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2014/03/22 | 17:05 |  Super Rugby | Ellis Park, Johannesburg |  Full Time
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As it happened: Lions v Reds

2014-03-22 14:21
Last Updated at 13:34

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19:02 - Thanks for tuning in.

The Reds were penalised 16 times, compared to the Lions' 4 . That was key in the game...

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19:01 - FULL-TIME: Lions 23-20 Reds.

19:01 - However, referee Berry stops the game when he calls for a Lions turnover and that's it...

18:59 - Desperate Reds launch one last attack inside the Lions 22m area... 

18:58 - CONVERSION by Boshoff. Lions 23-20 Reds after 78 minutes.

18:57 - TRY! The TMO rules that the ball was grounded on the line. Looked like he got some part of the ball on the line... Although it doesn't seem clear-cut!

18:55 - Try time? Courtnall Skosan looks to have scored, but the TMO must decide.

This will be tough call... Maybe a home town call will be given?

18:54 - TWEET

Lions fans should be blushing after some of these calls - Zelim Nel

18:54 - Another penalty. Berry is being quite harsh here...

This time the Lions opt for a lineout.

18:52 - METRES RUN is now 415 to 215 in favour of the Lions.

18:51 - ANOTHER penalty! They opt to scrum again. Five minutes left.

18:49 - The Lions, on the Reds tryline, opt for a scrum. Surely they have to score here with a two-man advantage.

18:47 - YELLOW CARD NO 2

Reds down to 13 men with No 8 Jake Schatz also off to the sin-bin.

Just too many penalties conceded by the men from Queensland.


Ross Cronjé replaces Faf de Klerk at scrumhalf.

18:45 - This game is there for the taking for the Lions. Altitude catching up with the Reds?


Replacement Albert Anae is sent off for 10 minutes after using his hands in a ruck.

Referee Berry has had enough of all the penalties conceded by the Reds.

18:41 - Reds now have a rare chance of attack inside the Lions 22m area...

But Cooper gives possession away when he over-cooks a cross kick for wing Rod Davies to chase.

18:40 - PICTURE

Franco Mostert takes a hit... (Gallo Images)

18:38 - CONVERSION by Boshoff. Lions 16-20 Reds after 66 minutes.

Only one team on the park at the moment...

18:37 - TRY! Lionel Mapoe powers his way over after a concerted period of attack. Pure strength from the centre there!

18:35 - Another scrum penalty for the Lions. Again they kick for touch.

Where's the promised yellow card Mr Ref?

18:32 - Half-way through the second half and the Lions are now dominating in the METRES RUN category, 312m to 195m...


Mark Pretorius replaces hooker Willie Wepener.

Ruan Combrinck replaces fulback Coenie van Wyk.

Stephan de Wit on for flank Jaco Kriel.

18:28 - Again, the hosts opt for a lineout instead of taking the three points.

And they mess it by conceding a penalty when scrumhalf De Klerk holds on for too long on the ground...

18:27 - Another penalty in kickable range for the Lions as the Reds go off-side. Referee Barry gives an official warning...

18:25 - Another penalty brings another attacking lineout. But this time the Reds steal the lineout ball...

Crucially, the Lions have now lost four lineouts!

18:24 - This time they opt for an attacking lineout.

18:23 - A brilliant break from scrumhalf Faf de Klerk puts the Lions right back on attack. They win another penalty when Reds centre Mike Harris goes off side.

18:22 - PENALTY by Boshoff. Lions 9-20 Reds after 52 minutes.

18:21 - Lions win a very kickable penalty after the Reds fail to roll away at a ruck. Boshoff will line up from about 30m out, almost in front.

18:20 - So far the Lions have had 59% possession in the second half...

18:19 - Reds steal another lineout and kick up-field to relieve pressure...

18:18 - A promising driving maul after a lineout puts the Lions into strike zone in the Reds 22m area, but they lose possession and the Reds clear via wing Lachie Turner.

18:15 - Out of nowhere, Boshoff opts for a drop-goal just inside his own half, but misses...


Lionel Mapoe on for centre Deon van Rensburg.

Corné Fourie on at prop for Schalk van der Merwe.

18:12 - Coenie van Wyk's kick in the in-goal area is charged down but luckily for him it goes into touch.

18:11 - An outstanding rolling kick from Cooper puts the Reds right on the Lions line... Lions throw though...

18:10 - Reds starting well, playing the game in the right side of the field.

18:09 - Welcome back. Boshoff gets the second half started...

18:07 - QUOTE

"We must show a bit better composure," says Lions coach Johan Ackermann.

18:05 - PICTURE

Reds skipper James Horwill wins a lineout ball (Gallo Images).

18:03 - METRES RUN

Lions 161

Reds 140

This shows the visitors have made more use of the chances they've got.


The Lions have made 49 tackles, 13 more then the Reds.

They have missed nine, which is three more then the Red.

17:56 - HALF-TIME: Lions 6-20 Reds 

Join us in about 10 minutes for the second half...

17:56 - Boshoff kicks the PENALTY. That's 100 Super Rugby points for him this season so far!

17:55 - Now the Lions decide to kick for goal. Wrong call in my book. Should have gone for another scrum. Reds were on the verge of getting a yellow card there!

17:54 - Official warning now for the Reds who are not binding correctly at scrum time...

17:52 - Another Lions penalty at scrum time. They opt against kicking for goal. Another scrum!

17:51 - But the hosts get a free kick from the ensuing scrum. One more attacking chance just before the break!

17:50 - Brilliant defence from the Reds sees them turn over possession...

17:49 - Another scrum penalty from the Lions sees Boshoff kick it way up-field to give the Lions an attacking lineout on the Reds 22m line.

17:48 - Reds now looking to turn it on. Lions seem to be just hanging on here... A Reds forward pass gives the Lions some reprieve in their own half.

17:45 - CONVERSION by Cooper. Lions 3-20 Reds after 33 minutes.

17:44 - TRY! Cooper dummies beautifully and runs in between the two Lions centres to score under the posts, rounding off after a concerted period of attack by the visitors.


Lions 3

Reds 3

17:42 - TWEET

Refs' talk about policing off-sides is just that - TALK. Reds backs constantly ahead of hindmost foot - outside guys way ahead - Dan Retief

17:40 - Cooper guilty of not finding touch but then Watermeyer makes the mistake of kicking directly into touch...

17:40 - Boshoff creates space and puts Van Rensburg away with the latter sprinting inside the Reds half only to concede a penalty for holding on when tackle...

17:39 - But a better Reds scrum gives Genia the chance to clear up-field and put the pressure back on the home side.

17:37 - But the chance goes begging as Watermeyer knocks it on out wide. Reds scrum coming up.

However, the Lions have done well at scrums so far, so will fancy themselves still here...

17:36 - The Lions get a rare attacking opportunity close to the Reds 22m line...

17:33 - Reds have had 60% of territory so far this match.

The Lions have made 27 tackles compared to the Reds' 18.

17:27 - PENALTY converted by Cooper from in front. Lions 3-13 Reds after 16 minutes.

17:23 - TRY! Shipperley scores with his first touch. However, the referee (Berry) wants to look for a possible earlier knock on by Horwill.

The TMO and referee rule that Horwill had knocked the ball on in contact. Interesting, as replays show the Lions player had knocked the ball out of Horwill's hands but the Reds skipper also then knocked it on...

NO TRY!, but Berry goes back for a penalty as he said the Lions contested illegally at the ruck.


Dom Shipperley on for fullback Aidan Toua.

17:21 - Boshoff coolly slots the PENALTY. Lions 3-10 Reds after 14 minutes.

17:20 - Referee Stuart Berry penalises the Reds scrum for going down. Boshoff will line up from close to the touchline, midway into the Reds half...

17:17 - Franco van der Merwe, meanwhile, has left he field after that ankle injury. Luvuyiso Lusaseni is on.


Lions 885kg

Reds 883kg

17:15 - Reds back on the attack inside the Lions 22m area but fullback Aidan Toua knocks it on after a good tackle from Courtnall Skosan.

Toua receives some attention to the chest area as well...

17:13 - Cooper CONVERTS about 20m from touch. Lions 0-10 Reds after 7 minutes.

17:12 - TRY! Cooper scores for the Reds after they pounce on a loose ball. Lions wing JW Jonker fumbled the ball inside his own 22m area...

17:10 - Lions lock Franco van der Merwe is down. Looks like an ankle injury.

17:09 - PENALTY by Cooper.

Lions 0-3 Reds after 3 minutes.

17:08 - Lions prop Schalk van der Merwe caught off-side. Cooper lines up from almost in front, just outside the Lions 22m area...

17:07 - An early penalty advantage for the Reds as they attack on the the Lions 22m area...

17:06 - Quade Cooper gets the game underway...

17:04 - Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshof needs six points to be the first person to reach 100 points in this season's Super Rugby competition.

17:03 - James Horwill lead the Reds, clad in all-white, on to the pitch.

17:01 - Again, not a big crowd at Ellis Park. The Lions deserve more than this after the start they've had this season!


Lovely weather for rugby. No rain, no real strong breeze. 22 Degree Celsius.

16:54 - QUOTE

"The Reds might take it. They've just got a little bit more experience," says in-studio SuperSport commentator Nick Mallett.

16:51 - TWEET

Marnitz Boshoff could be key for Lions if Reds continue trend of conceding the most penalties, free kicks per match (an average of 14.5) - South African Rugby

16:48 - The Reds have been given a 3 point win by bookies - and that's also what I've gone for.

On paper, this Reds team laden with Wallabies should be too strong, but I've got a few Lions games wrong this season already...


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Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Francois de Bruin (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)


2012: Reds won 34-20, Brisbane
2011: Reds won 30-25, Johannesburg
2010: Reds won 41-26, Johannesburg
2009: Lions won 31-20, Brisbane
2008: Lions and Reds drew 24-24, Johannesburg
2007: Lions won 26-20, Brisbane



15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 JW Jonker, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Willie Britz, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Schalk van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Mark Pretorius, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 20 Stephan de Wit, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Ruan Combrinck.


15 Aidan Toua, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Beau Robinson, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Anthony Fainga'a, 23 Dom Shipperley

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Super Rugby match between the Lions and Reds at Ellis Park in Johannesburg!

  • 80'


  • 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'

    Yet another penalty, yet another warning for Horwill. The Lions again going for the corner rather than the points.

  • 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'


  • 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'


  • 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'


  • 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'


  • 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.

  • 0'

    We're underway here in Johannesburg, Cooper kicks off for the Reds!

  • 0'

    Boshoff's goal-kicking at 93%, best in the competition – and he has already slotted six drop goals, which is most in 2014.

  • 0'

    Marnitz Boshoff could be key for Lions if Reds continue trend of conceding the most penalties, free kicks per match (an average of 14.5)

  • 0'

    The visitors to Ellis Park arrive armed with Wallabies half-backs Will Genia and Quade Cooper, as well as skipper James Horwill.

  • 0'

    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.

  • 0'

    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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Lions Reds
  • 2 Tries 2
    • 65' Lionel Mapoe
    • 77' Courtnall Skosan
    • 5' Quade Cooper
    • 31' Quade Cooper
  • 2 Conversions 2
    • 66' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 78' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 6' Quade Cooper
    • 32' Quade Cooper
  • 3 Penalties 2
    • 13' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 40' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 52' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 2' Quade Cooper
    • 16' Quade Cooper
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 2
    • 73' Jake Schatz
    • 70' James Hanson
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Schalk van der Merwe
  • Willie Wepener
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Franco Mostert
  • Franco van der Merwe
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Willie Britz
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Marnitz Boshoff
  • Courtnall Skosan
  • Stefan Watermeyer
  • Deon van Rensburg
  • JW Jonker
  • Coenie van Wyk
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  • James Slipper
  • Saia Fainga'a
  • Greg Holmes
  • Rob Simmons
  • James Horwill
  • Ed Quirk
  • Liam Gill
  • Jake Schatz
  • Will Genia
  • Quade Cooper
  • Lachie Turner
  • Mike Harris
  • Ben Tapuai
  • Rod Davies
  • Aidan Toua
  • Mark Pretorius
  • Corne Fourie
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Luvuyiso Lusaseni
  • Stephan de Wit
  • Ross Cronje
  • Lionel Mapoe
  • Ruan Combrinck
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  • James Hanson
  • Albert Anae
  • Jono Owen
  • Ed O'Donoghue
  • Beau Robinson
  • Nick Frisby
  • Anthony Fainga'a
  • Dom Shipperley

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