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||The Lions keep the ball close from the restart and are running down the clock before Marnitz Boshoff boots the ball out for FULL-TIME and the Lions win it 20-16|
||Jantjies adds the CONVERSION and the Lions lead 20-16|
||The Rebels are now in the Lions half, but they lose and Kriel makes some hard yards before Mostert is in a gap. The ball gets spread to Mapoe who goes through in the back and scores the TRY!|
||Harris misses the penalty and the score remains 16-13 to the Rebels|
||The Rebels have the ball on halfway with Ellison nearly in a half gap. Cummins takes it up and is nearly turned over as the home team struggles to find a break. The Lions turn it over, but it is a penalty and Harris has a chance to extend the lead.|
||Boshoff misses the penalty but the Lions get the ball back from a Rebels kick with Mapoe making ground before Kriel loses it forward and the Rebels have a defensive scrum near their own ten metre line. They keep with ball with Inman looking for space. Jones takes it before Sefanaia Naivalu sends a kick over the lions tryline which is dotted down by Skosan|
||The Lions, from a line-out on halfway forms the driving maul with Kriel in possession at the back. De Klerk goes wide with Andries Coetzee making good ground but the Lions get a penalty on halfway with a Rebels player coming in from the side. And Boshoff points to the posts|
||The home team goes to the midfield before it is kicked down field, Sefanaia Naivalu fields a kick and beats three defenders before he is brought down in the Lions 22. The Rebels win the penalty and they get a chance to go back in front. Harris converts the PENALTY and the Rebels lead 16-13|
||The Rebels now have the ball about ten out from the Lions 22 before Higginbotham is through in space, but play is brought back for obstruction and the Lions will have an attacking line-out near the Rebels 10 metre line. They go wide but Mastriet loses it forward from a poor pass and the Rebels will have a scrum five from their 22|
||Jantjies converts the PENALTY and it is all tied up at 13-13|
||From the scrum Boshoff sells the dummy before Coetzee sends a big kick down field. The Rebels have the ball back on halfway but Kriel steals it and Andries Coetzee is through but his final pass hits a Rebels player. The away team gets the ball back on halfway after a kick and they win a penalty after a dangerous tackle and Cummins gets YELLOW CARDED!|
||The Lions lose the ball from the line-out five metres from their tryline after a loose ball and Mike Harris picks it up and scores the try under the posts. But after a lengthy TMO decision it is judged to be lossed forward. The Lions have a scrum.|
||The Rebels now have the ball in the Lions 22 with Inman again taking three defenders with him as the Rebels are five out before Sefanaia Naivalu is tackled into touch. The Lions now have a defensive line-out|
||Higginbotham takes it up from the back of the scrum before it is cleared down field. The Lions run it back and find themselves on the Rebels ten metre line. Mastriet is tackled hard but Armand vb der Merwe breaks through a tackle before Minnies poor pass sends the Lions back|
||The Lions opt for a five metre line-out from the penalty. They opt for one off runners before Minnie loses it forward and the Rebels have a scrum five out from the tryline.|
||From the scrum Inman works it up before Harris gives the Lions an Attacking line-out just outside the Rebels 22. The Lions form a maul before it is spread to Mapoe who makes some metres. The Lions are now in the 22 and Tecklenburg takes two defenders with as the Lions are just three metres from the Line. Mapoe loses it forward but the Lion win the penalty|
||The Rebels now have possession on halfway with Stirzaker asking some questions around the rucks as the home team are just metres outside of the Lions 22. Placid loses it forward and the Lions counter and Whiteley and Mastriets combines well as they make their way in the Rebels 22 before De Klek's pass is lost forward after a wonderful move|
||Jantjies adds the CONVERSION and the score is now 13-10 to the Rebels|
||After 13 phases the home team finally finds some space before they loses the ball. The Lions kick and the Rebels run it back with Ellison. Lions get the ball back and Mastriet is in space. He passes to Boshoff who sprints in under the polls for the TRY!|
||Harris sends a quality kick down field from the restart and they Lions start from a line-out on their own 10 metre line. The Rebels steal it and McMahon powers through a tackle. The Rebels after losing possession briefly are back on the Lions 10 metre line|
||SECOND HALF: Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff gets the second half under way!|
||After 14 phases the Lions are now 10 metres from the tryline. mapoe goes around the ruck before it is lost forward by Ruan Dreyer five metres out and the Rebels have a defensive scrum five metres from their own tryline. From the scrum the Rebels win a free-kick and Harris boots it out for HALF-TIME! Rebels 13 - 3 Lions|
||This time the Lions win a free-kick and Jantjies finds touch near the Rebels ten metre line. From the line-out The Rebels lose the ball after a massive tackle from Skosan. The Lions are now in the Rebels 22. They now opt for the pick and go but make no progress|
||After a few scrum resets deep in their 22, the Lions win another scrum after nearly losing the ball at the base of the scrum. The Lions scrum looks the stronger with the Rebels constantly under pressure|
||The Rebels turn the ball over on the Lions 22. Smith takes the Rebels in the 22 but the ball is held up and it is turned into a maul. The Rebels cannot release it and the Lions will have a defensive scrum in their own 22.|
||Jantjies coverts the PENALTY and the score is now 13-3|
||The Lions win a penalty with Smith collapsing again, and Boshoff gives his team a line-out near the Rebels ten metres line. Jantjies picks the ball up after a scrappy line-out. The away team now has a penalty and Jantjies points to the polls about 40 metres out|
||From the five metre line-out Tecklenburg takes it up before Boshoff's kick is charged down by Stirzaker. From the restart the Rebels run it back and get a could drive on towards the 22 before it doesn't come out and the Lions have scrum just outside their own 22|
||The Lions now have a driving maul as they go past the Rebels ten metre line. They go wide but are met with hard defence and the Lions give a way the penalty. Harris takes it quickly before English is nearly through on the flank before being tackled into touch five metres from the Lions tryline|
||From a scrum deep in their own 22, the Lions win a penalty with Smith collapsing in the front row. The Lions now from a line-out near their own ten metre line clears through De Klerk and the Rebels win it back on halfway. Harris tries to find a gap before the Lions win another penalty after a Rebels player joined the ruck from the side|
||After a few scrum resets. the Lions clears through De Klerk. Ellison finds space and runs 40 metres before passing to Stirzaker in the 22 who is brought down just short of the tryline. The ball then goes to Pat Leafa who is over for the try, but play is brought back for a knock on from Stirzaker|
||The Rebels start again from their own own but the Lions will get a scrum their 10 metre line after a number of phases in which the Rebels lost the ball forward.|
||From the scrum the Lions win a free-kick with the Rebels not square and steady. The Rebels now have a line-out near their own 10 metre line. The Lions win the throw but are under pressure now after a wayward pass from De Klerk before Jantjie kicks down field|
||The Lions have the ball on their 10 metre line before they lose possession with Shipperley finding space on the flank and his grubber goes into touch in the Lions 22 for a line-out. The Lions will get a scrum 10 metres from their tryline now after a Rebels knock on|
||Harris misses the conversion and the Rebels lead 13-0|
||From the line-out Higginbothom takes it up before McMahon makes ground in the 22 with s strong run. The ball goes to Timani who passes to Jonah Placid who scores a TRY! in the corner on debut.|
||The Lions, from an attacking line-out on the Rebels ten metre line, gives the ball away with a over throw and after a Rebels kick have to start again deep in their own half. The Rebels now have a penalty on their 10 metre line and Harris gives them a line-out in the Lions 1o metre zone.|
||Harris misses the conversion and the Rebels lead 8-0|
||From the line-out the Rebels goes onto the attack and they win another penalty just outside the Lions 22. This time they opt for a line-out five metres out from the Lions tryline. From the line-out Stirzaker is nearly through before Mitch Inman holds off two tacklers to get the first TRY!|
||Mostert now gets a YELLOW CARD for an offside play and the Rebels have an attacking line-out in the Lions half.|
||MIke Harris kicks the PENALTY over and Rebels lead 3-0.|
||The lions attempt to run it out from the restart before Boshoff kicks down field. The Rebels run it back but are met with some hard defence. Tomani take it over halfway for his team before they get a penalty on the Lions 10 metre line.|
||KICK-OFF: Rebels' flyhalf Mike Harris gets the game under way!|
||The Lions, however, have lost eight of their last nine trips to Australia, with those eight defeats coming at an average margin of 24 points.|
||The Rebels have lost their last six at home in Super Rugby, with their last three wins all coming away from home (they last won in Melbourne in Round 10 last year).|
||Welcome to live coverage of Super Rugby with the Rebels taking on the Lions at AAMI Park in Melbourne.|
The Hurricanes head south, across the Cook Strait, determined to maintain their unbeaten start - as Super Rugby heads into Week Six.
The Hurricanes head south, across the Cook Strait, determined to maintain their unbeaten start - as the Super Rugby season heads into Week Six.
Awaiting for the tournament's only remaining unbeaten side is a Highlanders team that has lost just once and is in fifth place on the standings - just four points behind the second-placed Hurricanes.
The other Friday match is a stark contrast - both the Rebels and Lions sitting outside the top 10 on the standings, after underwhelming starts to the season.
An intriguing statistic is that neither side has won at home this season - the Rebels beating the Crusaders (in Week One) and Western Force (last week) in away games, while the Lions' solitary victory came against the Blues in Albany in Week Four.
We look at Friday's matches!
Friday, March 20
Highlanders v Hurricanes
(Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin - Kick-off: 19.35; 08.35 GMT)
The Hurricanes will face a Highlanders team that hit its straps against the defending champion Waratahs last Saturday, but has been riddled with injuries.
Not that the Hurricanes have escaped the injury bogey - having lost All Black hooker Dane Coles due to a hyperextension-injury of the elbow, which has not recovered in time.
The Highlanders paid a dear price for their heroics against the defending champion Waratahs last week.
Not only are they without their three most highly-rated props - Ma'afu Fia (out for the season with ruptured knee ligaments), Kane Hames (on a five-week suspension) and Ross Geldenhuys (fractured thumb) - but Shane Christie remains sidelined after re-injuring his hamstring and John Hardie is sidelined with a dislocated ankle.
Despite the enormous injury count, Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph remained upbeat.
"The energy is very high, and I'd measure that by the willingness the players have to learn, do their homework, give feedback and help each other," Joseph told The Southland Times.
"It's not about how much physicality they show at training, but how much due diligence on the game, and reinforcing what we need to do.
"Those are good signs and I guess the key now is that we execute in the match."
Both the Hurricanes and Highlanders have been exciting and showed the ability to capitalise on turnovers and the pressure created closer to the ruck.
Hurricanes left wing Julian Savea crossed for his third and fourth tries of the year against the Blues last week, while the Highlanders' back three Patrick Osborne, Waisake Naholo and Ben Smith all scored tries against the Waratahs.
History suggests the Hurricanes and Highlanders rivalry is one of the closest derbies in Super Rugby.
Joseph said the Hurricanes represented the Highlanders' biggest challenge so far.
"They're unbeaten, almost injury-free and at full-strength,"the Highlanders coach told The Otago Daily Times.
"They're now a very structured and organised team and Ma'a [Nonu] is playing his best Super rugby for some seasons. There are a lot of in-form All Blacks and they are a much-improved team."
2014: Highlanders won 18-16, Wellington
2014: Highlanders won 35-31, Dunedin
2013: Highlanders won 49-44, Wellington
2013: Hurricanes won 23-19, Dunedin
2012: Hurricanes won 26-20, Dunedin
2012: Highlanders won 19-17, Wellington
Prediction: The last five Highlanders games have been settled by seven points or fewer, with the Dunedin side winning the last three. Before this run of five games, the Highlanders had suffered consecutive defeats by over 25 points. The Hurricanes have won their opening four games for the first time in Super Rugby; the Wellington-based team is aiming to win five in a row for the first time since 2003 when they won seven on the bounce. The Highlanders have the best line-out success rate this season (91 percent), however they have thrown fewer line-outs than any other team so far this season (34). The Dunedin-based side has spent less time in possession than any other team this season, averaging just 12 minutes and 54 seconds on the ball per game. The 'Canes have the best tackling success rate this season (90 percent) and have completed more tackles on average than any other team so far in Super Rugby. The Wellington side also boasts the joint-best scrum success rate this season, winning 94 percent on their own put-in so far. All those injuries may prevent the Highlanders from ending the Hurricanes' victory run. We think the Hurricanes should take a thriller by less than 10 points.
Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 Dan Pryor, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Tom Franklin, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Brendon Edmonds.
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Leniert-Brown, 18 Pingi Tala'apitaga, 19 Mark Reddish, 20 Gareth Evans, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Jason Emery.
Hurricanes: 15 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Blade Thomson, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Motu Matu'u, 1 Reggie Goodes.
Replacements: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Ben May, 18 Chris Eves, 19 Mark Abbott, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Chris Smylie, 22 Rey Lee-Lo, 23 James Marshall.
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)
Rebels v Lions
(AAMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 19.40; 10.40 SA time; 08.40 GMT)
The Lions will make their first-ever Super Rugby appearance in Melbourne, with the only two previous clashes between these sides occurring at the famed Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
On both of those occasions it was the Lions who were victorious - recording a 37-32 victory in 2012, before triumphing 34-17 in July last year.
The Rebels have showed the more impressive form this season - with two wins in four starts, including beating the Crusaders in Week One and the Western Force last week.
Ironically both those were away wins, with both the Rebels' defeats having been at home.
The men from Johannesburg came up against a rampant Crusaders outfit last week, going down 6-34 - that after recording only their second victory on New Zealand soil the week before, when they edged the Blues.
That was also their only win of the season.
The Lions team shows 12 changes from last week, but most importantly features three flyhalves.
Jaco van der Walt will start at fullback, with Springbok Elton Jantjies, who played at No.10 the last two weeks, starting at inside centre and fellow Bok Marnitz Boshoff at flyhalf.
Lions coach Johan Ackermann said the Rebels are a vastly different side this year from the one his team beat last year.
"The major difference from Rebels teams in the past is that they always had a number of imports from abroad," the Lions mentor said, adding: "Now they are an Australian side that plays more for each other and there's more unity.
"They have already beaten the Crusaders and Western Force.
"In our analysis we realised they are playing outstanding rugby and were in the contest in all their matches and they never give up - they push you for 80 minutes.
"We will have to be on top of our game to get a result [win]."
Ackermann said they have identified one or two things in the Rebels' defence that hopefully the Lions can exploit, but it comes down to the fact that they must be more direct.
2014: Lions won 34-17, Johannesburg
2012: Lions won 37-32, Johannesburg
Prediction: The Rebels have lost their last six at home in Super Rugby, with their last three wins all coming away from home (they last won in Melbourne in Round 10 last year). The Lions, however, have lost eight of their last nine trips to Australia, with those eight defeats coming at an average margin of 24 points. The Rebels have never lost seven in a row at home. The Melbourne-based side has the worst line-out success rate this season (78 percent). However, they have won the most scrums on average this season (8.8) and only two teams have a better scrum success rate than them (92 percent). The Lions have missed fewer tackles on average this season than any team in Super Rugby (12.8) and only the Hurricanes (90 percent) can boast a better tackle success rate in 2015 than them (89 percent). Lions back row forward Warren Whiteley has made the most tackles in the competition this season (68 from 69 attempts). The Johannesburg-based outfit has averaged less than a try per game this season (0.6); the worst record of any team so far in 2015. This is a tough one to call, as it mostly depends on the mindset of the two teams - both have been blowing hot and cold. In instances like this it is not a bad bet to go with the home team - the Rebels by less than 10 points.
Rebels: 15 Jonah Placid, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Mike Harris, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Steve Cummins, 20 Colby Fainga'a, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Sefanaia Naivalu.
Lions: 15 Jaco van der Walt, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Elton Jantjies, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Robert Kruger, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Julian Redelinghuys, 19 Andries Ferreira, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Harold Vorster, 23 Andries Coetzee.
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann, Will Houston.
TMO: James Leckie
Compiled by Jan de Koning
Statistical information provided by Opta Sports
The Lions pinched a 20-16 win over the Rebels with a converted try from Lionel Mapoe two minutes from time in Melbourne on Friday.