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As it happened: Highlanders 34-15 Lions

2016-03-12 07:50
Last Updated at 08:00
12 Mar 10:58
12 Mar 10:20

Thanks for joining us this morning! 

I trust you were all a little smarter than me and didn't back the Lions on SuperBru! 

#NeverFollowYourHeart ...

12 Mar 10:18

On the whole, there wasn't much separating the sides. But too many handling errors at the wrong times cost the Lions as they allowed the Highlanders to counter ...

It has been a good tour for the Johannesburgers, though ... 

They will return home now and have a date against the Cheetahs at Ellis Park next weekend.

12 Mar 10:16
The Lions will be kicking themselves after that ...
12 Mar 10:16
FULL-TIME! Highlanders 34-15 Lions ...
12 Mar 10:15
80' Beautiful chip from Jantjies sees Mostert gather and go over the line, but he is held up ...
12 Mar 10:13
79' Highlanders looking for another try to get the bonus point back ...
12 Mar 10:12
78' That try takes away the bonus point from the Highlanders. The try count is 4-2 ...
12 Mar 10:11
77' TRY LIONS! Another reward for the Lions. It's Ruan Ackermann who barges over ...
12 Mar 10:11
77' Here come the Lions again ...
12 Mar 10:10
76' Highlanders defence has been phenomenal. The Lions go through phase after phase looking to get over the line, but they lose the ball again and the Highlanders break ...
12 Mar 10:07
74' Another penalty to the Lions and they'll take the scrum again from right under the uprights ...
12 Mar 10:06
73' Lions call for the scrum ... just 7m out ...
12 Mar 10:05
72' Lions go close, lose the ball but win the penalty just a few metres out from the line ...
12 Mar 10:03
Just 10 minutes to go here ...
12 Mar 10:01
68' Combrinck makes a good break but then loses it forward in the tackle. Been that kind of a night for the Lions ...
12 Mar 09:59
66' Lions now have a scrum just outside their own 22. They'll just want to get off the pitch now, surely ...
12 Mar 09:56
64' Jantjies leaves the conversion short. Wow. Highlanders 34-8 Lions ...
12 Mar 09:56
63' TRY LIONS! Finally some joy for the visitors. It's Rohan Janse van Rensburg who finishes the move. 
12 Mar 09:54
62' DROP GOAL! Sopoaga just drives the nail further into the Lions coffin with that sneaky drop. Highlanders 34-3 Lions ...
12 Mar 09:53
61' And now the Lions lose their own lineout ... it's all falling apart for them
12 Mar 09:52
60' Javco van der Walt can't take an up-and-under cleanly, the Highlanders win it back and Sopoaga pegs them back into their 22 with good kick ...
12 Mar 09:51
59' Ref says backwards, then changes his mind and decides it went forwards. Scrum Highlanders, 60m out. The Lions are flat now ...
12 Mar 09:49
57' Sopoaga's conversion is good. Highlanders 31-3 Lions ...
12 Mar 09:48
56' TRY HIGHLANDERS! The Lions just can't hold onto their own ball and the turnover is costly. Good running and quick hands and off-loading from the Highlanders ... Fekitoa finishes the move off ...
12 Mar 09:47
55' It's all getting a bit scrappy for the Lions ...
12 Mar 09:45
54' It's just not going to happen for the Lions today. They give away the scrum penalty and lose a great opportunity ...
12 Mar 09:44
52' Lions get good phases going again, but not much penetration. They do have the scrum centre-field and 22m out now. Can they make this count? 
12 Mar 09:42
50' Still time, though. Lions lineout 40m out ...
12 Mar 09:42
As it stands the Highlanders will be leaving with 5 points while the Lions will earn nothing ...
12 Mar 09:41
It's definitely been a lot tighter than the scoreboard suggests ... but that doesn't matter at all, really.
12 Mar 09:38
47' Conversion good from Sopoaga. Highlanders 24-3 Lions and that is surely that ...
12 Mar 09:37
45' TRY HIGHLANDERS! So unlucky for the Lions. They had the advantage for a high tackle, and literally as the ref calls 'advantage over' Faddes intercepts and runs the length of the field to score ...
12 Mar 09:36
44' Sopoaga's kick is good from the touchline. Highlanders 17-3 Lions.
12 Mar 09:35
42' TRY HIGHLANDERS! Out of nowhere! A good passage from the Lions sees them bundled into touch inside the Highlanders 22m. Ben Smith takes the lineout quickly, and the Highlanders run the length of the field to score. Smith finishes off the move he started ...
12 Mar 09:33
41' Lions lineout 40m out ...
12 Mar 09:32
Second half underway ... Lions surely need to strike first here if they are to have a chance ...
12 Mar 09:21

Half-time as Jaco Kriel knocks on ... not sure what he was doing that far out wide. Highlanders 10-3 Lions. 

The Lions have defended really well for the most part and had more and more ball as the half progressed. But they don't seem to be able to do much with it ... just the one real chance to speak of. 

We'll be back for the second half in just a bit ...

12 Mar 09:18
39' Lions try and spread it wide after a driving maul, but in the end Faf de Klerk kicks one too far and it'll be a 22m drop-out to the Highlanders ...
12 Mar 09:17
38' Lions get a penalty just outside their own 22m line. They'll knock this as deep as they can and maybe have one last go at some points before the break ...
12 Mar 09:16
37' Jantjies under a bit of pressure finds a good touch ... Highlanders lineout 40m out ...
12 Mar 09:15
36' Combrinck clears, but the Highlanders have a lineout 30m out ...
12 Mar 09:14
35' Knock-on and the Lions win the scrum on their own 22m area ... so important that they don't concede before the break ...
12 Mar 09:13
34' Lions knock-on from the restart and the Highlanders will have a dangerous midfield scrum from just inside 40m ...
12 Mar 09:12
33' Kick is good from Jantjies and the Lions are on the board! Highlanders 10-3 Lions.
12 Mar 09:11
33' Jantjies will have a shot from right in front, and the Lions will feel a lot better about things if they get back within 7 ...
12 Mar 09:11
32' Lions keeping it close here, and they win the penalty! 
12 Mar 09:10
31' Lions line-out on the half-way line ...
  • 80'

    A deserved win for the Highlanders. Just a couple of lapses in concentration from their opponents was all they needed to launch a number of quick striking counter attacks. Their defence was superb also, managing to restrict one of the best attacking teams in the competition to 15 points.

  • 79'

    More pressure from the Lions. Pounding away at this resolute Highlanders defence. A lovely chip kick over the defence and it's well gathered by Mostert. He gets over the line but is held up.

  • 77'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 34-15: Easiest of conversion kicks for the Lions flyhalf.

  • 76'

    Lineout for the Lions 10 meters from the Highlanders tryline. Can they find a way through this defense?

  • 76'

    TRY, LIONS, AKKERMAN! 34-13: Great commitment from the Lions. Bashing away at the Highlanders defence and this time they get the ball over the tryline.

  • 74'

    Here come the Lions again. Wave after wave pushed back by the Highlanders defence.

  • 73'

    Free kick now conceded by the Highlanders as they desperately defend their tryline. Excellent pressure and handling by the Lions. But the Highlanders defence seems to be coping.

  • 71'

    Another scrum penalty conceded by the hosts. The referee plays advantage and the Lions surge towards the Highlanders tryline. Some excellent passing and pressure from the forwards. Their attack breaks down but another penalty for the Lions just outside the 5 meter line.

  • 68'

    Scrum for the Highlanders and they are penalised this time for illegal scrumming. Janties gets the ball out right on the Highlanders' 22. Good chance for the visitors. But again they lose a crucial lineout.

  • 64'

    Jantjies misses the conversion. A kick one would expect him to make.

  • 62'

    TRY, LIONS, JANSE VAN RENSBURG! 34-8:The Lions string 11 phases together right on the Highlanders' tryline. The ball is swung wide and the Lions number 13 gets past his man to dot it down for 5 points.

  • 60'

    DROP GOAL, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 34-3: Lineout for the Lions 15 meters from their tryline. They lose it. Crucial mistakes now from the visitors. Lima Sopoaga gets hold of the ball and goes for the drop goal. AND IT''''S OVER.

  • 57'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 31-3: And would you believe it, another superb kick from the Highlanders'''' number 10. Right through the middle of the uprights.

  • 56'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FEKITOA! 29-3: Poor control at the ruck from the Lions. The ball pops out and the Highlanders pounce on it. They are so good in these situations. Lovely running and passing as they surge to the Lions'''' tryline. Fekitoa gets it down.

  • 53'

    10 phases of possession for the Lions. The Highlanders'''' defense seems unbreakable though. Scrum for the Lions deep in the opposition half. Dreyer is penalised for illegal scrumming and this is frustrating for the visiting team. They really needed to convert that kind of territory into points.

  • 49'

    Some poor defending from the Lions VERY nearly results in another break from the Highlanders. High octane stuff here from the hosts. BIG test for the Lions now.

  • 47'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 24-3: Another terrific kick from Sopoaga.

  • 45'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FADDES! 22-3: Intercepted by the young winger. Two very soft tries in quick succession for the Lions to concede but good, quick thinking from the hosts.

  • 44'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 17-3: Excellent kick from Sopoaga. Very tough angle o the touchline.

  • 42'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, SMITH! 15-3: Very soft try to give away. The Lions were caught napping at the lineout which is taken quickly. No chance of catching Smith even though Courtnall Skosan does well.

  • 40'

    The Highlanders deserve their lead but it's certainly not been easy for them. The Lions look like a team who are hungry to score and they look likely to do it. Some excellent defending from the hosts managed to prevent this so far though. Join us again shortly for the second half.

  • 40'

    Elton Jantjies gets the second half underway.

  • 38'

    Van der Walt intercepts an attempted chip kick on the wing. He can't hold on to the ball though. Would have been a one-horse race if he managed to keep control. Good work from the full-back nonetheless.

  • 37'

    Lineout for the Highlanders. Stolen by Mostert though. Jantjies clears with very impressive crossfield kick.

  • 34'

    Highlanders scrum inside their opponents' half. The ball comes to the midfield where Rob Thompson is well tackled. Scrum for the Lions now following a handling error.

  • 32'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 10-3: Easy kick for a player of Jantjies' quality.

  • 30'

    Lovely chip over the Highlanders' defense from Francois de Klerk. Courtnall Skosan gathers but he's brought down. Penalty for the Lions from the resultant ruck.

  • 29'

    Replacement for the Highlanders. Joe Wheeler off for Gareth Evans. Looks like there may be a concussion there.

  • 26'


  • 24'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FADDES! 8-0: Beautiful work by the Highlanders'''' #6. He breaks the Lions'''' defensive line and gets the ball to Smith who does well to offload to Matt Faddes who dots it down for his first try in his Super Rugby career.

  • 21'

    Some more excellent running from the Lions and equally good defending in the midfield. The Lions really do look great when swinging the ball out wide. There''s a penalty for the Highlanders and they clear the danger.

  • 18'

    Some reprieve for the Lions after a short period of pressure from the Highlanders. The hosts' forwards offside at the ruck. Jantjies clears well.

  • 16'

    Sloppy handling from the Highlanders again. They lose possession and the Lions run the ball out wide. Too wide in fact as the winger is tackled over the touchline.

  • 14'

    The Lions concede another penalty. Handling the ball in the scrum. This time on their opponents'' tryline. More good scrumming from the Highlanders.

  • 12'

    GREAT DEFENDING BY THE HIGHLANDERS. The Lions make a bit of a mess off their lineout. But regroup and launch a terrific attack, penetrating the Highlanders'''' defence. Ruan Combrinck gets the ball over the tryline but he''s brilliantly held up by Malakai Fekitoa. "No try" says the TMO.

  • 10'

    The Highlanders steal possession in their half and the counter attack is on. Lovely running from them and then a cross field kick to Matt Faddes on the far side of the field. It bounces kindly for him but he's well tackled 5 meters from the tryline.

  • 8'

    PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 3-0: Good start for the Highlanders number 10.

  • 6'

    More poor handling from the Highlanders backs. Again in the Lions'' half. Scrum to the visitors. But they''re penalised for illegal scrummage. Kickable penalty for Lima Sopoaga.

  • 5'

    Jantjies clears well after the Lions manage to keep some form at the scrum.

  • 2'

    The Lions scrum is decimated by the home side and the Highlanders are putting pressure onto the Lions defence. But with an open tryline after 4 phases Highlanders winger Matt Faddes can''t control a simple pass and he knocks on. Clear opportunity wasted.

  • 1'

    It''s a scrum for the Lions just inside their half but there''s a slight delay for a blood replacement. Ferreira comes off for Kruger.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our coverage of this Super Rugby encounter between the Highlanders and the Lions from Forsyth Barr Stadium, New Zealand.

  • 0'

    It's a fine day in Dunedin, but remember that today's clash is being played indoors in the Forsyth Barr Stadium.

  • 0'

    Highlanders'' Josh Hohneck and Tom Franklin get a break from the starting 23. Siosiua Halnukonuka will get his first start as Hohneck''s replacement at tighthead prop while Alex Ainley replaces Franklin in the middle row. Luke Whitelock moves from number eight to blindside flanker making way for Liam Squire at the back of the scrum. Dan Pryor will start at openside. In the backs hard running midfielder Rob Thompson will make his debut for the Highlanders at inside centre and Jason Emery, who performed well last week, will again look to make an impact from the bench. Smith will captain the side.

  • 0'

    Meanwhile it will be a new centre pairing for the Lions in the form of Howard Mnisi and Rohan Janse van Rensburg replacing Lionel Mapoe. Vorster has returned home after injuring his left knee again. Jaco Van der Walt replaces Andries Coetzee in a rotational move to full-back, Coetzee has been named on the bench. Jacques van Rooyen gets his first start in the front row with Robbie Coetzee back at hooker. Ruan Dreyer starts in a rotational move which sees Julian Redelinghuys drop down to the bench. New centre Jacques Nel will warm the bench while Dillon Smit also earns a spot among the reserves for the first time this season.

  • 0'

    Here we go. Can the Lions make it three travelling victories in a row?

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Highlanders Lions
  • 4 Tries 2
    • 23' Matt Faddes
    • 42' Ben Smith
    • 44' Matt Faddes
    • 55' Malakai Fekitoa
    • 62' Rohan Janse van Rensburg
    • 76' Ruan Ackermann
  • 4 Conversions 1
    • 25' Lima Sopoaga
    • 43' Lima Sopoaga
    • 46' Lima Sopoaga
    • 57' Lima Sopoaga
    • 76' Elton Jantjies
  • 1 Penalties 1
    • 8' Lima Sopoaga
    • 32' Elton Jantjies
  • 1 Drop Goals 0
    • 60' Lima Sopoaga
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Brendon Edmonds
  • Liam Coltman
  • Siua Halanukonuka
  • Alex Ainley
  • Joseph Wheeler
  • Elliot Dixon
  • Dan Pryor
  • Luke Whitelock
  • Aaron Smith
  • Lima Sopoaga
  • Patrick Osborne
  • Rob Thompson
  • Malakai Fekitoa
  • Matt Faddes
  • Ben Smith
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  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Jacques Van Rooyen
  • Robbie Coetzee
  • Ruan Dreyer
  • Andries Ferreira
  • Franco Mostert
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Warwick Tecklenburg
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Courtnall Skosan
  • Howard Mnisi
  • Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • Jaco van der Walt
  • Ash Dixon
  • Dan Lienert-Brown
  • Ross Geldenhuys
  • Gareth Evans
  • Shane Christie
  • Josh Renton
  • Hayden Parker
  • Jason Emery
  • 16
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  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Armand van der Merwe
  • Corne Fourie
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Robert Kruger
  • Ruan Ackermann
  • Dillon Smit
  • Jacques Nel
  • Andries Coetzee

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