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Super Rugby | Ellis Park
12:30 (GMT) | 29-07-2017
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From the scum, Lions secure the ball and kick it to touch! And that is all the action for the semi final! Full-time at Johannesburg 44-29 to the Lions.
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Hurricanes put on the last attack, a great break by Aso got them inside the Lions' 22 but Milner-Skudders lost it forward.
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Lions still have possession and a huge hit on Elton Jantjies by Ardie Savea sends the Ellis Park faithful into a frenzy.
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Lions have possession just inside the Hurricanes' half. They shift the ball out wide, but Combrink is tackled on the halfway mark!
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Hurricanes have a scrum inside their own 22. And Perenara gives a pass to Barrett, who fails to make metres. They put on some passes inside their own 22, but an interception Armand van der Merwe sends Albertus Smith over for the try!
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B Barrett makes his way back on the field. And the Lions have a scrum inside the Hurricanes 10. The ball is collected and a long ball to Kwagga Smith sets up a possible attack, however, Kriel just lost it forward.
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Jantjies adds the extras!
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Lions demolish Hurricanes' scrum and have a penalty advantage. Rohan Janse van Rensburg makes his way down the touchline and pass it to the inside. The Lions are in the five and finally, Janjies breaks and go over the line. After TMO's studied the footage, Peyper awards the try!
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Lions have possession and build some solid phases just outside 22. Milner-Skudder shoots out for the interception but fails to collect it, it's a scrum just outside the Hurricanes 22.
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Jantjies kicks deep in the Hurricanes' half, and Jordie Barratt's return kick goes straight to touch. Lions have a line-out just outside the Hurricanes' 22.
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Hurricanes have a line-out on the Lions' 10. They build some phases and win a penalty just outside the Lions' 10. Coles points to the sticks. Jordie Barrett pushes it wide from 40 metre out!
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Jantjies adds the extras!
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Lions have the advantage for a high tackle, Thye build some phases, Kwagga SMith makes some metres inside the Hurricanes' 22. The inside pass finds Harold Vonster who breaks through for the five points!
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Jantjies opt to kick to post and narrow the deficit!
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Great line-break by Combrink but he is halted. The side unable to take a quick tap-and-go due to B Barret, and the flyhalf is given a card
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Jordie Barrett adds the extras!
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Hurricanes ripped the ball and have possession inside the Lions' 22. Ardie Savea tries to bulldoze his way through the defence but is force to pass it wide. Some sleek passes near the touch send Aso over the try!
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Jantjies fails to add the extras and it's deadlocked at 22-all
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Hurricanes chip it over the top and its collected by LIons who set up a counter attack from the halfway mark. Lions win a penalty and opt for the line-out on the five, a driving maul gets Marx over in the corner!
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Hurricanes have the kline-out and Coles pops it to Perenara. B Barrett's clearance kick failed to reach the touch and Skosan counter. Jantjies collects the pass and hoist it up however its returned, this time COmbrink hits downfield for a line-out just outside the Hurricanes' 22
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Ruan Ackermann wins the penalty on the halfway mark. Jantjies opt to kick to touch and they have a line-out. The ball is shifted wide but hard work by Shields ensure the Hurricanes win a penalty inside their own 5
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Jantjies adds the extras!
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Lions secure possession and a great break by Rohan Ackermann gets the side in the redzone, Kwagga Smith with a pickup and drive gets the side close, but Cronje sneaks over the try!
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Lions have a line-out on the halfway mark and Perenara caught offside, hands Lions a penalty. The hosts opt for touch and have a line-out on Hurricanes' 22.
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Hurricanes have the early line-out! They move the ball to the inside, B Barrett just overcooks his kick and its line-out for the Lions inside their own half. The secure the line-out and Combrink clears!
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Beauden Barrett gets the second half underway!

Half Time

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From the restart, Cronje collects the ball and kicks it to touch! Hurricanes take a 22-10 lead at halftime!
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Jantjies adds the extras!!
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Lions opt again for touch and have possession. They built some pressure and after three phases prop Van Rooyen powers over the line.
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Lions win the line-out and have possession inside the Hurricanes' 22. They are on the attack, the ball is shifted wide and Jantjies drifts wide but he is held up. The red returns for the penalty at the line-out!
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Hurricanes have a line-out on the Lions' 10. Ball is move to the middle, but great work by Jaco Kriel at the breakdown wins his side a penalty. Jantjies kick to touch for a line-out on the Hurricanes' 22
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Hurricanes are simply the better team on the field. Again they have possession and put together amazing passes inside the Lions'22, however, Coles fails to keep the ball in hand. Lions opt to kick it downfield!
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B Barrett slots over the easy kick!
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After some passes by the Lions on the 50 metre mark, Ardie Savea pounced on the loose ball, he rounds one defender and dives under the posts.
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Coles feeds the line-out and the ball is shifted to the inside of the park. Great interchanging play by Hurricanes, however, the last pass just went forward! It's a Lions' scrum on the 10
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Lions win the line-out and way ward passes inside their own 22 gets them into trouble, however, Perenara's loop pass goes to touch. Lions survive for now!
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Hurricanes won the uncontested line-out! Coles tries to punch his way over the line, but Lions' defence keeps him out. The ball is shifted wide but Jordie Barratt is tackled to touch!
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Again Lions concede a penalty just outside their 22. This time for a deliberate knock-on by Harold Vorster. Hurricanes opt for the touch and have a line-out.
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Lions have a defensive scrum inside their 22. Cronje with a break, but defence halts him. The ball is kicked downfield but Milner-Skudders gears up for a counter attack.
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The Hurricanes steal the line-out. Ardie Savea makes some metres and they break into the Lions' 22. Aso gives an offload to Milner-Skudder on the five, but ref ruled it went forward.
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Hurricanes have a scrum on their own 10 metre. Scrum is solid. Thomas Perenara feeds it to Barrett who pass it to Goosen, some great play by Hurricanes near the touch get them inside the Lions' 5. They win a penalty and opt to kick to post, Jordie Barrett slots it over!
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Lions have possession on the halfway mark. They build some phases but it looks scrappy. Finally, they break into the Hurricanes' half. Cronje switches directions but it's lost forward by Kwagga Smith!
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Lions secure the line-out, after a possible break by Cronje, Jantjies is forced to clear the ball from behind his try-line. Ball is returned and Lions have a line-out on their 10.
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The Hurricanes have a scrum just outside the Lions 10. Thomas Perenara fees the scrum and retains the ball, he chips it over the ruck but Janjties is at the back to cover, it's a line-out on the Lions' 22!
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Jordie Barrett adds the extras, 12-3
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Hurricanes forcing the Lions to make mistakes! Again the Lions concede the and this time they opt for a line-out. They have possession and a perfect pass from B Barrett gives Goosen a perfect rout over the try line
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From the restart, B Barrett's kick fails to reach 10 and its a scrum. Lions have possession but the ball is lost forward and Thomas Perenara kicks loose ball, he chases the grubber and scores!
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Franco Mostert wins a penalty, Hurricanes already found themselves in trouble with Peyper. Lions opt to kick to posts and Jantjies slots it over from just outside the 22.
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The first scrum of the match goes to Lions on the halfway mark. Ross Cronje feeds the scrum and the Lions have possession, the scrumhalf pops it to Jantjies but the flyhalf gets halted!
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Some early kicks exchange by Jordie Barret and Elton Jantjies!
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Elton Jantjies gets the game underway deep inside the Hurricanes' half!
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Sea of red welcomes the players!! Perfect introduction from the home crowd!
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The referee for the match is Jaco Peyper (South Africa). The assistant referees are Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa) and Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), while the man in the box is Marius Jonker (South Africa)
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Jaco Kriel will lead an unchanged team into battle while the Hurricanes have made two changes. Dane Coles takes the captain's armband while Vince Aso's return in the middle reshuffled the backline. Jordie Barrett moves to fullback, while Nehe Miilner-Skudders shifts to the right wing and Wes Goosen dons the No.11 jersey.
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This is the Hurricanes' first ever Finals game in South Africa, where they've won four of their last five games (including two wins against the Lions). Furthermore, after returning for the Hurricanes last week for the first time since Round Four, Dane Coles is now set to line up for his 100th Super Rugby game
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The Lions will be looking to become just the second South African team in Super Rugby history to appear in back-to-back finals after the Bulls did so in 2009 and 2010. However, Lions coach Johan Ackermann understands the daunting task ahead, despite home ground advantage
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This will be the first meeting between these teams since the Hurricanes won the 2016 trophy after beating the Lions 20-3 in last year's final; overall, the Wellington squad have won all but one of their previous 11 games against the Lions.
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Welcome the second semifinal match at Ellis Park in Johannesburg where the Lions will host the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby semifinal.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Jacques van Rooyen
  • 2 Malcolm Marx
  • 3 Ruan Dreyer
  • 4 Andries Ferreira
  • 5 Franco Mostert
  • 6 Jaco Kriel
  • 7 Albertus Smith
  • 8 Ruan Ackermann
  • 9 Ross Cronje
  • 10 Elton Jantjies
  • 11 Courtnall Skosan
  • 12 Harold Vorster
  • 13 Lionel Mapoe
  • 14 Ruan Combrinck
  • 15 Andries Coetzee
RESERVES
  • 16 Armand van der Merwe
  • 17 Corne Fourie
  • 18 Johannes Jonker
  • 19 Lourens Erasmus
  • 20 Cyle Brink
  • 21 Francois de Klerk
  • 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  • 23 Sylvian Mahuza
START LINE UP
  • 1 Ben May
  • 2 Dane Coles
  • 3 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen
  • 4 Mark Abbott
  • 5 Sam Lousi
  • 6 Vaea Fifita
  • 7 Ardie Savea
  • 8 Brad Shields
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Wes Goosen
  • 12 Ngani Laumape
  • 13 Vince Tavae –Aso
  • 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder
  • 15 Jordie Barrett
RESERVES
  • 16 Ricky Riccitelli
  • 17 Chris Eves
  • 18 Loni Uhila
  • 19 Reed Prinsep
  • 20 Callum Gibbins
  • 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi
  • 22 Otere Black
  • 23 Julian Savea
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Preview: Lions v Hurricanes

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:02

SUPER RUGBY SEMIFINAL: Just send the points now. Don't bother to pitch up, because you are just not good enough.

That is the theme of the anti-Lions brigade's whining this week.

They base their argument on a few points:
1. The Lions have not played any New Zealand teams this year and will not cope with the Hurricanes' intensity.
2. Flyhalf Elton Jantjies don't have the mental aptitude to cope with big games.
3. The Hurricanes - the only team to beat the Crusaders this year - is simply a class above.

Whether those are factual or fictional will only be revealed on Saturday.

As the Lions said repeatedly this week. They can only take care of their own game, take care of what they must do and ignore the sideshows.

Lions attack coach Swys de Bruin admitted they have made "one or two adjustments" to their game, as they look to cope with the Hurricanes' pressure game.

"We believe that [the tweaks] will work," De Bruin told rugby365.

"I can't tell you much more, because [Hurricanes assistant coach and former Sharks mentor] John Plumtree still understands a bit of Afrikaans," the Lions' attack coach quipped.

Plumtree and De Bruin are very familiar with each other.

"I was with him in Durban for about five years," De Bruin said, adding: "I was the High Performance coach at the [Sharks] academy.

"I know him very well and I often listened to him and watched him.

"He will certainly put pressure on the rucks and the defensive lines - that is how they [the Hurricanes] play."

Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd said he was not sure if the Lions' lack of New Zealand opposition this year would indeed be a factor.

He said the one certainty is that it would be a free-flowing and entertaining game.

"I think there's going to be some tired legs at the end of 80 minutes," Boyd said.

"If they [the Lions] continue to play with optimism - which we applaud - and we will most certainly be doing the same, I think it will be hard and fast."

Lions coach Johan Ackermann echoed similar sentiments.

He felt both teams will look to play and 'exciting' brand of rugby.

"It is important for us to look after our own game and keep up with the intensity the Hurricanes bring," Ackermann said.

"We will need to lift our game if we want to compete with one of the best teams - if not the best - in the competition."

The Lions may be the most expansive of all the South African teams, by they have retained a physical edge.

"They run hard with the ball, so we going to have to deal with a physical onslaught," Boyd said.

Recent results:
2016: Hurricanes won 20-3, Wellington (Final)
2016: Hurricanes won 50-17, Johannesburg
2015: Hurricanes won 22-8, Johannesburg
2012: Hurricanes won 30-28, Johannesburg
2011: Hurricanes won 38-27, Wellington
2010: Hurricanes won 33-18, Wellington
2009: Hurricanes won 38-32, Johannesburg
2008: Hurricanes won 38-12, Wellington
2007: Lions won 30-7, Johannesburg
2006: Hurricanes won 29-16, Wellington

Prediction: This will be the first meeting between these teams since the Hurricanes won the 2016 trophy after beating the Lions 20-3 in last year's final; overall, the Wellington squad have won all but one of their previous 11 games against the Lions. The Lions will be looking to become just the second South African team in Super Rugby history to appear in back-to-back finals after the Bulls did so in 2009 and 2010. This will be the Hurricanes' first ever Finals game in South Africa, where they've won four of their last five games (including two wins against the Lions). The Hurricanes (39) and Lions (38) average the most points scored per game of any teams in the competition so far this season, while each has also conceded a league-low 18 points per game. After returning for the Hurricanes last week for the first time since Round Four, Dane Coles is now set to line up for his 100th Super Rugby game. Franco Mostert has stolen 14 line-outs so far this season, six more than any other player and 11 more than Hurricanes' best Vaea Fifita and Brad Shields (three each). The bookmakers have installed the Hurricanes favourites, although their margin is only a penalty. Their margin might not be that far off, but we have sneaking suspicion the Lions will sneak this - by five points or less.

Teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Ben May.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Reed Prinsep, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Julian Savea.

Date: Saturday, July 29
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 14.30 (12.30 GMT; 00.30, Sunday, July 30, NZ time)
Expected weather: Pleasant day, with plenty of sunshine. High of  20°C and a low of 6°C
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports & sportguru.info

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Lions power into Super Rugby Final

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 12:00

MATCH REPORT: The Lions fought back from 3-22 down to beat the Hurricanes 44-29 in their Super Rugby semifinal at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The Lions host another New Zealand outfit, record seven-time champions Crusaders, in the final next Saturday, seeking their second title in the competition.

But some gloss was taken off the victory by the controversial yellow-carding of Hurricanes flyhalf and 2016 Rugby Player of the Year Beauden Barrett at a key stage of the semifinal.

While All Blacks playmaker Barrett sat in the "sin bin", the South Africans scored two tries and transformed a seven-point deficit into a 39-29 lead at Ellis Park stadium.

South African referee Jaco Peyper judged that after making a tackle, Barrett correctly rolled away, but illegally dragged the ball with him.

However, big-screen replays suggested Barrett accidentally pulled the ball away and was not guilty of a cynical foul.

The incident could heighten calls for neutral match officials in the closing stages of an annual competition involving Argentine, Australian, Japanese, New Zealand and South African franchises.

By the time Barrett returned, the defending champions were on the back foot and an intercept try by Lions flank Albertus Smith completed a particularly pleasing success.

Lions lost the 2016 final to Hurricanes in Wellington, their 10th defeat by the New Zealand outfit in 11 meetings, including a 17-50 drubbing at Ellis Park last season.

"I am the proud leader of a wise and fearless team," boasted Lions skipper and flank Jaco Kriel, deputising for injured Warren Whiteley, who will also miss the final.

"They displayed tremendous character to win after trailing by 19 points. We got a half-time rev from the coach [Johan Ackermann] and dug deep in the second half to succeed."  

Hurricanes skipper and hooker Dane Coles, making his 100th Super Rugby appearance, admitted that the Lions were impossible to stop in the second half.

"They developed momentum that blew us away and the better team won. The Lions have improved greatly since losing to us in the final last year," said the All Black.

Hurricanes built the 22-10 half-time advantage through clinical punishment of wayward passes as the Lions committed unforced errors under pressure.  

Tries just before and after half-time from prop Jacques van Rooyen and and scrumhalf Ross Cronje turned the tide. 

As the stamina-sapping effects of the altitude gradually told on the defending champions, defence gaps appeared and the Lions took full advantage. 

Driving mauls proved an especially profitable tactic, leading to several tries, and lock Franco Mostert was outstanding for the Lions in the set-pieces and loose exchanges. 

Van Rooyen, Cronje, hooker Malcolm Marx, centre Harold Vorster, flyhalf Elton Jantjies and Smith were the Lions' try scorers.

Jantjies, back in form after a disastrous goal-kicking display in a close quarterfinal win over fellow South Africans Sharks, slotted four conversions and two penalties.

Scrumhalf Thomas Perenara, South Africa-born wing Wes Goosen, flank Ardie Savea and centre Ngani Laumape scores tries for Hurricanes.

The Barrett brothers shared the goal-kicking with full-back Jordie kicking two conversions and a penalty and Beauden one conversion.

Man of the match: The Barrett brother dominated play in the first half, but were quiet in the second 40 minutes. Malcolm Marx and Ross Cronje had powerful games for the Lions, while Ruan Akermann was outstanding in the second half. However, the award goes to Lions lock Francois Mostert for his work rate across the park and his magnifencent display in the line-outs. 

The scorers:

For Lions:
Tries: Van Rooyen, Cronje, Marx, Vorster, Jantjies, Smith
Cons: Jantjies 4
Pens: Jantjies 2

For Hurricanes:
Tries: Perenara, Goosen, Savea, Laumape
Cons: J Barrett 2, B Barrett 
Pen: J Barrett

Yellow card: Beauden Barrett (Hurricanes, 58 - cynical play, playing the ball on the ground)

Teams:

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Albertus Smith, 6 Jaco Kriel (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.
Replacements: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

Hurricanes: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Brad Shields, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jeffery To’omaga-Allen, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Ben May.
Replacements: 16 Ricky Riccitelli, 17 Chris Eves, 18 Loni Uhila, 19 Reed Prinsep, 20 Callum Gibbins, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Otere Black, 23 Julian Savea.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)

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Jacques van Rooyen (38min), Ross Cronje (44min), Malcolm Marx (52min), Harold Vorster (61min), Elton Jantjies (69min), and Albertus Smith (73min)
TRIES
TJ Perenara (7min), Wes Goosen (10min), Ardie Savea (30min), and Ngani Laumape (55min)
Elton Jantjies (39min), Elton Jantjies (45min), Elton Jantjies (63min), and Elton Jantjies (70min)
CONVERSIONS
Jordie Barrett (11min), Beauden Barrett (31min), and Jordie Barrett (57min)
Elton Jantjies (4min) and Elton Jantjies (59min)
PENALTIES
Jordie Barrett (19min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Beauden Barrett (58min)
 
 
VENUE Ellis Park
REFEREE Jaco Peyper (South Africa)