LIONS 34-10 STORMERS
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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!
21:02 - ***AND THAT'S FULL-TIME IN JOHANNESBURG***
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?
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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!
20:43 - READER REACTION
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
20:39 - READER REACTION
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?
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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!
20:26 - CROWD ATTENDANCE CONFIRMED
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
20:13 - AND WE'RE BACK AT ELLIS PARK!
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
19:50 - ONE SEASON TOO MANY?
Schalk Burger, much like Victor Matfield, looks a shadow of his former self. One season too far for the former greats?
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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...
19:46 - SIX NATIONS RESULT
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
19:38 - TRY TO THE STORMERS
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... ?
19:14 - TRY TO THE LIONS!
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
19:13 - AND WE'RE UNDER WAY AT ELLIS PARK!
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
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
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
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