FULL-TIME: LIONS 12-30 BULLS. Two tries per side but the Bulls manage to score more points because of penalties and they have dominated the game. Lions played better in the second half but handling errors cost them in the end. Bulls win by 18 points.
We are in the final minute of the game and the Bulls have looked dominant throughout this game. The Lions have played better in the second half.
Another handling error from the Lions and Kriel drills the clearance kick deep in the Lions half to push them back.
CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD! 12-30: A brilliant conversion from Pollard, this was a difficult kick, and the Bulls push the lead to 18 points.
TRY, BULLS, GELANT! 12-28: Brilliant from the Bulls, good team try and Gelant scores his first of the game. An error from the Lions, the Bulls get the ball, pass it wide to Gelant on the left and score 5 more points.
A bit of scrappy play from both sides and the frustration boils over with some pushing and shoving.
The lineout is knocked on by Marx and the Bulls get the ball and attack from the right wing.
The Lions win another penalty and we are in the final 10 minutes of the game. The Lions have score two tries, the Bulls have one. But the visitors have managed to score more points because of penalties.
Good passing from the Lions, they drive it wide to Dyantyi who looks to kick and chase but his kick takes the ball into touch.
Great scrum from the Lions and Jantjies kicks it deep for a lineout. The Lions are looking strong in the last few minutes.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 12-23: Jantjies with the quick drop kick conversion and the Lions look like they are going to attack more and fight.
TRY, LIONS, SMITH! 10-23: Dylan Smith manages to take the ball over the line for the Lions. They need the points. Bulls defended well but the Lions found a way through them.
The Bulls concede a penalty through Kriel for not releasing the ball.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 5-23: This is a long penalty kick for the Bulls, Pollard gets it right and adds three points to the score. Brilliant kick from him.
The Lions are playing really well in the second half, compared to their first. Bulls still have a healthy lead.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 5-20: Pollard makes no mistake with the penalty goal and he is having a good kicking game today. He has only missed a conversion so far.
A penalty for a high tackle as Mapoe brings down Papier. Great work from Papier to run back and get to the ball before Mapoe.
The Lions look to attack but Smith gives away a penalty as he is isolated and he fails to release the ball.
Brits is caught offside and the referee brings the play back for a penalty to the Lions. Jantjies with a good kick to the corner for a lineout.
A nice restart from Pollard and the Bulls, Hendricks with a nice take but then he concedes a penalty for not rolling away.
The conversion is a difficult one and is missed by Jantjies. The score will remain on 5-17.
TRY, LIONS, SADIE! 5-17: The Lions were desperate for some points and they keep attacking and Sadie eventually takes it over the line on the ring wing. Good play by the Lions, they really needed that.
Combrinck is going off for a HIA. Skosan comes on for the Lions.
Brits is getting some medical treatment. He has been busy today and has had a good game so far.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 0-17: Pollard makes no mistake with the penalty goal and scores the first points of the second half. Bulls lead by 17.
Bulls are asked to up the tempo when they take the lineout. The referee not happy with them wasting time.
HALF-TIME: LIONS 0-14 BULLS. A tough first half as captain for Marx because it has been all Bulls. They have controlled possession, put pressure on the Lions and scored all the points. Lions will have to score early in the second half to stay in the game.
The second half begins as Pollard kicks us off.
We are in the final minute of the first half and it has been all Bulls in this half. The Lions have made mistakes and have failed to get into any kind of rhythm.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 0-14: Pollard decides to take the kick and takes the points pushing the lead to 14.
Some poor tackling from the Lions as Specman puts in another great run and the Bulls are working the ball through a few phases again.
Brits reads the Lions lineout really well, runs in to get the ball but manages to knock it forward and this will be a scrum. Lions under pressure again.
Stephan Lewies concedes a penalty for a neck roll and the TMO gives it a penalty to the Bulls.
Combrinck gets the ball and has to kick it out to clear. Bulls are attacking really well and are controlling possession.
The conversion is missed by Pollard so the score remains on 0-11.
Smith concedes a penalty for not supporting his body weight and the Lions make another error.
TRY, BULLS, VERMEULEN! 0-11: Specman with the initial linebreak after getting a pass from Sage and the Bulls keep the momentum going. Vermeulen powers over the line and scores the first try of the game.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 0-6: Pollard makes no mistake with an easy penalty goal and he pushes the Bulls lead to 6 points.
Bulls on the attack again and they keep the pressure on the Lions. Combrinck concedes a penalty for not releasing the ball carrier.
A slight frustration from the Lions as they have to defend again. They have not been able to turn the ball over and take the attack to the visitors.
Liebenberg concedes a penalty for a neck roll and the Lions kick the ball to the corner for a lineout.
Knocked on! Another lucky break for the Lions as the Bulls knock the ball on after the lineout. It is Liebenberg who makes the mistake.
Schoeman concedes a penalty for not releasing the ball and the Bulls kick it out for a lineout.
The referee stops play because of a knock on from the Lions.
Good clearance from the Lions, after being under pressure. But they concede a penalty for a deliberate knock down. Marx concedes it.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD! 0-3: Handre Pollard lands a very difficult attempt from just to the left of the uprights and 47 metres out giving the Bulls the lead.
Lions are scrambling to defend again but they are playing under advantage so they will have a scrum close to their try line.
It is a scrum to the Lions but the referee is not happy with the engagement. Lions take the ball out and drive the ball wide. The pass to Combrinck is forward and that will be another scrum.
It has been a brilliant start for the Bulls. Lions have managed to hang on but they are on the back foot for most of these opening minutes.
Specman gets the ball from Gelant on the left wing and Combrinck makes a great tackle to stop Specman.
Good defence from Jantjies and then he puts in the clearance kick for a Bulls lineout.
A bit of a scramble for the Bulls after the scrum as Gelant fails to pick up the ball cleanly. They hold possession and look to attack.
The Lions are under a bit of pressure and it is a good start for the visitors.
Kick-off! The first half begins as the Lions kick us off. It is the first home game for the Lions this season.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Lions and the Bulls from Emirates Airlines Park.
Both teams are without their captains today as De Jager and Whiteley are injured.
Bulls: 1 L. Gqoboka, 2 S. Brits, 3 T. Nyakane, 4 J. Jenkins, 5 E. Snyman, 6 R. Steenkamp, 7 H. Liebenberg, 8 D. Vermeulen, 9 E. Papier, 10 H. Pollard, 11 R. Specman, 12 D. Sage, 13 Je. Kriel, 14 C. Hendricks, 15 W. Gelant,
Reserves: 16 C. Els, 17 S. Matanzima, 18 D. van der Westhuizen, 19 J. Kirsten, 20 T. Agaba, 21 I. van Zyl, 22 M. Libbok, 23 D. Rossouw
Lions: 1 D. Smith, 2 M. Marx, 3 C. Sadie, 4 R. Herbst, 5 S. Lewies, 6 K. Smith, 7 M. Schoeman, 8 H. Dayimani, 9 N. Groom, 10 E. Jantjies, 11 A. Dyanti, 12 H. Vorster, 13 L. Mapoe, 14 R. Combrinck, 15 A. Coetzee
Reserves: 16 P. Jansen, 17 S. Sithole, 18 F. van Wyk, 19 R. Kruger, 20 V. Tshituka, 21 R. Cronje, 22 F. Naude, 23 C. Skosan
Paul Williams is the referee today and Marius Jonker is the TMO.
Malcolm Marx will captain the Lions today for the first time.
Handre Pollard will lead the Bulls in the absence of De Jager.
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