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Golden Lions v Griquas - Live
80 Ross Cronje kicks the ball out to end the game! The Lions win with a bonus point try to secure a semi-final spot!
78 Replacement flyhalf Lionel Cronje has a long range shot but misses!
78 The Lions make another good break from their own half! The Griquas infringe by diving over the ball at the breakdown and the replacement hooker for the visitors is give a yellow card.
76 CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 35-28. Boshoff givevs them a seven point buffer.
75 TRY, LIONS, BRITZ, 33-28. The Lion man himself gives the home side a much needed try! Willie Britz makes a great break with 40m to go. He steps the last line of defense and shows good speed to go all the way under the poles! Great try!
74 Griquas attack well after Jansen puts through a decent grubber kick. Karemaker then makes a great steal to give the visitors an attacking opportunity. He infringes at the next breakdown and Lions are able to relieve the pressure.
70 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, PRINSLOO, 28-28. Great kick from Prinsloo. All square with 10min to play! Anyone's game!
70 A clever tactical kick from Prinsloo gets the griquas back into the Lions 22m. They attempt to run it but give away possession through a chip kick. lions infringe at the resulting breakdown and Prinsloo has a chance to level the score.
68 The Lions run strong from a scrum inside their own 22m. They showing some good speed and aggression on attack, with good distribution from Boshoff and hard running from Mapoe. After several phases the ball goes out just outside the Griquas 22m. Momentum seems to be with the Lions at the moment.
64 PENALTY,LIONS,BOSHOFF,28-25. Good kick by Boshoff to get his team in the lead.
62 The Lions have gone over in the corner through Lionel Mapoe! They've gone upstairs to check for a knock on in the process!
61 Another penalty to the Lions and the Griquas have been issued a warning. The Lions continue with their tactic of not taking a shot at posts and set up a line out.
59 The Lions win a penalty at scrum time. It's an easy 3 points just outside the 22m and they have opted for touch, clearly backing themselves here. They lose the line out, and Griquas clear just outside the 22m.
57 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, PRINSLOO, 25-25. Prinsloo equalizes with a good kick.
56 The Griquas show some fighting spirit and are immediately back on attack. They are rewarded eventually with a penalty straight in front. Lions offsides.
54 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF. 25-22. Great kick from Boshoff to take his side into the lead!
54 The Lions show promise on attack as replacement Cronje makes a good break! The Lions knock on in the resulting phase but the Griquas have been penalized for being offside. The opt for poles.
52 CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 22-22. Boshoff adds the points to draw the scores level.
52 TRY, LIONS, WEPENER, 20-22.The Lions attack well and come close through some powerful crash balls. They get awarded a penalty from the visitors being offside. The take it quickly once again turning down the three points but are rewarded with Willie Wepener crashing over for The Lions!
50 Gouws Prinsloo eventually manages to find a good clearance to get the visitors out of trouble! Lions have another opportunity to attack. They need to get some points here!
48 Andries Coetzee knocks on after making a half break! Griquas panic a bit inside their own 22m as he ball goes over the dead ball line but they come back for knock on advanatage.
46 Lions win a penalty around the half way line.They opt for touch instead of a long range effort.
44 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, PRINSLOO, 15-22. Prinsloo continues his form into the 2nd half.
43 Jacque van Rooyen infringes at the breakdown, and the griquas will have an early shot in the second half to extend their lead. Lions need to be more disciplined.
42 And we're underway for the second half! Lions again with an infringement and griquas will be able to kick for touch and set up an attacking line out.
40 Half time score 15-19 to Griquas. The visitors will be extremely happy with their performance and the fact that they head into half time with a four point lead! The Lions have turned down four easy opportunities for 3 points and maybe should take more of those opportunities on offer as they need a win today! The Griquas have defended well and Gouws Prinsloo's boot has been on form which has got them in the lead. Stay tuned for an exciting second half. Still anyones game!
39 The Lions lose the ball in the driving maul. Not really understanding the Lions tactics here, should really be taking the three when on offer.
39 griquas infringe at the breakdown and Lions have a penalty well within kicking range. They again opt for touch instead of taking a fairly easy three.
37 PENALTY, PRINSLOO, 15-19. Prinsloo does well to add the 3 points.
36 Griquas do well at scrum time as they win a penalty after several resets. Prinsloo will have a shot at goal!
33 Conversion is missed by Boshoff which means the Griquas keep the lead.
32 TRY, LIONS, VOLMINK, 15-16. The Lions show good form by keeping ball in hand through several phases. They finally go wide and Andries Coetzee puts a grubber through. Volmink shows immense pace to burn the Griquas defenders and does well to dot the ball down successfully!
29 CONVERSION, BOSHOFF, 10-16. Boshoff makes no mistake!
28 TRY, LIONS, VAN ROOYEN, 8-16. Well this times it pays off the home side! They attack well off the line out and bash their way through for Jacque van Rooyen to get the hosts first try!
27 Lions win another penalty and opt for touch again! Surely they should be accumulating points at this stage?
26 It's all griquas here at the moment! They not doing anything too flash. just doing the basics well.
25 Lions win a penalty after the kick off and opt for touch instead of poles. The Lions attack aggressively with both backs and forwards but the Griquas are up to the task in their defense! They win a penalty and once again are able to get out of trouble!
22 CONVERSION, PRINSLOO, 3-16. Great kick from Prinsloo!
21 TRY, GRIQUAS, JANSEN, 3-14. What a try! The ball goes wide to Rocco Jansen who finds space. In Bryan Habana like fashion, he chips ahead, gets a good bounce and collects to crash over for the first try of the match!
19 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, PRINSLOO, 3-9. Prinsloo continues his good form!
16 Lions not looking too dangerous on attack. After a bit of ping pong, the Lions fail at the breakdown - not getting enough numbers to it and Griquas win a penalty. they kick for the line.
14 Du Randt Gerber clears well to get the Griquas out of trouble.
13 Bondesio fumbles the ball at the back of the ruck and Griquas are let off the hook!
12 Good defense from the Lions off the kick off wins them a scrum in the Griquas 22m. Attacking opportunity for the home side here.
11 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, PRINSLOO, 3-6. Easy kick for Prinsloo who takes his team into the lead.
10 The Lions are penalized after the lineout for being off their feet. The Griquas now opt to take the easy three.
9 Griquas showing purpose as they run it from their own 22m. They do well in keeping ball in hand going through over 10 phases and finally get a penalty on the half way line. They opt for touch instead of taking a long range shot!
7 PENALTY, GRIQUAS, PRINSLOO, 3-3. Good start for Prinsloo who makes no mistake!
6 Some good attacking phases from both the backs and forwards of the Griquas gets them into the hosts 22m. Finally their patience is rewarded and Tecklenburg is penalised for slowing the ball down. Griquas will have an easy shot to level the scores.
3 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 3-0. Boshoff gets off to a good start!
2 The Lions go blind off the scrum and a clever grubber through gets them into the danger zone! Griquas fumble it and Lions manage to secure ball in the visitors 22m. A cross kick from the Lions is marked by the Griquas but we go back for a penalty advantage! Early opportunity for Boshoff.
1 And Du Randt Gerberb gets us underway! He over cooks the kick off and Lions will have a scrum on the half way!
Griquas coach Pote Human has made several changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg. Human decided to rest Springbok wing Willie le Roux, while regulars like Howard Mnisi (centre), Steph Roberts (prop), Ryno Barnes (hooker and captain), Marnus Schoeman (flanker), Marnus Hugo (scrum-half) and Francois Brummer (fly-half) have all been put on short leave. Number eight Leon Karemaker is the only regular forward remaining, with positional and tactical changes aplenty upfront. Most notably is the return of prop Lourens Adriaanse, who will also captain the side, and lock Rynard Landman. In the Griquas back-line Jacques Coetzee and Du Randt Gerber will form the half-back paring. Jonathan Francke, who played for Boland in this year's First Division gets a chance at centre. He will partner Jean Stemmet, while Luzuko Vulindlu gets his first Currie Cup game of the season after returning from loan with the SWD Eagles.
Golden Lions coach Johan Ackermann has made seven changes to his starting XV for Saturday's clash with Griquas in Johannesburg. In the forwards, Jacques van Rooyen moves into the starting side at loosehead prop. Willie Wepener is also promoted from the bench at hooker and Julian Redelinghuys will start at tighthead. Franco van der Merwe returns at lock, after his stint with the Springboks, while Warwick Tecklenburg will start at six. The back-line changes see Andries Coetzee shift to inside centre and Chrysander Botha switch to full-back. Deon Helberg will start on the wing as he is promoted to the starting line-up. Meanwhile, new inclusions amongst the replacements, Bees Roux and Lambert Groenewald, will provide cover for the forwards.
Welcome to Ellis Park for the final round of the Currie Cup 2013! Today features the Golden Lions vs. Griquas.
Updates to appear here at 14:45 local (13:45 BST).
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