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Griquas v Golden Lions - Live
Griquas 32 - 38 Golden Lions
80 The Lions create a turn-over on their own try line. Ross Cronje boots the ball into the stands and the Lions have won a very tense encounter. Neither side was very good defensively, but a high-scoring game is always enjoyable to watch. The loss however could spell the end of the Griquas challenge this season.
80 The Griquas have one last chance as a scrum is set after the hooter.
79 The lunge for the line is short, but the hosts still have an attacking scrum.
78 Numerous pick-n'-drives finally result in a penalty as the tackler did not roll away. The Griquas tap and go from the centre of the field.
75 An early push at the scrum gives the Griquas a penalty. They kick to the corner and will look to maul over the match winning try.
74 The hosts attack with a man to the good. A converted try would win it for the men from Kimberly. Lawson knocks it on, bringing an end to a promising move.
72 The tip tackle has resulted in Brummer leaving the field. He is replaced by Nico Scheepers.
71 Volmink lifts Brummer in the tackle and will spend the rest of this encounter on the side-lines.
70 The Griquas turn over possession after not feeding the scrum straight. As we head into the final 10 minutes, it will be all about keeping your hands on the ball. If the visitors can do that then they will leave Kimberly with full points.
67 CONVERSION, JANTJIES, 32-38: Jantjies kicks another one from the corner to extend the lead.
66 TRY, LIONS, KRIEL, 32-36: A break-down penalty allows the visitors to set up an attacking line-out deep in the Griquas 22 metre area. The resulting maul is set well and there is no stopping it as the flanker crashes over.
64 A frantic kick and chase from the home team gets the crowd on their feet. The Lions win the chase though and the danger is averted for the time being.
63 CONVERSION, JANTJIES, 32-31: The fly-half strokes the ball between the poles and there is just one point between the teams.
62 TRY, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 32-29: Boshoff has broken away and scored a try for the Lions to bring them right back into the match. Jason Jafta has decided however to check with the TMO if there was an issue. The TMO confirms the score is legal.
61 CONVERSION, BRUMMER, 32-24: The fly-half has his kicking boots on and increases the lead.
60 TRY, GRIQUAS, MNISI, 30-24: The Lions make a great turnover on the ground, the ball is spread as the counter-attack is on, but Janties drops the ball cold. Mnisi bounces on the loose ball and scores an opportunistic try.
59 The teams are split by a single point heading into the final quarter. This is the time when home ground advantage can count for a lot, as the crowd needs to lift the local team.
57 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, BRUMMER, 25-24: Griquas are straight back onto attack after conceding their lead. The Lions go off their feet at the ruck and the resulting penalty kick puts the hosts back into the lead.
54 CONVERSION, JANTJIES, 22-24: The fly-half takes over the kicking duties and nails it from the touch-line.
53 TRY, LIONS, VAN DER MERWE, 22-22: The visitors strike back immediately after the restart as their big lock goes over in the corner from close range.
50 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, BRUMMER, 22-17: A slipped bind at the scrum gives Brummer the chance to extend his team's lead.He makes no mistake from a handy position.
49 The Lions don't put the ball in straight to the scrum, resulting in possession being turned over. Griquas now have a scrum in a dangerous attack position.
48 Griquas find spaces next to the ruck and are making ground far too easily. Quickly recycled ball allows the men from Kimberly to bash over, but the decision is in the hands of the TMO. A pass on the 22 metre line has been deemed forward and thus the Lions have a chance to get out of jail.
45 The replacement hooker, Dobson, has taken his place in the scum as a tight-head. It is an entirely different position, but he copes well with his first scrum.
43 A second successive forward pass from the Lions pivot is picked up by the referee and the teams will scrum down. Neither back-line has looked quite as slick in the second half, but there is still plenty of time to click.
42 A handling error gives the Griquas a scrum deep in their own territory, but they have already shown today that they are happy to have a crack from anywhere. A clever kick by the full-back puts the Lions back into0 their own half.
41 The clearance is made by Brummer, but now the Lions are hot on attack. Ball in hand has been very productive for both teams thus far.
41 Welcome back to Kimberly. Jantjies kicks off to start the second spell.
Griquas 19 - 17 Golden Lions
40 Time is up on the clock, but a break-down penalty allows the Lions to attack again. A knock-on brings an end to a very high tempo 40 minutes of rugby. The contest is right in the balance and the side that manages to keep up this intensity for the entire 80 minutes will come away with the victory.
39 The Lions attack for possibly the last time in the first half. Going into the break ahead would be a significant mental advantage.
37 BRUMMER, CONVERSION, 19-17: Brummer kicks a tricky conversion and the hosts take the lead.
36 TRY, GRIQUAS, GREEF, 17-17: The NUmber eight breaks away and goes over to pull the scores level once more.
35 After a concerted mauling effort, the ball is held up and the hosts earn a five metre scrum.
33 The resulting maul is dragged down by the Lions, so the process will start all over again as the hosts put the ball into touch.
32 Griquas win a tight-head and try to use their backs. Under pressure Brummer tries the drop-kick but its away. The players are called back for an off-side penalty, which Bummer kicks to the corner.
30 A very well worked exit strategy off the kick-off gives the Griquas an attacking line-out just in their opponents half. The move breaks down through as Mnisi throws a forward pass.
29 TRY, LIONS, COETZEE, 12-17: A furious chain of attack is rounded off by the winger, coetzee. The hosts tacked valiantly but eventually ran out of defenders. Boshoff misses the conversion again.
25 After making a good turn-over, the hosts seal the ball off and give away a cheap penalty. Boshoff lines up the kick, but pulls it across the face of goal. The scores remain level.
23 The game continues to follow the pattern of teams taking turns to attack. The visitors stretch the defense of the Griquas, but the touch-line works as the 16th defender and ends the movement.
21 BRUMMER, CONVERSION, 12-12: The fly-half adds the extras and the scores are level.
20 TRY, GRIQUAS, VERMEULEN, 10-12: Lawson threw a miricle ball that opened space on the outside. Some good handling by forwards then put the ball in the full-backs hands who ran in a long distance try.
17 TRY, LIONS, VOLMINK, 5-12: Relentless retention of possession ends will the wing diving over in the corner from a metre out. Boshoff misses his first attempt at goal in the last 16 shots at goal.
15 The line-out is functioning well for the Golden Lions who use their loose-forwards to hit holes in the defence. Once over the advantage-line, a penalty comes and the visitors kick for touch.
12 The game is being played at some pace as the Griquas are back on attack. Sustained pressure results in a kickable penalty, but the hosts set the line-out. It comes to nothing as the lions clear their lines.
9 CONVERSION, BOSHOFF, 5-7: The full-back makes no mistake and adds the extra two.
8 TRY, COETZEE, 5-5: The clearance doesn't find touch, allowing the Lions to counter-attack. A string off off-loads ends with the hokker crashing over.
6 Great defence by the hosts results in a forward pass, but a scrum on your own five metre line means that they aren't out of the woods yet.
5 The Lions attack immediately after the kick-off. A break-down penalty is awarded and the visitors kick for touch to set up a five metre line-out.
3 TRY, STEMMET, 5-0: The Griquas centre combination break straight through some poor defense straight off the scrum. Stemmet rounds off the move with an early try. The conversion is missed by Brummer.
2 The first attack breaks down due to a knock-on. Both teams will want to impose themselves at the first scrum. On the second attempt, Griquas get clean ball.
1 Brummer kicks off for Griquas as the clash starts with some ping pong kicking before the Golden Lions go onto attack.
The skies are clear and the pitch is characteristically hard and dry. The conditions should aim some running rugby and a high scoring encounter.
The Griquas has rung the changes in an attempt to change their fortunes. Two knew locks come in thanks to a cluster of injuries and the banning of Rory Arnold for biting an opposing player. In the backs, Richard Lawson stats at wing while Jean Stemmet comes into the centres in an attempt to create a few more try scoring opportunities.
Welcome Welcome to Kimberly where the Griquas will host the Golden Lions in the first fixture of the Currie Cup's fifth round. The host are in need of a victory to get their challenge in the tournament back on track, while the visitors come into the fixture with a little momentum.
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