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Lions v Crusaders - Live
40 Lions 0 Crusaders 6
40 Kieron Fonotia is pinged for a tip tackle on Schalk van der Merwe. It's only a penalty and Boshoff it into touch. That's the final act of the half and the sides head into the sheds. It's been a closely fought affair and both sides' defence has been solid. Hopefully things will open up after the break.
39 Ryan Crotty is stopped just short of the Lions' try-line. Stefan Watermeyer wins a turnover and the ball is recycled before Boshoff boots it upfield.
37 Slade gets another chance from the kicking tee, after Britz plays the ball fro man offside position. His effort strikes an upright, however, and the hosts gain a reprieve.
34 Slade launches a chip kick, close to the halfway mark, and Nemani Nadolo gives chase. He misjudges the bounce of the ball and can only watch as the ball rolls into touch.
31 Julian Redelinghuys is pinged for illegal scrummaging just outside the visitors' 22. Slade puts the penalty into touch five metres inside the Lions' half.
29 De Klerk sets off on an attacking run, down the touchline, and throws an inside pass but Willie Britz knocks on!
27 The Lions are on the attack and are soon camped close to the Crusaders' try-line. They are soon penalised, however, when Deon van Rensburg holds onto the ball on the ground. Slade kicks for touch and puts the ball out close to his 10-metre line.
25 The lions' front row are pinged for illegal scrummaging. Slade kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the hosts' 10-metre line.
22 Jaco Kriel carries with meaning. just outside the Crusaders' 22. Boshoff drops into the pocket and launches a drop goal but his effort is just wide of the target!
21 Wyatt Crockett is penalised for dropping his bind at a scrum inside the Lions' 22. Boshoff puts the ball into touch midway between the halfway mark and the Crusaders' 22.
19 Israel Dagg gathers a Faf de Klerk kick inside his 22 and calls a mark. He kicks for touch and puts the ball out close to the halfway line.
17 McNicholl puts a kick through but Andries Coetzee gathers inside his 22 and returns the favour by putting the ball into touch 10 metres inside the Crusaders' half.
14 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE! 0-6. Slade doubles the visitors' lead after Franco Mostert goes off his feet at a ruck.
11 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, SLADE! 0-3. Colin Slade gets the game's first points, from the kicking tee, after Warren Whiteley is pinged for a ruck infringement.
8 The visitors take the ball out wide with their backs but Johnny McNicholl's pass to George Whitelock is a poor one, and goes directly into touch.
6 Colin Slade has a chance to open the scoring, after the Lions' front row is pinged for a scrum infringement. His effort is just off target though.
4 The Crusaders show their class as they put great pressure on the Lions at the opening scrum. The hosts soon capitulate under the pressure.
1 And we're off! Marnitz Boshoff gets us underway. His kick is gathered by Andy Ellis, who kicks for touch and puts the ball out on the halfway line.
Lions boss Johan Ackermann has made three changes to his starting XV for this clash. In the forwards, Martin Muller comes in at lock for the injured Franco van der Merwe. Meanwhile, in the backline, Andries Coetzee will start at full-back with Lionel Mapoe coming into the run-on side at outside centre. As a result, Deon van Rensburg shifts to wing. Amongst the replacements, Malcolm Marx is set to make his Super Rugby debut while Warwick Tecklenburg and Elton Jantjies also return to the matchday squad.
The big news is that captain and number eight Kieran Read is unavailable for selection due to a head knock he received in last weekend's loss to the Hurricanes in Christchurch. Luke Whitelock will take his place at the base of the scrum after starting on the blindside flank last weekend. In other changes, Dominic Bird joins Samuel Whitelock in the second row after Luke Romano was ruled out of contention with a calf injury sustained last weekend while George Whitelock comes in at number six. Ryan Crotty will step up to the captaincy this week and also shifts from outside centre to the number 12 jersey. Two back-line players will get their first starts of the season - Kieron Fonotia at centre and Nemani Nadolo on the wing.
Welcome Good day and welcome to Ellis Park in Johannesburg for our live coverage of this Super Rugby hit out between our hosts, the Lions, and seven-time champions, the Crusaders. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.
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