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56' Lions change their whole front row ...
Van der Merwe, Fourie and Dreyer all on.
PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 37-43: The hooter goes as Lions win the penalty and Jantjies slots the penalty goal in. Crusaders have won away from home and the Lions lose.
Full time: Lions 37-43 Crusaders.
The Lions have a lineout 22 metres out.
There is not enough time remaining for the Lions to win this, Crusaders have been the better team and they have punished the Lions for some poor defence and soft tackling.
Penalty for the Lions, 5 metres out and they need a try here. The clock is ticking and the Crusaders are running it down.
Another penalty conceded by the Crusaders, Moody for not rolling away from the ruck.
Crusaders concede another penalty, Romano for not releasing the ball.
The Lions are deep in their territory trying to make something happen.
TRY, LIONS, VAN DER MERWE! 32-43: Try for the Lions now as Armand van der Merwe scores a brace of tries, the lead is down to 11 points.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 34-43: Jantjies makes no mistake and the lead is down to 9 points with 8 minutes remaining.
This could be a try for the Lions but the players are not excited. The TMO is called into action.
The ball was lost forward by Smit, no try for the Lions.
Mapoe bursts through the Crusader defence but is caught quickly, Lions need to score again. Crusaders are playing well.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 27-43: Mo'unga gets it right and the lead increases again to 16 points.
TRY, CRUSADERS, DRUMMOND! 27-41: McNicholl has had a good game today and he sets this try up for Drummond with a linebreak, Drummond takes it over the try line.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 27-36: Jantjies slots the conversion in with 15 minutes to go.
TRY, LIONS, VAN DER MERWE! 25-36: There it is, the Lions find the try they were looking for, Armand van der Merwe scores a run-away try from deep inside his own half.
There are 20 minutes left in this game and the Lions need to score if they want to win this. They have not scored in the second half.
The Lions concede another penalty, Kriel not releasing the ball.
Crusaders concede a penalty through Moody for incorrect binding in the scrum.
A few problems with the scrum, a couple of resets and Berry has a word with the players.
Lions make a few changes to their front row, Van der Merwe, Fourie and Dreyer come on.
Faf de Klerk is replaced by Dillon Smit
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 20-36: Easy conversion and Mo'unga takes the lead to 16 points.
TRY, CRUSADERS, CROTTY! 20-34: Crotty tightens the screws as he scores again and the lead extends to 14 points. A hat-trick of tries for Crotty and the crowd in Johannesburg has gone silent.
Lions have a lineout 44 metres out and one gets the feeling that they have to score next to stay in this game.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 20-29: It is an easy conversion and Mo'unga slots it in. Crusaders lead by 9 points.
TRY, CRUSADERS, CROTTY! 20-27: Crusaders score and this is a crucial try, first points of the second half. Ryan Crotty runs through the defence and goes over the try line.
They could have kicked this, but they decide not to. It is a lineout, 15 metres out.
Lions concede a penalty, Coetzee not rolling away. The Crusaders have a slim 2-point lead here.
Fonotia breaks through the Lions defence, the Lions have been soft with their tackling tonight and the Crusaders set up a chance with McNicholl's offload.
Lions concede a penalty to begin the second half, Mnisi for collapsing the maul.
PENALTY, CRUSADERS, MO''UNGA! 20-22: Mo''unga kicks the penalty in and it is a penalty goal to end the first half. Crusaders win back the lead. It has been a busy first half with lots of action. Both teams are playing well and whoever makes fewer mistakes will win this. Good game so far.
Half time: Lions 20-22 Crusaders.
Second half begins.
Lions concede a penalty, Lionel Mapoe is caught offside.
Nadolo goes through the Lions defence and makes some ground. He is assisted by McNicholl.
Lions concede a penalty, Whiteley for handling the ball in the scrum.
Berry says play on, he has made the right call.
There may be a potential tip-tackle from Marx, they are taking a look at it.
PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 20-19: This is a difficult kick but Jantjies gets it right and wins back the lead for the Lions.
Crockett collapses the scrum and this will be another penalty for the Lions.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 17-19: Jantjies gets the conversion right and it is 17-19 as Lions are just 2 points behind.
TRY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 15-19: Poor tackling from the Crusaders as Jantjies is allowed to run through the defence and he scores a try. Faf de Klerk's pass created the chance.
Another penalty conceded by the Crusaders through Mo'unga for not releasing the ball carrier. Crusaders lead by 9 points.
Faf de Klerk passes the ball and the Lions now have a scrum 10 metres out.
Another penalty conceded by the Crusaders, Crockett caught offside of the maul.
Crusaders concede a penalty through Owen Franks for foul play.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO'UNGA! 10-19: Mo'unga gets the conversion right and Crusaders take a 9 point lead.
TRY, CRUSADERS, CROCKETT! 10-17: Scott Barrett sets up the chance with a nice offload and Crockett scores the try for the Crusaders.
Brilliant running play from both sides.
PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 10-12: Jantjies scores a penalty goal and the Lions cut the margin down to two points. Todd conceded the penalty for obstruction.
CONVERSION, CRUSADERS, MO''UNGA! 7-12: Two more points added to the Crusaders score as Mo''unga gets the conversion right.
TRY, CRUSADERS, MCNICHOLL! 7-10: Another try for the Crusaders, McNicholl intercepts the long pass from Jantjies and carries it over the line.
Jantjies misses the penalty and the Lions miss an opportunity to score. They still lead by 2.
Crusaders concede a penalty, Crockett wheeling the scrum.
Lots of action in the opening minutes of the game, both teams scoring one try each but Lions getting the conversion right.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 7-5: Easy conversion and Jantjies gives Lions the lead.
TRY, LIONS, MAPOE! 5-5: Lionel Mapoe takes it over the try line and Lions score their first try of the evening. The scores are level.
The conversion is missed, Richie Mo'unga fails to add the two points.
TRY, CRUSADERS, CROTTY! 0-5: The Crusaders have scored in the opening minute, Nadolo creates the opportunity and Crotty clears the try line.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Lions and the Crusaders from Emirates Airlines Park.
The Crusaders are the tournaments most successful side, but Lions will have home advantage.
A few changes for the Lions, Warwick Tecklenburg returns on the flank, Marnitz Boshoff will be the playmaker. Ackermann also brings in Andries Ferreira and Lourens Erasmus as the locks.
Todd Blackadder brings in Wyatt Crockett as the loosehead prop, Moody is benched. Luke Romano and Scott Barrett are the locks with Whitelock in the reserves.
Both teams have won three out of their four games, so far but history is on the side of the Crusaders. Lions have never beaten them.
Stuart Berry is the referee today with Craig Joubert and AJ Jacobs assisting him. Johan Greeff is the TMO.
Elton Jantjies passed the late fitness test and is in the side. Lions had a bye last week so they are well rested.
First half begins.
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