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- 7th Jul 2012
- KO 16:05
Lions v Rebels - Live
80 JANTJIES PENALTY! 37-32! The Lions have the final say after Phipps takes out the home fly-half off the ball. It is their third win of the season but boy did they make their supporters sweat over it. For the Rebels, they leave Johannesburg with two points thanks to four tries and losing the game by less than seven. Thanks for following.
78 That was the bonus-point try from the Lions by the way and they aren't done yet, with a driving maul taking them to within fifteen metres of the visitors line. However, the ball has been trapped in there by Rebels prop Owen so it's a turnover in possession, leading to one final chance for the Perth outfit. They must go 80 metres though which is a big ask.
75 JANTJIES CONVERSION! 34-32! Excellent strike!
74 KRIEL TRY! 32-32! The Lions are back on level terms in Jo'burg. It came from a run down the blindside close to the touchline from replacement Jaco Kriel. It doesn't get much tougher for goal-kicker Jantjies with these extras from the touchline though.
71 HUXLEY PENALTY! 27-32! In off the post!
69 So we have eleven minutes for the Rebels to either hold on or for the Lions to reclaim the lead they held for so long in this game. It looks more like the Rebels will prevail here as the momentum is certainly with them, even more so now as Hendrik Roodt fails to roll away in the tackle. Chance for Huxley again from the kicking tee...he is about 45 out.
65 HUXLEY CONVERSION! 27-29! The Rebels lead!
64 HILGENDORF TRY! 27-27! We are level folks. After a Television Match Official call, the Rebels are over through their fly-half. Hilgendorf charged down Jantjies' attempted clearance and it was South African TMO Johann Meuwesen who awarded it.
62 JANTJIES PENALTY! 27-22! That effort from Huxley is almost immediately chalked off by the Lions pivot. Here comes a couple of changes for the Rebels in the aftermath as Gareth Delve and Richard Kingi appear for the closing stages in Jo'burg.
59 HUXLEY PENALTY! 24-22! They decide to take the three points on offer though to cut the lead down to two points. Talk about your game of two halves.
57 Another substitution now as Mortlock leaves the field for the last time in Jo'burg. He should have his swansong in Cape Town next week though as he watches his team move into the Lions 22 with Robinson throwing in at the line-out. Chance to level matters.
53 So from 24-0 it is now 24-19. Change to mention as Etienne Oosthuizen comes on for a hobbling Franco van der Merwe at lock. Rebels ball just outside their 22.
50 PYLE TRY! 24-19! No this is not a mistake, the Rebels are over again through their lock forward after a good spell. This time Huxley misses the extras.
49 HUXLEY CONVERSION! 24-14! The lead decreases.
48 PYLE TRY! 24-12! We have ourselves a game ladies and gentlemen. Hugh Pyle barges over to make it a twelve-point game with the kick to come from Huxley.
46 The Rebels seem to have been given a rocket at the break as their tempo has increased from the first-half. They work it through their forwards for now and are approximately eight metres from the line, with Nick Phipps barking the orders at his pack.
43 However a forward pass from the Australians leads to possession changing hands via a scrum, with Bondesio finding a kicking Jantjies from the base.
Second-half Welcome back to the action as Huxley - the man who ended the first 40 minutes - starts the second period. The Rebels would love an early try here.
40 HUXLEY CONVERSION! 24-7! The gap is 17 at the break. No question that the Lions - three quarters of the way to a try bonus-point - deserve the lead.
39 ROBINSON TRY! 24-5! The Lions cannot hold out the Rebels in the dying embers of the first-half as a maul sees hooker Ged Robinson cross the whitewash.
38 The Rebels face the Stormers at Newlands next week and on this sort of form it could be a long 120 minutes until the end of their season. Mortlock has it 15 out.
37 JANTJIES CONVERSION! 24-0! The lead grows.
35 MINNIE TRY! 22-0! But in fact it is the Lions who now have it and look threatening. They are within five metres of the try-line here and have a driving maul. Is this to be their third try of the game before the break? It is! The Rebels parted like the Red Sea.
30 Half-an-hour gone then in Jo'burg and it's 17-0. Rebels have the ball inside their own half but haven't really threatened today apart from that Owen mistake.
26 Still the Rebels are in the red zone though and in fact have a penalty that one suspects will be put into the corner. Indeed that is the case, big moment here.
23 Rare good ball for the Rebels here as Stirling Mortlock follows up centre partner Mitch Inman with a powerful run through the Lions defence. That was a close call for the Lions but Rebels tighthead prop Jono Owen spills the ball with the try-line at his mercy.
20 It's been a bit of a kick-fest in the last three minutes with Huxley having the final say, pushing the Lions back into their half. Visagie's throw then, finding Minnie.
17 JANTJIES PENALTY! 17-0! He is kicking well today.
16 The Lions are back into opposition territory with Bondesio looking to use his big forwards. And it works too as referee Francisco Pastrana from Argentina spots Cadeyrn Neville not rolling away. Another chance for Jantjies to put more points on the board...
14 So it is clear early on that the Rebels are missing O'Connor and Beale as Huxley kicks poorly, straight down the throat of Kamana. Lions have it then on their ten-metre with Strauss putting his head down before tighthead Jacobie Adriaanse adds his weight.
11 JANTJIES CONVERSION! 14-0! He gets it again.
10 MINNIE TRY! 12-0! The overlap pays dividends. Minnie was there waiting and had the simple task of diving over close to the touchline. The lead grows.
9 Here come the Lions on the visitors 22 as Jantjies has a dart with little else on. Now it's with number eight Josh Strauss as the hosts look to put together an extended amount of phases in the red zone. They do just that with numbers created on the left...
6 Superb strength from Mark Gerrard as he bounces off three tacklers on halfway. All of which leads to a turnover in possession though as Jantjies clears to Huxley.
3 JANTJIES CONVERSION! 7-0! Solid start from the 10.
2 MURRAY TRY! 5-0! What a start from the Lions. Great work to move the ball to the left wing following Derick Minnie's early tackle bust and from there it was an inside ball from right wing Mapoe that sent over his returning centre.
Kick-off And we are off with Elton Jantjies kicking us off. Straight away the Rebels clear so it's an early throw for Callie Visagie, with the Lions then looking to go wide.
Team news The Lions make four changes as Michael Bondesio replaces Tian Meyer while Waylon Murray is at 13, with Lionel Mapoe moving to 14. James Kamana is 15. There is no James O'Connor or Kurtley Beale for the Rebels, with James Hilgendorf at 10.
Welcome Hello and welcome to our final coverage of the week. We are in Johannesburg for this one where the Lions host the Melbourne Rebels with little but pride at stake for the two sides. Victory for Johan Ackermann's side will unfortunately not lift them off the bottom while a win for the Rebels would keep them in twelfth position. Team news coming up.
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