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Lions v Blues - Live
80 Lions 39 Blues 36
80 The Blues are making a desperate bid to get the win but they are pinned inside their 22! Marshall and Steven Luatua are soon caught behind the try-line and the Lions defenders are there in their numbers. The ball is soon forced over the dead-ball line and the referee blows his whistle to bring proceedings to a close! What a game it''s been and both sides deserve credit for making it an entertaining spectacle.
80 CONVERSION, BLUES, HICKEY! 39-36. Hickey adds the extras to narrow the gap to three points!
80 TRY, BLUES, MARSHALL! 39-34. Marshall gathers the ball inside the Lions' 22 and beats two defenders before crossing over!
78 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 39-29. Boshoff gives his side a 10-point lead with 45 metre penalty after the Blues' front row are penalised for illegal scrummaging.
75 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 36-29. Boshoff adds another three-pointer after several Blues backs are pinged for being offside on defence.
73 CONVERSION, BLUES, HICKEY! 33-29. Simon Hickey is on for Noakes and his first act is to guide the ball through the uprights with a well-taken place-kick.
72 TRY, BLUES, MOALA! 33-27. The Blues take the ball wide, close to the Lions' try-line and George Moala slips through a tackle from Skosan before dotting down!
69 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 33-22. The Lions pivot adds another three-pointer after Hall is pinned for side-entry at a ruck.
67 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! 30-22. Noakes narrows the gap to eight points as he adds the extras.
66 TRY, BLUES, HALAI! 30-20. The Blues attack with their backs, just outside the Lions' 22 and Marshall offloads to Halai, who bumps off a defender before scoring under the posts!
64 Boshoff does well with a 35 metre clearance kick which rolls into touch deep inside the visitors' 22.
61 CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 30-15. Boshoff succeeds with another two-pointer which gives the hosts some more breathing space!
60 TRY, LIONS, VAN WYK! 28-15. After consulting his TMO, referee Stuart Berry rules that Van Rensburg knocked the ball backwards and Coenie van Wyk is awarded the try as he dived onto the loose ball behind the try-line.
60 The Lions go onto the attack and Jaco Kriel bursts down the touchline! He offloads to Whiteley, who draws in the cover defence before offloading to van Rensburg, who has the ball knocked from his grasp by Piutau as he crosses the try-line!
59 CONVERSION, BLUES, NOAKES! Noakes adds the extras to narrow the gap to eight points!
58 TRY, BLUES, HALL! 23-13. The Blues launch a counter attack from deep inside their half and Piutau is in the clear down the left flank! He kicks ahead and regathers before offloading to Bryn Hall, who scores with his first touch of the game!
55 TRY, BLUES, PIUTAU! 23-8. The Blues attack close to the Lions'' try-line and Noakes throws a long skip pass which finds Charles Piutau, who scores in the left-hand corner!
53 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 23-3. Boshoff succeeds with another place-kick after the Blues front are pinged for illegal scrummaging.
50 Ruan Dreyer is penalised for illegal scrummaging. Noakes kicks for touch and puts the ball out midway between his 22 and the halfway mark.
47 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES! 20-3. Noakes gets the visitors' first points, with a three-pointer from 48 metres out after Julian Redelinghuys goes off his feet at a ruck.
44 YELLOW CARD, BLUES, DONNELLY! Tom Donnelly is sent packing after he is pinged for clearing out a ruck without using his arms.
44 The Blues attack deep inside the Lions' half. Marshall offloads to Akhi who takes the ball into contact. He makes little headway and is held up by Willie Britz. When the maul becomes static it's the Lions' put-in at the scrum.
42 DROP GOAL, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 20-0. The Lions take the ball through several phases just outside the Blues' 22. Boshoff drops into the pocket and lands another snap-shot!
41 Boshoff gets the second half underway! His kick is collected by Pita Ahki, who is tackled just outside his 22 by Pita Ahki.
40 Lions 17 Blues 0
40 CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 17-0. Boshoff slots another two-pointer to push the hosts further ahead. That's the final act of the half and the players head into the sheds. The Lions have upped the ante in the last 10 minutes and were richly rewarded. The Blues have paid the price, after losing Faumauina and will have plenty to do after the break if they want to win this game.
40 TRY, LIONS, SKOSAN! 15-0. The Lions are awarded a penalty just outside the Blues' 22 when Noakes holds onto the ballo n the ground. The home side plays quickly and Courtnall Skosan breaks infield after gathering a pass from van Rensburg before scoring!
39 DROP GOAL, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 10-0. Boshoff gathers the ball just outside the Blues' 22 and lands a snap-shot which dissects the uprights!
37 The Lions attack with their backs, from close to the halfway mark, and Van Rensburg stabs a grubber kick through which Frank Halai dots down behind his try-line.
35 CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 7-0. Boshoff adds the extras to extend his side's lead!
34 TRY, LIONS, DE KLERK! 5-0. Faf de Klerk spots a gap at a ruck close to the Blues' try-line and sells the defence a dummy before crashing over!
31 YELLOW CARD, BLUES, FAUMUINA! Faumuina receives his marching orders after he collapses a maul, close to his try-line, illegally.
30 Faumuina and Brendon O'Connor enter a ruck from the side. Boshoff kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Blues' five-metre line.
27 Charles Piutau runs onto a pass from Benji Marshall and takes a half gap. He is soon inside the Lions' half where he is tackled by van Rensburg, and gets a pass away, but there's no one behind him to take it.
24 Boshoff sees a gap behind the Blues' defence and delivers a cross-field kick which he hopes will roll into touch deep inside the visitors' 22. Unfortunately for him it rolls over the dead-ball line and the Blues can attack at a scrum just inside their half.
22 The Blues get the put-in at a scrum inside the Lions' 22 but the home side's pack shove them off the ball! Whiteley gathers and sets up a ruck before Boshoff boots the ball into touch.
20 The Blues do well to take the ball through several phases which brings them into the Lions' 22. Noakes throws a long pass which Stefan Watermeyer tries to intercept, but he knocks on at the critical moment.
17 The Blues attack close to the halfway mark and George Moala gets through half a gap on the outside of Deon van Rensburg. He tries to offload but JW Jonker does well to get a hand to the ball and knock it backwards.
14 Charlie Faumuina is blown up for illegal scrummaging. Boshoff takes a shot at goal but his effort is wide of the mark.
12 Piri weepu fails to gather the ball cleanly at a line-out on the halfway line. de Klerk boots ahead and tries to regather inside the visitors' 22 but knocks on!
10 The Lions front row are penalised for illegal scrummaging. Noakes kicks for touch and puts the ball out 10 metres outside his 22.
8 The Lions are camped close to the blues' try-line but they fail to capitalise as Coenie van wyk knocks on a long pass from Faf de Klerk close to the left-hand corner!
6 The sides pack down for the first scrum. It's deep inside the Lions' half and Tony woodcock is penalised for scrumming inwards. Boshoff puts the resulting penalty out on his 10-metre line.
3 Warren Whiteley is pinged for straying offside, close to the halfway line. Noakes kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the Lions' 22-metre line.
1 And we're off! The game gets underway with Chris Noakes kicking deep. Franco van der Merwe gathers and sets up a ruck inside his 22.
For the Lions, Marnitz Boshoff returns to fly-half after starting at full-back against the Sharks. This means that Elton Jantjies drops down to the bench and Coenie van Wyk comes into the run-on side at full-back. Jantjies is joined amongst the replacements by Ruan Combrinck, who has been replaced on the right wing by JW Jonker. The final back-line change sees Courtnall Skosan taking over from Chrysander Botha on the left wing. In the forwards, Robbie Coetzee replaces Willie Wepener at hooker while Willie Britz takes over on the blindside flank from Warwick Tecklenburg, who, like Wepener will provide cover from the replacements bench.
Benji Marshall will make his first Super Rugby start for the Blues in this match.Marshall will line up at full-back in a Blues side featuring five changes to the one that lost to the Bulls last week. Charles Piutau moves from full-back to wing to accommodate the injection of Marshall as youngster Tevita Li drops out of the side. Pita Ahki is rewarded with a start at inside centre in place of Jackson Willison who moves to the bench, while Chris Noakes replaces Simon Hickey at fly-half. In the forwards, Peter Saili is suffering from a patella tendon injury as Steven Luatua moves to the back of the scrum to replace him, with Brendon O'Connor getting his first start of the season at blindside flanker. Patrick Tuipulotu replaces Liaki Moli at lock, while Jordan Manihera is poised to make his Super Rugby debut after being named on the bench.
Hello and welcome to Ellis Park in Johannesburg for this Super Rugby hit out between the Lions and the Blues. We'll return shortly with team news.
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