocock strikes at the breakdown. Unbelievable stuff from the Wallaby openside. His good work goes unpunished though as a poor pass from fly-half Seymour ends up in touch. Frustration for the Australians.
43 It was a promising opening to the half from the Force until Lynn coughed up the ball under the pressure of Jantjies' tackle. They were only five metres out there the hosts.
Second-half Welcome back to nib Stadium where the Lions are up by five points in what's been a low-scoring game thus far. Victory would lift the Lions off the bottom of the standings and above the Blues. Let's see if they can keep it up.
Half-time Western Force 3 Lions 8
40 Mapoe goes on a run from close to the halfway line and is stopped inside the Force's 22. After setting up some phases the Force win a turnover and Seymour puts the ball into touch. From the line-out the Lions go on the drive but infringe at a ruck close to the home side's try-line. Seymour hoofs the ball into touch and the hooter sounds to signal half-time. After their fine start the Lions have had to defend for the latter part of the half. It's still anybody's game and the Force will be determined to come back even stronger during the second half.
36 Sheehan has left the field with an injury and been replaced by Josh Holmes.
33 The Force are on the attack inside the Lions' 22 but lose possession at a vital moment. Tian Meyer clears his line with a kick which sails into touch close to the halfway line.
29 It's end-to-end stuff! First Coetzee and Mapoe are stopped close to the Force's try-line after launching a breakout from deep inside their half then Matt Hodgson, Brett Sheehan, Pocock and Napolioni Nalaga all handle as the Force go close at the other end!
25 The lions try to strike back and are soon close to the Force's 22 metre-line. They lose momentum, however, when Jantjies knocks on.
23 PENALTY, WESTERN FORCE, SEYMOUR! 3-8. Ben Seymour opens his team's acvcount after Jaco Taute is penalised for an infringement at a ruck.
21 The Force go on the attack just inside the Lions' half but are met by a solid wall of the visitors' defenders!
18 The Force get a chance to score their first points after Van der Merwe is penalised for an infringement at a ruck. Ben Seymour takes a shot at goal but his effort is wide of the uprights!
16 There's chaos out there as the Lions take a quick throw-in inside their 22 but David Pocock pounces on Killian in front of his try-line. The wing fumbles the ball but Coetzee rescues the situation for the visitors when he puts the ball into touch!
12 PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 0-8. Elton Jantjies punishes a Force indiscretion at a ruck to extend the visitors' lead.
10 Franco van der Merwe takes the ball into contact inside the Force's 22. The ball is spun wide to the backs where Jaco Taute takes on the home side's defence.
7 The Force are awarded a penalty inside their half after Pat Cilliers fails to release David Pocock after making a tackle on him.
4 TRY, LIONS, KILLIAN! 0-5. Michael Killian round off in the left-hand corner after running onto a pass from Andries Coetzee!
2 Lionel Mapoe infringes at a ruck close to the Force's try-line and the hosts are awarded a penalty.
Kick-off Elton Jantjies gets us started with a flat kick which the Force fail to gather. Deon van Rensburg does well to regain possession and the Lions are immediately on the attack.
Team News Lions coach has made two changes to his starting XV. Springbok prop CJ van der Linde returns to the front row while JC Janse van Rensburg drops to the bench and scrum-half Tian Meyer comes into the run-on side for Ross Cronje.
Team News Nick Cummins returns on the wing for the Western Force after a week's rest to recover from a quadriceps strain and will lead his side onto the field in his 50th Force cap. He is joined by Alfie Mafi who returns to full-back at David Harvey's expense.
Welcome Good day and welcome to the nib stadium in Perth for this encounter between two of the tournament's strugglers, the hosts, the Western Force and the Lions. Team news follows shortly!
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