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Lions v Kings - Live
LIONS 18-23 KINGS (LIONS RETURN TO SUPER RUGBY AFTER WINNING ON AGGREGATE BY TWO POINTS)
80 Kings win a scrum penalty but the kick long misses touch, Lions in possession. Penalty! 10 seconds left as the Lions win the penalty at the breakdown. Jantjies kicks into touch and despite losing the match, the Lions are back in Super Rugby! Valiant effort from the Kings late on, but they lose the promotion/relegation decider on aggregate by two points. A packed Ellis Park celebrates after a thrilling finish.
78 Lions caught for running into their own man, Kings with a five-metre scrum. They need three points to stay in Super Rugby!
75 Kings attack from deep and kick long through Whitehead, looking for ground. Englebrecht is unable to gather the bouncing ball and the Lions turn it over in the Kings 22!
TRY, KINGS, VAN BREDA! 18-23: Solid lineout taken by Van Der Merwe. Punishing maul from the Lions now, up to the Kings 22. Peeled right through Kriel, loses the ball and the Kings counter! Huge run on turnover ball from the Kings through the substitute Shane Gates who outpaces the rest of the field, holds up and then sets up the attack for Van Breda to go over in the corner. Super try! Van Breda lands the crucial conversion.
71 Lions stop the Kings' attack by ripping possession away and then winning the penalty at the breakdown. Big blow that for the Kings chances.
70 Lions under pressure with a lineout by their own 22 - stolen by Bulbring! Kings now setting up another attack and they win a penalty - Whitehead kicking into the corner.
TRY, KINGS, FERRIERA! 18-16: The loosehead prop barges his way over after great work from scrum-half Venter around the fringes. Game on!
YELLOW CARD, LIONS, HANEKOM! Dangerous tackle from Hanekom on Parkes and the Lions will have to fight this out for ten minutes down a man.
67 Englebrecht with a strong carry for the Kings up to the Lions 22. The pass from Parkes goes forward and Botha sprints away thinking he's going to score for the Lions, but we've come back for some foul play in the Kings attack. TMO being consulted.
66 Britz carrying down the right but the ball is lost forward so the Kings have the advantage, coming back for a scrum in midfield about 35 metres out from the Lions line.
65 Long lineout but it isn't straight from du Plessis, Lions to have the scrum.
64 Up-and-under well taken by Whitehead and then the Kings win a penalty inside Lions territory, Whitehead kicking into the corner
62 Jantjies attempt falls wide of the posts down the left, so the gap remains at nine points. Time ticking away for the Kings.
60 Lions back on the front foot, deep in Kings territory. Penalty for not releasing, Jantjies looking to extend the gap.
58 Lost forward by the Lions at the restart, scrum to the Kings in a very promising position. Britz and Coetzee on for the Lions, powerful drive and they turn over possession, attacking deep through Volmink. Shifting the ball wide right to Minnie as the crowd roar, Marais goes for the interception but it's dropped! Lions scrum.
TRY! LIONS! KRIEL! 18-9: Buys penalised for a side entry so the Lions have an attacking maul in the Kings half. Huge gap for Jaco Kriel and he's in! Good pace and that's the Lions' second try of the match. Kings with a mountain to climb now as Jantjies converts.
53 Kings now with the promising attacking position. Lions breaking out of their own 22, and win the penalty as Ferriera does not roll away in the tackle. Penalty count rising for the Kings. Jantjies kicks to touch.
51 Lands back on the attack, but once again the Kings clear, this time through Venter. Defensive line holding firm but they need points on the board.
49 Whiteley has a dislocated finger popped back into place so Minnie moves into number eight. Huge drive as the referee shouts use it, Englebrecht for the Kings with a starring role as he poaches the ball and races away. Marais then wastes a potent counter attack by kicking straight into touch.
48 A third scrum penalty now for the Lions, Kings on their final warning five metres out from their own line.
46 Thundering drive from Whiteley and Botha's chip causes all sorts of problems for the Kings defence. Five metre scrum now to the Lions who have made an excellent start to this half. Another penalty, scrum down once more.
PENALTY! LIONS! JANTJIES! 11-9: Fine strike from the young fly-half, the Lion starting with real intent.
43 Early punishment this time at the scrum for the Kings as the Lions win another penalty, looking to take back the lead once more.
40 Jantjies starts the second half off for the Lions.
LIONS 8-9 KINGS
40 Lions launch a high kick and Whitehead struggles to control the ball, Marais hacking into touch. Tense first half but the Kings with plenty of work left to do.
PENALTY! KINGS! VAN BREDA! 8-9: Kings back in front as Van Breda curls in the penalty. One minute until half-time.
39 Kings lineout just on their side of halfway. Box kick from Venter, ball comes back the Kings way. Murray and Cooke combine, poor kick but we come back for a penalty after the Lions went offside. Shot for Van Breda.
TRY, LIONS, MINNIE! 8-6: Van der Walt warned as replays show Minnie did enough to roll over and get the ball down for the first try of the match. Jantjies shanks the conversion.
36 Instead he goes to the corner, the Kings struggling with that rolling maul and the Lions now going for the jugular. Lineout is won but that's an excellent counter-drive from the Kings. Janse Van Rensburg charging on, Minnie is over the line... did he get that down? Upstairs to the TMO.
34 Another Lions maul causing problems for the Kings, Minnie at the base. Advantage being played, Janse Van Rensburg charging on. Back for the penalty, Jantjies with the chance to level the scores from wide out on the left.
32 Grubber from Hanekom leaves the Kings with a useful lineout position. Cooke runs a hard line but the Lions on top at the breakdown once more, tide turning here at Ellis Park. Jantjies finds touch up by the 22.
PENALTY! LIONS! JANTJIES! 3-6: First points for the Lions after half an hour's worth of play. Crucial period ahead of half-time coming up.
28 Pressure scrum near the Kings own line. Huge shove from the Lions but Marais gets the ball away long downfield, good work from the visitors. Driving maul once more from the Lions and the penalty comes, similar spot to Jantjies' first attempt at goal. He'll try again.
26 Another Lions maul and Botha chips through, forcing Marais to come across and run the ball into touch. Bezuidenhout hits his man as van der Walt is penalised, Lions tap and go. Ball lost in the tackle, ruled as maul, so the Kings have a five-metre scrum.
23 Jantjies shot at goal drifts wide to the left of the sticks, Kings still lead 6-0. Ferriera penalised so the Lions move the ball back into Kings territory. Effective maul and Kriel bursts from the base. Poor pass though lands in the hands of Cooke and the Kings clear through Parkes.
20 Lions scrum near the halfway line - straight to ground so we'll reset. Good attack down the right side but Helberg is unable to collect Hanekom's pass. Lions win the penalty about 45 metres out and Jantjies will go for goal.
18 Kings break away as the Lions jump early at the lineout, working their way upfield for another penalty. Van Breda lines up a third shot at goal, but this one drifts just high and wide to the right of the posts. Kings still ahead by six.
15 Kings lineout 40 metres out, series of phases but Maku is penalised at the breakdown as the Lions win some possession. Deep kick from Jantjies into the 22.
PENALTY! KINGS! VAN BREDA! 0-6: Another super strike from the right winger and the Kings are up by six, the Lions now ahead by one point.
PENALTY! KINGS! VAN BREDA! 0-3: Fine strike from the winger as the Kings draw first blood at Ellis Park.
10 Van der Merwe nearly in with an interception before Minnie is penalised at the breakdown, Kings penalty within range.
8 Lions forced back towards their 22, short ball and Cronje clears with a box kick. Kings coming back through Murray onto Cooke, but Des Fountain intercepts and is dragged into touch. Kings lineout - wide ball as the visitors continue their impressive start outside the 22.
6 Lost forward by Kriel coming forward to take the lineout so the Lions have a scrum on their own five-metre line. Kings pack putting on the power but the Lions scramble the ball away. Troublesome bounce of the ball from the Kings kick back into the 22 but Combrinck recovers and clears long.
5 Safely taken by Nell as the Kings attack, Whitehead kicking into the corner and Combrinck is forced to take the ball into touch. Kings five-metre lineout.
3 Kings with the heavier pack and they win the early penalty, Janse Van Rensburg losing his bind. Whitehead kicks up to the Lions 22.
2 Lineout taken by Roodt who charges forward, ball lost forward though in the tackle by Hanekom and the Kings will have the scrum in their own half.
Kick off George Whitehead starts proceedings as Ellis Park roars into life. Early penalty against the Kings and Jantjies kicks to touch inside opposition territory.
Build - up The Kings wait out on the field as JC Janse Van Rensburg leads out the Lions for the last time before his move to Agen. Kickoff coming up.
Sunny skies and a warm temperature at Ellis Park, little to worry about for either side.
Team News The Kings suffered a major setback when their first-choice fly-half Demetri Catrakilis sustained a shoulder injury which will keep him on the sidelines for between six and eight weeks. Lions boss Johan Ackermann has made two changes to his side for Saturday's second leg of their promotion/relegation play-off with the Kings in Johannesburg. In the back-line, Deon Helberg replaces the injured Deon van Rensburg on the wing, while Ross Cronje will start at scrum-half in place of the injured Viaan van der Watt. Guy Cronje takes his brother's place amongst the replacements as scrum-half cover.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Ellis Park for today's second-leg in the Super Rugby relegation/promotion battle between the Lions and the Kings.
Updates to appear here at 14:45 local (13:45 BST, 12:45 GMT).
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