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MAN OF THE MATCH
Damien de Allende is the man of the match. His try saving tackle at the death might have won him the award although he put in hard work all day, on attack and defence!
STORMERS REMAIN UNBEATEN
The Stormers remain top of the South African conference with their third win of the season.
They only took the lead in the 76th minute.
What a game of rugby, ladies and gents - well done to both teams here at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg! #LIOvSTO #SSRugby #rugby— DHL STORMERS (@THESTORMERS) February 28, 2015
What a game of rugby, ladies and gents - well done to both teams here at Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg! #LIOvSTO #SSRugby #rugby
FULL TIME AT EMIRATES AIRLINE PARK
LIONS 19 - 22 STORMERS
76' - TRY to the Stormers! They finally take a lineout, followed by a monster maul. Kolisi crashes over from the back of the maul. Coleman converts. The Stormers lead for the first time tonight.
65' - Catrakilis succeeds with a difficult kick at the limit of his range.
LIONS 19 - 15 STORMERS
52' - Jantjies has no problem with the distance! Through the middle!
LIONS 19 - 12 STORMERS
45' - PENALTY to the Stormers as the Lions are caught offside. Catrakilis makes no mistake from straight in front.
LIONS 16 - 12 STORMERS
42' - Jantjies makes no mistake, a perfect start to the half for the home side.
LIONS 16 - 9 STORMERS
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
Catrakilis kicks off, the Stormers are playing from left to right.
40' - Jantjies makes no mistake and the Lions lead at half-time.
LIONS 13 - 9 STORMERS
38' - Again Catrakilis makes no mistake and the Stormers have worked their way back into the game.
LIONS 10 - 9 STORMERS
34' - Catrakilis eases the ball between the uprights.
LIONS 10 - 6 STORMERS
The Lions take the ball through several phases inside the Stormers' 22! The ball comes out to Jaco van der Walt, who tries to land a drop goal but his effort is off target!
The Lions are back inside the Stormers' 22! They take the ball through an incredible 25 phases and the visitors then go offside on defence. The Lions spread the ball wide and Howard Mnisi is in the clear but loses the ball after a great tackle from De Allende! The referee award the penalty to the hosts and they opt to run the ball again and after several more phases Mnisi, again, knocks on! That's the final act of the game and the visitors have sneaked in through the back door! The Lions are out on their feet but only have themselves to blame for kicking at goal to secure the draw.
Lions 19 Stormers 22
CONVERSION, STORMERS, COLEMAN! 19-22. Coleman holds his nerve and lands the two-pointer from close to the touchline!
TRY, STORMERS, KOLISI! 19-20. The Stormers launch a drive from the line-out and when Siya Kolisi spots an opening, close to the try-line, he barges over to give his side the lead for the first time!
The Lions are pinged for offside play on defence. Kurt Coleman kicks for touch and puts the ball out deep inside the Lions' 22.
The Lions are awarded a tap penalty when the Stormers push early at a scrum, close to the halfway mark. Jantjies launches an up-and-under which Vermeulen gathers brilliantly despite the attentions of several chasers!
The Stormers' front row is pinged for illegal scrummaging on the Lions' 10-metre line. Combrinck steps up to take a shot at goal! There's no problem with the distance but it's off target.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 19-15. Catrakilis lands a kick from close to 50 metres on the angle! This after Dreyer is pinged a gain for illegal scrummaging.
Catrakilis launches a bomb and Sampie does well initially, to gather despite great pressure from several chasers. He then goes to ground but knocks on in the process.
Ruan Dreyer is penalised for illegal scrummaging. Catrakilis puts the penalty out on the Lions' 10-metre line.
The Lions take the ball through the phases, close to the Stormers' 22 but lose possession when Armand van der Merwe knocks on.
Kolbe gathers a kick from Jantjies inside his 22 and puts the ball out five metres from the Lions' 10-metre line.
Kriel breaks from the back of a line-out and beats a couple of defenders but is stopped in his tracks by Catrakilis.
PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES. 19-12. Jantjies lands a monster kick, from about 48 metres out, after Ruan Botha is pinged for a shoulder charge on Andries Coetzee.
The Stormers lose line-out possession, on their own throw, inside the Lions' 22. The Lions regather and recycle quickly and the ball comes out to Combrinck. He kicks for touch and puts the ball out close to the halfway line.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 16-12. Catrakilis makes no mistake from the kicking tee, after Mapoe strays offside on defence.
The Stormers string eight phases together and are soon inside the Lions' 22. They lose possession, however, when Jaco Kriel wins a crucial turnover!
PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES. 16-9. Jantjies starts the second half the way he finished off the opening period, with another penalty after Cheslin Kolbe holds onto the ball on the ground.
Catrakilis gets the second half started. His kick is gathered by Ruan Combrinck who takes the ball into contact inside his 22.
PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES. 13-9. Jantjies slots his second three-pointer, on the stroke of half-time, after Koch is pinged for illegal scrummaging. That's the final act of the half and the sides head into the sheds. There's still plenty to play for but the Lions will welcome that late score as they went off the boil during the latter part of the half. The Stormers have fought back well and this game is still far from being decided.
Lions 13 Stormers 9
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 10-9. Catrakilis makes it a one-point game, with another well-taken place kick, after the Lions pack are blown up for illegal scrummaging.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 10-6. Catrakilis adds another three-pointer after Jantjies is penalised for obstructive running.
The Lions attack close to the Stormers' 22 but lose possession when Mapoe knocks on. The Stormers spread the ball wide to their backs and De Allende kicks upfield. Faf de Klerk drops back and gathers close to his try-line before putting the ball into touch on his 10-metre line.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 10-3. The Stormers eventually opt to kick at posts, when one of the Lions, goes offside on defence, and Demetri Catrakilis adds the three-pointer!
The Stormers are still camped deep inside the Lions' 22 but they can't breach the home side's defence!
TRY, STORMERS, GROOM! 10-5. The Stormers attack from a scrum on the five-metre line and De Allende and Duane Vermeulen are both stopped just short! Nic Groom then has a dart and crashes over but after checking with the TMO, referee Andrew Lees rules that he too was short!
The Stormers are hammering away at the Lions' try-line and Carr, Damian de Allende and De Jongh are all prominent with ball in hand! The ball is recycled and Steven Kitshoff has a crack at the line but is held up by Robbie Coetzee and Tecklenburg.
The Stormers take the ball through several phases and are soon close to the Lions' 22. Juan de Jongh carries well but goes to ground after a big hit from Lionel Mapoe.
The Lions try to attack close to their 10-metre line but lose possession when Schalk van der Merwe knocks on.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES. 10-0. Jantjies adds the extras to extend the home side's lead.
TRY, LIONS, TECKLENBURG! 8-0. The Lions rumble it up with their forwards and are soon inside the Stormers' 22. Warwick Tecklenburg spots a gap at a ruck and barges over from close quarters!
Leyds is pinged for not releasing the ball on the ground. Jantjies kicks for touch and puts the ball out inside the Stormers' 22.
The Stormers take the ball through the phases, just outside the Lions' 22 but lose possession when Carr knocks on.
The Lions are awarded a tap penalty when the Stormers engage too early at a scrum. Warren Whiteley plays quickly and charges into Catrakilis!
Vincent Koch is penalised for illegal scrummaging. Jantjies puts the resulting penalty into touch close to the Stormers' 10-metre line.
PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES. 3-0. Elton Jantjies opens the scoring with a well-struck penalty, after Michael Rhodes is pinged for a ruck infringement.
Ruan Botha fails to gather the ball at the line-out and Franco Mostert pounces on the loose ball before setting off on a blistering run! He is eventually brought to ground by Nizaam Carr.
And we're off! Elton Jantjies gets the game underway. His kick is gathered by Dillyn Leyds who goes to ground inside his 22. The Stormers are immediately awarded a penalty when Harold Vorster plays the ball on the ground. Demetri Catrakilis puts the resulting penalty out on his 10-metre line.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby hit out between two South African adversaries, our hosts the Lions and the Stormers. Don't go away! We'll be back soon with team news.
Lions boss ohan Ackermann has made some changes to his starting line-up. In the forwards, Schalk van der Merwe, Robbie Coetzee and Julian Redelinghuys all start while Jaco Kriel returns from his minor groin injury at flank. Meanwhile, in the backline, Faf de Klerk has been named at scrum-half with Elton Jantjies partnering with him at fly-half with Marnitz Boshoff dropping out of the matchday squad. Sampie Mastriet will play his first Super Rugby game for the Lions as he runs out at left wing while Harold Vorster will also celebrate his first Super Rugby start at centre. Most notably on the bench, Jaco van der Walt has been called up to cover the fly-half position. He too will make his Super Rugby debut should he run on.
Forwards Bongi Mbonambi and Nizaam Carr have been named in the Stormers starting XV for this match. Mbonambi will make his first start for the Stormers in a rotational change at hooker, with Scarra Ntubeni reverting to the bench, whilst Springbok loose forward Carr comes in for the injured Rynhardt Elstadt in the number six jersey. In other team news, meanwhile, Springbok tighthead prop Frans Malherbe has been named on the bench following his recovery from a long-term leg injury and fit-again Argentine lock Manuel Carizza is back in the selection mix too after nursing a shoulder injury.
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