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As it happened: Lions 42 Highlanders 30

2016-07-30 14:25
Last Updated at 11:04
04 Aug 14:21
30 Jul 16:50

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30 Jul 16:49


Unsurprisingly, Elton Jantjies is the man of the match. The perfect flyhalf performance today, he was just incredible. 

He is very emotional. 

30 Jul 16:44


The Lions have beaten the defending champions 42-30!

They will travel to New Zealand to face the Hurricanes next week. That will be a tough, tough task, but one feels they can do it!

30 Jul 16:43

80' - TRY to the Highlanders!

Wheeler crashes over from close in.

Sopoaga converts.

Lions 42 Highlanders 30 

30 Jul 16:40

79' - The Lions turn it over again and Jantjies punishes the Highlanders with a brilliant kick to their 10m line.

30 Jul 16:39
77' - Both sides still going at it hammer and tongs! Banks breaks for the Highlanders, they are back into the Lions 22m area. 
30 Jul 16:37

75' - TRY to the Highlanders!

The visitors have not given up, they have contributed to this spectacle this afternoon! Noholo gets over under the posts.

Sopoaga converts. 

Lions 42 Highlanders 23 

30 Jul 16:35

73' - TRY to the Lions!

Again its Jantjies pulling the strings. A deft dink over the top finds a rampaging Mostert. He offloads to replacement Erasmus who scores!

This Lions team is something else, they play some magic rugby with Jantjies pulling the strings. 

He converts.

Lions 42 Highlanders 16

30 Jul 16:33
71' - This is end to end stuff, brilliant running rugby from both sides. 
30 Jul 16:31
69' - Lions blown up for cross-running. Time running out for the Highlanders, however. 
30 Jul 16:27

65' - TRY to the Highlanders!

Brilliantly done by the flyhalf with THREE defenders trying to force him into touch. 

He cannot convert his own try.

Lions 35 Highlanders 16 

30 Jul 16:25

65' - TMO called into action...

Did Sopoaga get the ball down in the corner after some breathless play by both sides! 

30 Jul 16:23

63' - Penalty to the Highlanders as Jantjies is ruled to have knocked the ball down deliberately. 

Sopoaga sets up a lineout. 

30 Jul 16:21

61' - Some incredible defence from the Lions as Faddes was cruising into the left-hand corner after some great hands by the visitors. Kriel, however, had other ideas, pinned his ears back and tackled the centre into touch. 

How did he get there?

30 Jul 16:19
60' - Plenty of changes for both teams now. 
30 Jul 16:16
58' - The Highlanders are not giving up as they move into the Lions half. They have a mountain to climb, however. 
30 Jul 16:14

54' - TRY to the Lions!

Brilliant stuff again from the home side. 

The turnover lead to a great attack as Mapoe kicked ahead and collected. After a few phases, the ball came out to Jantjies who put in a deft cross-kick for Kriel. He shrugged off the attentions of Dixon to go over in the left-hand corner. 

Jantjies convert from a difficult angle. 

Lions 35 Highlanders 11

30 Jul 16:10
53' - Another promising attack by the Highlanders is brilliantly turned over by the Lions defence. 
30 Jul 16:08

51' - PENALTY slotted by Jantjies!

No mistake by the Lions pivot!

Lions 28 Highlanders 11

30 Jul 16:07

50' - The Lions have a penalty straight in front of the uprights as the Highlanders are ruled offside.

Jantjies steps up. 

30 Jul 16:06

47' - TRY to the Highlanders!

What a response from the Highlanders.

A mistake by the Lions gifts the ball to the visitors. Pleasants-Tate made 20m before the ball was worked to the left where Faddes got over in the left corner. 

Sopoaga cannot convert.

Lions 25 Highlanders 11 

30 Jul 16:04

45' - TRY to the Lions!

Straight from the restart!

Jantjies broke from his own 22m area, skinned a few Highlanders defenders and found Skosan on the outside. No one could catch him!

Jantjies cannot convert.

Lions 25 Highlanders 6 

30 Jul 16:01

44'- PENALTY slotted by Jantjies!

Great start for the Lions. The lead is back to 14 points. 

Lions 20 Highlanders 6

30 Jul 16:00
43' - Another big scrum from the Lions leads to a penalty for the home side. Great chance for the first points of the half. Smith gets all the high-fives from his team. 
30 Jul 15:59
40' - Second half underway in Johannesburg!
30 Jul 15:46


The Lions lead at half-time, scoring two tries without reply. 

Lions 17 Highlanders 6

30 Jul 15:45

40' - PENALTY slotted by Sopoaga!

The Highlanders flyhalf cuts the deficit just on half-time.

Lions 17 Highlanders 6 

30 Jul 15:44

39' - Brilliant work from Naholo as he is all over Skosan after a Smith up-and-under. The Highlanders have a penalty as the Lions winger was not releasing.

Sopoaga will have a shot at goal. 

30 Jul 15:42
38' - They try to break blind from the lineout but Marx is forced out into touch. 
30 Jul 15:41
37' - Penalty to the Lions as the Highlanders are penalised at scrum time. Combrinck will set up a lineout downfield. 
30 Jul 15:40
36' - Approaching half-time as the Lions have a scrum on their own 10m line. 
30 Jul 15:35
31' - Sopoaga misses out to the right and Combrinck breathes a sigh of relief. 
30 Jul 15:35

30' - Penalty to the Highlanders.

Some poor play from Combrinck after excellent Lions defence forced the visitors to kick. Instead of clearing downfield, the winger chose to take on the Highlanders but they were all over him and he was pinged for not releasing. 

Sopoaga will kick at goal. 

30 Jul 15:31

26' - SHOCKER!

The Highlanders have butchered a try here. Two brilliant passes put Dixon in but as he was falling over the line he lost the ball with no one near him. 

30 Jul 15:28

24' - TRY to the Lions!

Mistake by the Highlanders as a pass goes astray. Janse van Rensburg picks up the loose ball and gets over from around 55m out. That's try number 10 for the season for the big centre.

Jantjies converts. 

Lions 17 Highlanders 3

30 Jul 15:26
23' - All the territorial gain is undone as Marx is blown for hands in the ruck allowing Sopoaga to set up a lineout on the Lions 10m line. 
30 Jul 15:25
22' - More brilliant work by the Lions as Mostert secures a turnover and then De Klerk kicks into the corner to win over 60m for the Lions. 
30 Jul 15:24

21' - PENALTY slotted by Jantjies!

The Lions extend their lead to 7 as Jantjies pops over from straight in front. 

Lions 10 Highlanders 3 

  • 81'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, WHEELER! 42-28: A late try for the Highlanders as Joe Wheeler takes the ball over the try line and reduces the margin.

  • 81'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 42-30: Sopoaga slots in the conversion to reduce the deficit to 12 points. Two late tries will not be enough to deny the Lions a win here.

  • 81'

    Full time: Lions 42-30 Highlanders. It has been a fast, intense and action-packed game and the Lions have managed to score regularly and stay ahead of the Highlanders throughout it. The Lions win at home and they will meet the Hurricanes in the final.

  • 80'

    Armand van der Merwe concedes a penalty for interference with the scrum half and that will be another penalty to the Highlanders.

  • 77'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 42-23: Sopoaga slots the conversion in and the margin is brought down to 19 points. Lions still hold a big lead.

  • 76'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, NAHOLO! 42-21: Sopoaga creates the chance with a good pass and then Waisake Naholo takes it over the line to score his 8th try of this season.

  • 75'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 42-16: Jantjies adds on the extras and Lions add 2 points to their score.

  • 74'

    TRY, LIONS, ERASMUS! 40-16: Lourens Erasmus scores another try for the Lions and it is their 5th try of the game.

  • 72'

    Lions concede another penalty through Lionel Mapoe for not rolling away from the ruck.

  • 70'

    With 10 minutes remaining, Lions have scored 4 tries and the Highlanders have scored 2.

  • 68'

    The conversion is missed with 12 minutes remaining in the game and the Lions still have a 19-point lead.

  • 67'

    Jaco van der Walt cuts through the defence and makes a good run down-field into the Highlanders' half.

  • 67'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 35-16: The Highlanders score through Sopoaga as he goes on to score his 5th try of this season. Highlanders trail by 19 points.

  • 66'

    Highlanders concede another penalty through Tom Franklin for being offside of the ruck.

  • 64'

    Lions concede another penalty through Elton Jantjies for a deliberate knock down of the ball.

  • 60'

    It has been a good game so far and the Lions have really done well to keep the lead and score consistently. They hold a big lead going into the final 20 minutes.

  • 57'

    Highlanders concede another penalty through Greg Pleasants-Tate for tackling a player in the air.

  • 56'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 35-11: Jantjies kicks the ball in to add on the extras and the lead is pushed to 24 points.

  • 55'

    TRY, LIONS, KRIEL! 28-11: Elton Jantjies kicks the ball and Jaco Kriel chases it and then puts in a brilliant run to take the ball all the way. This is his 6th try of the season and Lions maintain their lead over the Highlanders.

  • 55'

    TRY, LIONS, KRIEL! 33-11: Elton Jantjies kicks the ball and Jaco Kriel chases it and then puts in a brilliant run to take the ball all the way. This is his 6th try of the season and Lions maintain their lead over the Highlanders.

  • 52'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 28-11: Highlanders concede a penalty for being caught offside and Jantjies kicks the ball in to push the lead even further to 17 points.

  • 50'

    The conversion is missed as Sopoaga kicks the ball wide and the Highlanders trail by 14 points.

  • 48'

    The conversion is missed to the lead will stay to 19 points.

  • 48'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FADDES! 25-11: Highlanders attack in response to the Lions try and Faddes breaks through the defence and takes it all the way for the first Highlanders' try.

  • 46'

    TRY, LIONS, SKOSAN! 25-6: Jantjies sets up the try with a break and a good pass and then Skosan is very quick to run through the defence and he scores another try for the Lions.

  • 45'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 20-6: Jantjies kicks the penalty beautifully from 46 metres out and Lions push the lead to 14 points.

  • 44'

    Highlanders concede another penalty through Josh Hohneck for collapsing the scrum.

  • 41'

    Second half begins.

  • 40'

    Lions concede another penalty, through Courtnall Skosan for not releasing the ball.

  • 40'

    PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 17-6: Lima Sopoaga kicks the penalty perfectly and reduces the margin to 11 points, just before half time.

  • 40'

    Half time: Lions 17-6 Highlanders.

  • 38'

    Highlanders are under pressure as they concede another penalty through Daniel Lienert-Brown for the front row standing up.

  • 34'

    The last few minutes of the first half remain and the Lions have scored two tries and hold a 14 point lead at home.

  • 31'

    Lima Sopoaga misses the kickable penalty from right in front of the posts and Lions lead by 14 points.

  • 30'

    Lions concede another penalty, through Ruan Combrinck for not releasing the ball.

  • 28'

    Highlanders look to attack with Malakai Fekitoa who makes a good run through the gap in the defence and takes the ball forward.

  • 26'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 17-3: Jantjies makes no mistake in adding on the extras and it is an easy conversion. The lead is pushed to 14 points.

  • 24'

    TRY, LIONS, JANSE VAN RENSBURG! 15-3: Rohan Janse van Rensburg scores his 10th try of the season and it is a brilliant one. Important try for the Lions.

  • 21'

    Highlanders concede another penalty for being caught offside.

  • 21'

    PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 10-3: Jantjies kicks the ball in and adds three points to the score. The lead is 7 points.

  • 19'

    PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 7-3: Lima Sopoaga kicks the penalty goal perfectly and the margin is cut down to 4 points.

  • 18'

    Lions concede a penalty, after Highlanders make a break. Jaco Kriel goes off his feet in the ruck.

  • 16'

    Highlanders concede another penalty, through Matt Faddes for joining the ruck incorrectly.

  • 13'

    CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 7-0: Jantjies kicks the ball in and adds on the extras to push the lead to 7 points.

  • 12'

    TRY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 5-0: Jantjies scores the first try of the game and Lions take the lead. Combrinck took the ball forward after Jaco Kriel set up the break with a good pass. Jantjies took the ball over the line and claimed the try.

  • 10'

    Ruan Combrinck fails to score the penalty goal and take the lead for the Lions from 48 metres out.

  • 9'

    Highlanders concede a penalty through Daniel Lienert-Brown for collapsing the scrum.

  • 7'

    Lions look to attack as Courtnall Skosan runs through the defence and makes some good ground in the Highlanders' territory.

  • 4'

    Both teams are sharing possession almost equally in these opening minutes.

  • 2'

    Ben Smith runs through the defence and puts in a long run.

  • 1'

    First half begins.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the second semi-final of Super Rugby 2016 from the Emirates Airlines Park in Johannesburg. The Lions take on the Highlanders.

  • 0'

    Highlanders are the defending champions and Lions have really played well this season to get to this point. This should be a very interesting game.

  • 0'

    Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Courtnal Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf De Klerk, 8 Ruan Ackermann, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Jaco Kriel (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylon Smith

  • 0'

    Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (c), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Matt Faddes, 12 Malakai Fekitoa, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Josh Hohneck, 2 Ash Dixon, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown

  • 0'

    Jaco Kriel will lead the Lions in the absence of Warren Whiteley who has failed to recover from a calf injury. Ruan Ackermann will start at number eight.

  • 0'

    Highlanders head coach Jamie Jospeh after the win over the Brumbies in Canberra. James Lentjes comes in for Shane Christie and lock Alex Ainley replaces Luke Whitelock who moves to number 8. In the backs, the versatile Marty Banks makes his return from injury to take his place among the replacements.

  • 0'

    Jaco Peyper is the referee today with Ben O?Keefe and AJ Jacobs assisting him and Shaun Veldsman is the TMO.

Jump to

Lions Highlanders
  • 5 Tries 4
    • 11' Elton Jantjies
    • 24' Rohan Janse van Rensburg
    • 45' Courtnall Skosan
    • 54' Jaco Kriel
    • 73' Lourens Erasmus
    • 47' Matt Faddes
    • 65' Lima Sopoaga
    • 74' Waisake Naholo
    • 80' Joseph Wheeler
  • 4 Conversions 2
    • 12' Elton Jantjies
    • 25' Elton Jantjies
    • 55' Elton Jantjies
    • 74' Elton Jantjies
    • 75' Lima Sopoaga
    • 80' Lima Sopoaga
  • 3 Penalties 2
    • 20' Elton Jantjies
    • 44' Elton Jantjies
    • 51' Elton Jantjies
    • 18' Lima Sopoaga
    • 40' Lima Sopoaga
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 0 Yellow Cards 0
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Dylan Smith
  • Malcolm Marx
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Andries Ferreira
  • Franco Mostert
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Warwick Tecklenburg
  • Ruan Ackermann
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Courtnall Skosan
  • Rohan Janse van Rensburg
  • Lionel Mapoe
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • Andries Coetzee
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Dan Lienert-Brown
  • Ash Dixon
  • Josh Hohneck
  • Alex Ainley
  • Thomas Franklin
  • Elliot Dixon
  • James Lentjes
  • Luke Whitelock
  • Aaron Smith
  • Lima Sopoaga
  • Patrick Osborne
  • Malakai Fekitoa
  • Matt Faddes
  • Waisake Naholo
  • Ben Smith
  • Armand van der Merwe
  • Corne Fourie
  • Jacques Van Rooyen
  • Lourens Erasmus
  • Stephan de Wit
  • Ross Cronje
  • Howard Mnisi
  • Jaco van der Walt
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Greg Pleasants-Tate
  • Aki Seiuli
  • Ross Geldenhuys
  • Joseph Wheeler
  • Liam Squire
  • Dan Pryor
  • Te Aihe Toma
  • Marty Banks

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