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2014/02/22 | 19:10 |  Super Rugby | Ellis Park, Johannesburg |  Full Time
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As it happened: Lions v Stormers

2014-02-22 18:51
Last Updated at 17:23

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Commentary by Sport24's Garrin Lambley

21:04 - In next weekend's action, the Stormers welcome the Hurricanes to Newlands (Friday, February 28 at 19:10), while the Lions make the journey to Loftus Versfeld to face the winless Bulls (Saturday, March 1 at 17:05) 

21:02 - And it's back to the drawing board for the Stormers who were utterly hopeless this evening.

The Lions on the contrary are celebrating consecututive Super Rugby victories - and look to be SA Conference contenders!


21:01 - Boshoff raises the flags once again as he puts the final nail into the Stormers' coffin

21:00 - The sands of time are seconds away from running out for the Stormers who remain scoreless in the second half

20:56 - QUESTION?

When last did the Lions win consecutive Super Rugby matches?

Answers on a post card - or to

20:55 - TWEET

Watching Lions demolish Stormers reminds one to never judge a team at this level by names. All teams are good. Well done Lions!! - Ollie le Roux

20:54 - PICTURE

Surely the man of the match? - Gallo Images

20:51 - TWEET

Gonna be a long season for the Stormers fans with this klap! - Pat Symcox

Not sure I can remember a more abject performance from Storm ... But Boshoof has bossed a game dominated by a fired up and good Lions team - Front Row Grunt

20:50 - Can you Adam and Eve it, Boshoff pushes the Lions' score to 31 - and his own personal tally to 26 - with his fifth penalty, to go along with three drop goals and a conversion.

20:49 - Boshoff will have yet another shot at goal after referee Peyper awards the home side another penalty.

Interestingly, no warning for the Stormers - or yellow card...

20:47 - TWEET

Remember that was with 14 on the field as well. Stormers couldnt score for second yellow card running - Brenden Nel

14 Leeus lyk beter as 15 Stormers. En die Leeus is die span sonder 'n truiborg! - Stephen Nell

20:45 - That could be it for the Stormers who have looked woeful at times this evening.

12 minutes for the Stormers to come up with a miracle - and the Lions to survive

20:45 - And with only 14 men on the field, Lions flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff lands his THIRD DROP GOAL of the match!


No you are right. Stormers battle to score tries and I blame it on the coaches! They are absolutely useless and way past their sell by date! Newlands is well known for greatest fan support with mostly full stadiums. Maybe time has come for fans to boycott Newlands so it is felt financially till coach replaced - Jenni


Die stormers se game is baie swak - Dirk

20:38 - And that pretty much sums up the Stormers' evening

Intercept king Jean de Villiers fails to hold onto one of his "easier" chances - and knocks on

20:36 - TWEET

The Lions aren't just effective, they're fun to watch. Lekker energy out there with a nothing-to-lose attitude. - Clinton van der Berg

Lionsdefence to be admired,no big names but SuperGees,Stormers lack a lot of creativity,can't even score vs 14,big worry,25-10 Lions,58 min - Breyton Paulse

Stormers look very much like Bulls tonight. One direction, no width or flair. - Brenden Nel

20:34 - Is it too early to raise the age-old questions regarding the Stormers' inability to score tries?

Let us know at

20:34 - TWEET

I don't agree with Stormers kicking for touch. Could still work for them but not at the moment. - Stefan Terblanche

20:33 - Commendable defence by the Lions, but how long can they hold on for... ?

20:30 - Another YELLOW CARD for the Lions, just as lock Franco Mostert returns to the fray

This time the offender is prop Julian Redelinghuys

20:27 - And they'll be smiling even wider now after Marnitz Boshoff lands his fifth penalty of the match to extend the Lions' lead to 25-10 after 52 minutes.

And remember they are playing with 14 men!


39 256 turned up at Ellis Park tonight - the majority of which are smiling at present!

20:25 - THREE chanegs for the Stormers who bring on Michael Rhodes (for Manuel Carizza at lock), Nic Groom (for Louis Schreuder at scrumhalf) and Nizaam Carr (for Siya Kolisi at flank)

20:24 - PICTURE

Even the Lions' mascot is all smiles... Vodacom Rugby

20:22 - Penalty to the Lions who are able to clear their lines after referee Jaco Peyper confirms a "new interpretation" of the law in 2014: hands on DOESN'T mean out

Worth remembering going forward...

20:19 - Commentator Joel Stransky makes fun of Stormers backline coach Robbie Fleck's no doubt ever increasing grey hairs...

20:18 - PICTURE

Scrum time at Ellis Park - Vodacom Rugby

20:16 - YELLOW CARD for the Lions' lock Franco Mostert. The Stormers will be looking to capitalise in the next 10 minutes

20:13 - Scrappy first minute of play as the Stormers will be looking for a vastly improved second half performance, while the Lions will be looking for "more of the same" in the second stanza


19:59 - Join us in 10 minutes for the second half

19:58 - PENALTY to the Stormers - and Catrakilis - as the HALF-TIME siren sounds at Ellis Park

19:58 - TWEET 

Stormers having a bad day or Lions that good? - Stefan Terblanche

19:53 - TWEET

Elton Jantjies' career prospects are looking as dire as the Stormers' attack - Sportbilly

19:51 - Another successful PENALTY by Lions pivot Marnitz Boshoff as he extends the Lions' lead to 22-7 with five minutes remaining in th first half


Schalk Burger, much like Victor Matfield, looks a shadow of his former self. One season too far for the former greats?

Let us know at

19:49 - BURGER OFF

Schalk Burger leaves the field - and it doesn't look like it's for blood

His night appears to be over and is replaced by Deon Fourie

19:48 - Eight minutes to go in the first half at Ellis Park...


For those interested, England have beaten Ireland 13-10 in their Six Nations match at Twickenham.

Earlier, Scotland squeezed past Italy 21-20, while Wales thrashed France 27-6 on Friday night

19:42 - PICTURE

Lions fans have reason to smile - Vodacom Rugby

19:39 - The CONVERSION by Catrakilis is GOOD

19:38 - The Stormers finally get onto the scoreboard through hooker Scarra Ntubeni


19:34 - This is becoming a joke - if you're a Stormers fan - as Boshoff lands yet another PENALTY!

The Lions lead 19-0 after as many minutes...

19:34 - TWEET

Twickenham deadly quiet when kickers attempt a penalty. Ellispark show no respect in this regard. Need to learn from our friends up north! - Stefan Terblanche

19:32 - PICTURE

Best seats in the house? - Leila Steyn

19:32 - Schalk Burger knocks on for the Stormers.

His absence from top-flight rugby to blame, perhaps?

19:30 - The Marnitz Boshoff show continues as he lands another long-distance PENALTY with ease to extend the Lions' lead to 16-0 after 16 minutes!

19:28 - We were promised a 40 000-strong crowd tonight, and although it doesn't appear that many showed up, they are currently in full voice - more so when Stormers No 10 Demetri Catrakilis misses a penalty

19:26 - TWEET

This is just sensational from the Lions! Nog een from Boshoff! 13-0 - Front Row Grunt

He does it again,Bishoff slots another drop,13-0 Lions,hopefully Stormers will turn up soon! - Breyton Paulse

19:24 - Everything Marnitz Boshoff touches is currently turning to gold as he lands his second drop goal in a matter of minutes - this time from nearly 50m out!

19:23 - OH. MY. WORD!

19:23 - PICTURE

The Ellis Park faithful - Twitter

19:21 - TWEET

Does Boshoff ever miss? Seriously strong scrum from the Lions on their own ball.looking for organised and confident! - Front Row Grunt

19:20 - MY OATH!

Boshoff lands a monster drop goal that wobbled its way over the crossbar! 

The Stormers are under ths kosh here at the moment

19:17 - Flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff adds the CONVERSION and the Lions take a 7-0 lead after three minutes

19:17 - Mass confusion between the referee and TMO as no replay is found, but the TRY is awarded and the crowd erupts for a second time

19:17 - TRY AWARDED!

19:15 - Peyper playing party pooper for the Ellis Park faithful as the TMO still searches for the replay

19:15 - Commentators Bladen and Stransky have long since awarded the try to centre Stefan Watermeyer, but referee Jaco Peyper wants to check the replay for a possible forward pass

19:14 -  Or is it... ?


19:13 - The Stormers get their 2014 Super Rugby campaign under way - and are already NINE points adrift of the Sharks who currently top the SA Conference


19:12 - PICTURE

Juan de Jongh (right) - Twitter

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18:30 - Welcome to LIVE UPDATES and INTERACTIVE COMMENTARY of today's Super Rugby clash in Johannesburg.

The Lions are coming off a victory over the Cheetahs last weekend, while the Stormers will playing their first match of the season.

I'm going with the Stormers by 9


Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha (South Africa), Cobus Wessels (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)


2012: Stormers won 27-17, Cape Town
2012: Stormers won 24-19, Johannesburg
2011: Stormers won 33-19, Johannesburg
2011: Stormers won 19-16, Cape Town
2010: Stormers won 26-13, Johannesburg
2009: Stormers won 56-18, Cape Town



15. Chrysander Botha, 14. Deon van Rensburg, 13. Stefan Watermeyer , 12. Alwyn Hollenbach, 11. Ruan Combrinck, 10. Marnitz Boshoff, 9. Faf de Klerk, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Derick Minnie, 6. Jaco Kriel, 5. Franco van der Merwe, 4. Franco Mostert, 3. Julian Redelinghuys, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16. Willie Wepener, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Ruan Dreyer, 19. MB Lusaseni, 20. Warwick Tecklenburg, 21. Ross Cronjé, 22. JW Jonker, 23. Coenie van Wyk


15. Gio Aplon, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Michael van der Spuy, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Damian de Allende, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Rynhardt Elstadt, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Pat Cilliers, 19. Michael Rhodes, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Nic Groom, 22. Kurt Coleman, 23. Ryno Eksteen

Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Super Rugby match between the Lions and Stormers in Johannesburg.

  • 80'

    Rub your eyes all you like but the scoreboard is not going to change! The Lions have outplayed the Stormers. An incredible all round performance from the home side has left the Stormers absolutely speechless. The forwards were ruthless and Boshoff kicked like a god bagging himself a tally of 29 points for the match. One felt that the Stormers would eventually get into the swing of things and make a comeback. When the yellow cards came the Lions way, it felt as if the time had come but it never did. The Stormers failed to score a point in the second half despite having most of the territory and possession! The Lions now travel to Loftus to face the Bulls...hmmm

  • 80'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 34-10. Classic ending as Boshoff nails another penalty! And that's the end of an incredible match!

  • 79'

    The Lions win a penalty at scrum time and Boshoff will line up another 3 point opportunity! This will really hurt the Stormers and should be the last act of the match.

  • 78'

    The Stormers defend well and win a penalty. Groom taps quickly and passes wide. de Allende knocks on and that's the night summed up for the visitors!

  • 77'

    A huge scrum from the Lions puts pressure on the visitors and they manage to a secure an attacking scrum! The Lions are over the moon!

  • 75'

    The Lions set up a maul but fail to capitalize through some sloppy hands! Just a matter of "by how much" now for the home side.

  • 74'

    Huge collision between Chrysander Botha and Ryno Eksteen with the former ending flat on his stomach and in trouble. The lions forwards pounce on the Stormers on the ground and win another penalty! Great work from the Lions pack! Boshoff kicks for the corner this time!

  • 73'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 31-10. I don''t think the Stormers can come back from this. They don''t look like doing it anytime soon anyway! Momentum is back with the Lions and you can feel the Stormers side have conceded defeat tonight

  • 70'

    Another penalty to the Lions! Stormers infringe and Boshoff will have another attempt! Unbelievable how the Lions won a period of 20min with only 14 men.

  • 70'

    Stormers come close and again lose possession in the 22m of the Lions! That's happened several times today. The lions swing it to Boshoff who clears well!

  • 68'

    Play is starting to open up now as everyone is looking a bit tired! Not so sure about the Stormers come back that I'm sure everyone was expecting!

  • 66'

    DROPGOAL, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 28-10. Textbook play from the Lions! They worked it up with the forwards and set up Boshoff in the perfect position for a drop goal!

  • 63'

    Jean de Villiers makes a great break with a show and go! He tries to offload to Aplon but is obstructed by a Lions player. They go back for a penalty from the scrum back on the halfway line. Catrakilis's kick fails to find touch!

  • 60'

    A huge Gary Owen by Boshoff is not dealt with well by Vermeulen and it pops up for Combrink! He breaks a tackle and makes some good ground! The Lions go wide and now de Villiers almost does a classic intercept but knocks on in the process!! Almost a try for either side there!

  • 57'

    Another passage of play where the Stormers go through more than 10 phases. But the Lions turnover and counter attack! Another turnover results in Catrakilis kicking for touch in the Lions 22m. How have the Stormers not scored in the last 10min?

  • 54'

    Another yellow card against the home side! Redelinghuys is now sent off for a professional foul. Down to 13 men for a couple of minutes

  • 54'

    They work through over 10 phases before receiving another penalty!

  • 53'

    Faf de Klerk gives away a penalty about 45m out. Once again Catrakilis kicks for touch. They don't maul but run it instead and are getting close to the whitewash!

  • 51'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 25-10. Stormers will be extremely frustrated as its been all them in the 2nd half but Lions are the ones with the points!

  • 51'

    Lions will have a shot at points here. de Villiers is caught holding the ball on the ground! High fives all round from the Lions!

  • 50'

    de Klerk makes a great break to give the Lions some go forward momentum. Boshoff lines up another ambitious drop attempt but it ends up short!

  • 47'

    Lions win a penalty bringing them more relief! Stormers needed points there! One gets the feeling that the visitors will make a come back at some stage.

  • 45'

    5m Scrum for the Stormers. Vermeulen launches off the back of the scrum and comes agonizingly close! Kolisi has another go and loses the ball with a slight knock on! Frustrating times for the visitors as the home side breathes a sigh of relief!

  • 44'

    Stormers are in a perfect position here, they need to capitalize against the 14 men Lions. Just waiting as Ntubeni is receiving some treatment.

  • 44'

    The Stormers set up a maul off a line out and get close! Catrakilis puts a cross kick for Kobus van Wyk to run onto to but he just can't get there! They go back for an earlier infringement. Mostert has also been sent his marching orders for 10min for illegal play!

  • 41'

    And we're underway for the 2nd half! de Allende receives it and puts in a great kick into the Lions half.

  • 40'

    Stormers taking a while to get back on the park for the 2nd half. Clearly some harsh words from Alistair Coetzee at the break!

  • 40'

    Well that was unexpected! The Lions head into the change room with a 2 try cushion and a thoroughly deserved lead that is! The home side came out all guns blazing and did not take their foot off the pedal. The Stormers have been suffocated by some solid defense and the most magnificent kicking display I have EVER seen by Mr Marnitz Boshoff! The Stormers need to score first and change the momentum of the game early on in the second half if they want to win this one. looking forward to the 2nd half!

  • 40'

    PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS, 22-10. Good finish for the Stormers.

  • 40'

    Scrum for the Lions in their 22m. Sirens about to go and they should be content to pop this one into touch and head into the change to await a really chuffed coach. Unfortunately they concede a penalty! This time the Stormers opt for 3.

  • 39'

    Some good attacking play from the Stormers! Showing more of what they can do! But credit to the Lions who are not giving in and are defending with good first time tackles!

  • 37'

    Another Lions kick just rolls too much and the Stormers have a scrum in the Lions half. They win a penalty and Catrakilis kicks for touch in the Lions 22m! They need a try here before half time!

  • 35'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 22-7. He is the kicking king! Incredible strike from the Lions man!

  • 34'

    Lions manage to win a penalty at scrum time. Boshoff lines up another from 40m out.

  • 30'

    More good work from the Lions on defense as they halt another Stormers attack! The Lions work the ball wide and now begin an attack of their own. Combrink receives the ball wide and gets tackled in to touch.

  • 27'

    Good defense work again from the Lions as they manage to force a knock on! They've managed to keep the intensity for most of the first half now. They'll have a good chance if they can keep this up into the second half!

  • 26'

    A huge clearance from Boshoff goes the whole distance of the field! A slight roll to the right and it would have been just outside the Stormers tryline. It rolled straight and now its a scrum back in the Lions 22m! Extremely unfortunate for the home side.

  • 24'

    CONVERSION, CATRAKILIS, 19-7. Great strike from Demetri to narrow the gap!

  • 23'

    TRY, STORMERS, NTUBENI, 19-5. It was good work from the Stormers pack! They set up a good maul which the Lions defended well. Ntubeni showed great strength to push his way over!

  • 21'

    Some good phases for the Stormers gets in them into the Lions 22m. The Lions are caught off side and the Stormers receive a penalty in front of the posts. They''ve opted for the line out to go for the try!

  • 19'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 19-0. I have no words. Sublime kick straight through the posts! This guy is incredible!

  • 0'

    A horrendous box kick from Schreuder goes straight up in the air. Burger was caught offside and Boshoff will have another attempt from 52m out!

  • 17'

    A solid scrum from the Stormers sets up a platform to attack. Schalk Burger drops the ball and they lose possession! Still not looking settled the WP men!

  • 15'

    PENALTY, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 16-0. Can you believe this score line? Stormers have a lot of work to do if they want to win tonight!

  • 14'

    More superb work from the Lions on defense! Nowhere to go for the visitors and they concede a penalty to the ferocious Lions! Boshoff will have an opportunity from 40m out!

  • 13'

    Good strike from Catrakilis but it just goes wide!

  • 12'

    Credit to the lions who are putting in some massive hits when they do defend!

  • 12'

    A loose pass from de Klerk puts the Lions under pressure but van Rensburg recovers and gets a kick in before being tackled. Stormers begin to attack and are awarded a penalty several phases later! First opportunity for the visitors to get points.

  • 10'

    Stormers finally manage to get their hands on the ball but it doesn't last long as they knock the ball on. Scrum to Lions in their own 22m.

  • 8'

    DROPGOAL, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 13-0. OH MY WORD. What a kick from 50m out under pressure!! Great strike! The lead keeps increasing.

  • 7'

    Lions are all over the Stormers tonight! The visitors have hardly touched the ball! Stormers manage a decent kick into touch to settle things down.

  • 5'

    DROPGOAL, LIONS, BOSHOFF, 10-0. Great kick from the Lions 10 to extend the lead!

  • 0'

    Great play from Lions as they attack strongly! And now Boshoff in the pocket from 40m back...

  • 4'

    Not goods signs from the Stormers here! A fumble soon after the restart from Aplon gives the Liuons possession. The home side will be playing with heaps of confidence!

  • 2'

    CONVERSION, BOSHOFF, 7-0. Great start from Boshoff who slots his first!

  • 2'

    That took longer than it needed! Try is still on!

  • 2'

    Peyper seems to be checking with the TMO for a forward pass now...

  • 2'

    TRY, LIONS, WATERMEYER, 5-0. What a start from the Lions!! Super break from captain Whitely who puts away Watermeyer for a great try! Take that Stormers defense!

  • 0'

    Catrakilis gets us underway in Joburg! The Lions run it a bit before the kicking battle takes place. Lions decide to run and attempt to break the Stormers defense!

  • 0'

    Lions news: Ackermann has made just two changes to the his starting line-up. In the midfield, Alwyn Hollenbach comes in at inside centre. Stefan Watermeyer shifts to outside centre, due to the injury sustained by Lionel Mapoe. On the replacements bench, MB Lusaseni is primed to make his Super Rugby debut as he comes into the squad. JW Jonker is also a welcome inclusion and will provide cover as a utility back.

  • 0'

    Stormers news: Burger will pack down in an all-Springbok loose trio - alongside Siya Kolisi and Duane Vermeulen - whilst three starting players will be on Super Rugby debut, with a further two debutants on the bench for the Stormers. Former WP age-group star Kobus van Wyk has been rewarded for his outstanding pre-season form with a place on the wing and Michael van der Spuy will partner Jean de Villiers at centre in the absence of injured Bok midfielder Juan de Jongh. Argentine lock Manuel Carizza will spearhead the Stormers' line-out in his first taste of Super Rugby action, whilst fly-half Demetri Catrakilis will make his first Super Rugby appearance for the Stormers - despite being a Currie Cup regular. On the bench, meanwhile, Oliver Kebble will provide prop cover and fellow young gun Ryno Eksteen (recently named in the SA Under-20 training squad) will serve as the additional outside back - both players also being on Super Rugby debut.

  • 0'

    Welcome to Ellis Park for our 2nd round Super Rugby clash between The Lions and the Stormers! lions will take a lot of confidence from their opening round victory which they snatched from the Cheetahs last week. The Stormers will be a physical and tough unit to crack.

Jump to

Lions Stormers
  • 1 Tries 1
    • 2' Stefan Watermeyer
    • 23' Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • 1 Conversions 1
    • 2' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 23' Demetri Catrakilis
  • 6 Penalties 1
    • 14' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 19' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 34' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 50' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 71' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 79' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 40' Demetri Catrakilis
  • 3 Drop Goals 0
    • 4' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 8' Marnitz Boshoff
    • 65' Marnitz Boshoff
  • 2 Yellow Cards 0
    • 54' Julian Redelinghuys
    • 43' Franco Mostert
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Schalk van der Merwe
  • Robbie Coetzee
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Franco Mostert
  • Franco van der Merwe
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Derick Minnie
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Marnitz Boshoff
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • Alwyn Hollenbach
  • Stefan Watermeyer
  • Deon van Rensburg
  • Chrysander Botha
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  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Steven Kitshoff
  • Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • Frans Malherbe
  • Rynhard Elstadt
  • Manuel Carizza
  • Siya Kolisi
  • Schalk Burger
  • Duane Vermeulen
  • Louis Schreuder
  • Demetri Catrakilis
  • Damian de Allende
  • Jean de Villiers
  • Michael van der Spuy
  • Jacobus Van Wyk
  • Gio Aplon
  • Willie Wepener
  • Jacques Van Rooyen
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Luvuyiso Lusaseni
  • Warwick Tecklenburg
  • Ross Cronje
  • JW Jonker
  • Coenie van Wyk
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  • 21
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  • 23
  • Deon Fourie
  • Oliver Kebble
  • Pat Cilliers
  • Michael Rhodes
  • Nizaam Carr
  • Nick Groom
  • Kurt Coleman
  • Ryno Eksteen

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