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Lions v Reds - Live
80 FULL-TIME: LIONS 23-20 REDS
80 But the Lions have done it! What a win! The maul held up and the ball sucked in to finish the Reds off. A game lacking in quality but packed with excitement as the hosts clawed their way back from two Quade Cooper tries. Thanks for joining us.
80 The clock is red...the visitors are 15 metres short!
79 The Reds have it back in the last minute. They'll have to go from fifty metres and with thirteen men. Can they do it? Is there another twist in this tale?
78 CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 23-20 Crucially, Boshoff holds his nerve. Two minutes to play, three points the difference. What a turnaround!
78 TRY, LIONS, SKOSAN! 21-20 Ellis Park erupts! From nowhere, the Lions have come roaring back to take the lead in the dying minutes.
77 It looks like they've done it! The maul was felled just metres short, but the ball was whipped left and Skosan stepped inside brilliantly to make the line. Berry will go to the TMO...
77 Two penalties and more resets, still we play on. This time the Lions go for the corner. Now three minutes to play.
74 Fifteen versus thirteen. Five metre scrum for the Lions. Four points the difference. The hosts must win from here.
73 Lions have it back once more, mixing up play really well. Watermeyer to within two metres...and the hosts have a penalty. And unsurprisingly so close to the line, it's a yellow card for Schatz. Six forwards now for the Reds, the Lions go for the scrum!
71 The hosts rumble their way forward, but lose possession, Gill hacks it out, but has injured himself in the process. Nasty hamstring problem for the back-row.
70 And now we have a yellow card for Hanson as Berry follows through on his earlier warning. Lions boot down to the visitors' 22 with a big opportunity to take control.
69 The Reds have regained the ball and the momentum inside the Lions 22. Cooper's grubber to the corner is just too far for his chasers, though.
66 CONVERSION, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 16-20 It's a four-point game now at Ellis Park. Big finish in store!
66 TRY, LIONS, MAPOE! 14-20 They've finally made the breakthrough after the driving maul handed the hosts the attacking impetus. Mapoe dummied the switch and had the power to carry Cooper with him over the line. Crucial try with fourteen to go.
65 Penalty Lions, who kick to the corner again. Eleven points down, still.
62 The Lions have a scrum inside Reds territory. Still lots to do with 18 minutes left on the clock.
59 Once again, the hosts cough up possession. Penalty Reds, Cooper clears.
57 Incredibly frustrating for the hosts as the lineout goes awry. A real waste, but credit to the Reds.
55 Another penalty...corner again
54 What a break from de Klerk! A sniping seventy metre run that saw the scrum-half gather his own chip has the Lions in the 22. They lose possession but they win the penalty. They go to the corner...
52 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 9-20 The hosts slowly working their way back into this one. Boshoff knocks over another simple three-pointer.
50 Genia swivels and kicks smartly down into the Lions' 22, finding space. Lineout to the hosts.
49 Here come the Lions! A driving maul gives them the impetus in the Reds' 22, and the phases build up. But the ball is once again loose and the Reds have it back. Turner thumps away.
47 Boshoff fades a monster drop-goal attempt wide.
45 The Lions clear eventually, and then launch an attack of their own. They have a scrum just outside the visitors' 22.
44 Scrappy attempted clearance is charged down, another Lions lineout right on their own line.
43 Early endeavour from both sides with ball in hand, and a lovely kick right into the corner from Cooper.
40 Boshoff has us back underway in Jo'burg. Big second half needed for the Lions.
40 HALF-TIME: LIONS 6-20 REDS
40 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 6-20 The fly-half slots the three-pointer with the last kick of the half. It's his opposite number who's stolen the show so far at Ellis Park, however.
40 More penalties coming, and Stu Berry losing patience. Horwill warned for what we suspect will be the very last time before the referee goes to his pocket. The Lions bizarrely eschewing the chance for another scrum in favour of three points.
40 Scrum penalty for the Lions...scrum again. Reds given another warning.
39 The hosts win the free-kick, foot up from hooker Fainga'a. Lions opting for another scrum. Last minute of the half, a try would be a huge boost before the break.
38 Smart defence from the Reds, though, after the Lions maul made good initial ground. Scrum to the visitors.
37 Genia squint-feeds again, penalty Lions. Boshoof booms downfield to the visitors' 22.
35 The Reds sweeping forward once more but halted by a forward pass. They look very comfortable in attack, with Genia and Cooper controlling things well.
33 CONVERSION, REDS, COOPER! 3-20
33 TRY, REDS, COOPER! 3-18 The fly-half is stealing the show here at Ellis Park! Good, disciplined attack from the Reds drew in defenders and Cooper threw a dummy on the inside and strolled home under the posts. Too easy.
32 Now the Reds come roaring back into the home 22...
30 The Lions shooting themselves in the foot when attacking as more kicks drift out on the full, and more passes go to ground. They do win a penalty, however, and Boshoff clears.
27 It comes to nothing as the hosts' handling once again lets them down. Genia boots down towards the 22.
25 The Lions now attacking and building good phases in the visitors' half. Looking to cut the deficit.
22 Lots of reset scrums in midfield just now, Lions put-in.
18 Very scrappy play here in Jo'burg, possession changing hands time and again.
16 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 3-13
16 Ok, the ball was lost in contact by James Horwill, but via hands in the ruck. So Cooper has a simple penalty attempt from straight in front.
16 Looks like a try for replacement Shipperley, we're checking with the TMO...
14 PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF! 3-10 No problem for one of world rugby's safest boots.
13 Scrum penalty for the Lions on the 10m line, Boshoff will line it up.
11 More counter-attacking stuff here in Jo'burg as the Lions chip 'n' chase their way downfield, and de Klerk dinks into the corner. Reds lineout deep in their own 22.
10 The Reds so close to another try! Toua's dancing feet saw him cut through the Lions defence, before a brilliant cover tackle from Skosan felled the full-back five metres short. He spilled the ball as he went to ground, and the Lions have the scrum.
9 Lusaseni has replaced van der Merwe, as the Lions' attack fizzles out with more scrappy handling.
7 CONVERSION, REDS, COOPER! 0-10
6 TRY, REDS, COOPER! 0-8 This game already opening up into the broken play, end-to-end affair its billing suggested. The Lions were in attack with van der Merwe still down, Genia cleared downfield, and the hosts' attempt to run the ball out of their own 22 ended in disaster. An interception, and a run-in for the fly-half.
4 Van der Merwe down for the Lions just now. Bash to the face, but more concerning is the damage to his right ankle in contact. Nasty injury.
3 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 0-3 The Wallaby pivot bangs over his first attempt.
2 Early penalty opportunity for the visitors.
We're underway here in Johannesburg, Cooper kicks off for the Reds!
The visitors to Ellis Park arrive armed with Wallabies half-backs Will Genia and Quade Cooper, as well as skipper James Horwill.
The Lions show just one change from the side that edged out the Blues in Johannesburg. It's an enforced one as hooker Robbie Coetzee drops out with an injury, to be replaced by Willie Wepener.
Hello, and welcome to live coverage of the Lions versus the Reds at Ellis Park. The hosts have sprung a few surprises early on in their Super Rugby campaign, and will look to claim the scalp of a Reds outfit packed with Wallabies. Both teams like to throw the ball around, this one should be a cracker. Kick-off in half an hour, don't go anywhere!
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