CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 38-29: Jantjies makes no mistake with the conversion and that will be the game to the Lions.
FULL-TIME: LIONS 38-29 HIGHLANDERS. The Lions kept the tempo up throughout the game and managed to tip the game in their favour in the second half. Highlanders struggled in the second half, but they kept up with the Lions for most of the game. Five tries from both sides, but the Lions win by 9 points at home.
TRY, LIONS, SKOSAN! 36-29: Dyantyi with a lot of speed and power on the left wing and he has Skosan to support him. Skosan gets the pass and takes it over the line. A fast try from the Lions.
A knock on from Tomkinson who has had a good afternoon and the Lions will get the scrum. Just a couple of minutes remaining in the game and just two points the difference between the two sides.
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, HOLLINSHEAD! 31-29: Easy conversion from the Highlanders and it is a two-point game with just a few minutes remaining.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 31-27: The TMO has been asked the question. Josh Ioane thinks he has scored, so does the on-field referee. Good build up from them and then Ioane manages to push through a score for them.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 31-22: A nice conversion from Jantjies and the Lions push their lead to 9 points with 7 minutes remaining in the game.
TRY, LIONS, REYNOLDS! 29-22: Nice passes from Jantjies and Dyantyi in front of some heavy Highlanders traffic. The Lions recycle the ball well and patiently build it up. Reynolds manages to take the ball over the line for another try.
We are going into the final 10 minutes of the game and the Lions hold a slim lead. They are attacking again and they will be looking to score from here.
The Lions win a penalty as Lienert-Brown concedes it for wheeling the scrum. Marx has been such a work horse today, the has led the side from the front.
It is a fast, attacking game from both sides. That leads to a few handling errors and there will be a few tired bodies out there now.
PENALTY, LIONS, JANTJIES! 24-22: Lentjes concedes a penalty for not rolling away and the Lions will take the points to take the lead. Jantjies makes no mistake with the penalty goal and the Lions lead by 2 points.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FADDES! 21-22: Great work from Aaron Smith who gets the loose ball and then draws in the defence. He passes the ball to Faddes on the wing who goes on to score a try against the run of play. Highlanders take the lead by one point as Hollinshead misses the conversion.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, HYLAND! 21-17: Good pass from Tomkinson, he times it really well and then Hyland takes it over the line on the left wing. The conversion is missed by Hollinshead. The Lions lead by 4 points.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 21-12: Jantjies makes no mistake with the conversion and the lead is pushed to 9 points. The Highlanders make a few changes to get some fresh legs on the field.
TRY, LIONS, K SMITH! 19-12: The Lions have worked the ball through 17 phases and the Highlanders concede a penalty for being caught offside. Kwagga Smith takes the penalty quickly and powers his way over the try line. The Lions score the first try of the second half.
The Lions are knocking on the door and they pass the ball and look to keep moving forward towards that try line. The Highlanders have done well to stop them so far.
The referee gives a penalty to the Lions. Lomax collapses the scrum and Jantjies will kick this to the corner for a lineout.
Good handling from the Highlanders, they put together some fast and accurate passes but the Lions manage to turn over the ball and they look to attack.
A good clearance from Jantjies and this will be a lineout. Coltman is down again as the Highlanders try to slow things down. A short break in play.
Dylan Smith concedes a penalty for not releasing the ball.
HALF-TIME: LIONS 14-12 HIGHLANDERS. The Highlanders were slowing down the pace of the game. They might be feeling the high altitude. Two tries from each side, the only difference between the two sides was the missed conversion. Lions lead by two points.
Kick-off! The second half begins as Ioane gets us underway.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 14-12: Jantjies converts the try and the Lions are in the lead again by two points.
TRY, LIONS, K SMITH! 12-12: The on-field decision is a try but the TMO is checking for a deliberate knock down of the ball by Franklin. But Smith manages to go on a he scores the try for the Lions. Good passing from the Lions, good team try.
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, IOANE! 7-12: It is an easy conversion for Josh Ioane and the Highlanders push their lead to 5 points.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, FRANKLIN! 7-10: Good, fast and accurate passes from the Highlanders as they attack and the Ioane with the pop pass to Franklin who just walks it over the try line. Highlanders lead by 3.
A short break in play as some players get some running repairs. Marx has a cut on this forehead.
The Lions look to build patiently after the lineout, they have a knock on advantage. They are working the ball through a few phases.
We are in the final 10 minutes of the first half and it has been an exciting game so far. The Highlanders have missed a conversion and so the Lions lead by 2 points. The Highlanders concede another penalty for not releasing the ball, Marx wins it.
Fast, fast play from both sides as the Lions look to run at the try line. Skosan kicks the ball through and looks to get the ball but Ioane gathers and kicks it and then Faddes knocks the ball on as the Highlanders look to attack.
The scrum is reset by the referee. The Lions are under pressure here and the Highlanders will look to score.
A penalty to the Lions as Johnston concedes it for wheeling the scrum. A strong scrum from the Lions and they do well under pressure.
Thompson with a nice run through the defence as they execute their plans well. They pass the ball around well and look to score but there is a knock on and the Highlanders have a scrum on the 5 metre line.
Poor lineout again from the Lions and the Highlanders manage to clear the ball. The Lions were close to scoring another try there.
A penalty to the Lions after the lineout. Whitelock concedes the penalty firstly for a side entry and then for collapsing the maul.
A penalty to the Lions and there is a bit of pushing and shoving between the players. The Highlanders are caught offside.
It has been a fast start to the game, it has slowed down a little bit in the last couple of minutes. The Lions controlling more than 60% of the possession.
CONVERSION, LIONS, JANTJIES! 7-5: Jantjies adds on the extras and that will be the difference between these two sides. Lions lead by two points.
TRY, LIONS, COETZEE! 5-5: A nice pass from Jantjies to Smith who just powers through the defence and then he passes the ball to Coetzee who scores the try after a nice run. Good try from the hosts.
Another penalty to the Lions as Lomax concedes it for not rolling away. This will be another lineout to the home side.
The Lions are working the ball through a few phases and the crowd appeals for a penalty but the referee is not interested.
Tomkinson concedes a penalty to the Lions for not rolling away. Jantjies kicks the ball to the corner for the lineout. A rare poor throw from Marx and the ball is turned over.
The conversion is missed by Josh Ioane, he just drags it to the left of the uprights and the score remains on 0-5.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, TOMKINSON! 0-5: Skosan concedes a penalty and the Highlanders take it quickly. They push the ball out wide to the right wing where Tomkinson scores the first try of the game.
It is a fast start to the game and the Highlanders have a lineout but the Lions win it. They are looking to increase the pace of the game.
A knock on from Skosan and this will be the first scrum of the game.
Kick-off! The first half begins as Jantjies gets things underway.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby clash between the Lions and the Highlanders from the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg.
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Stephan Lewies, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx (captain), 1 Dylan Smith
Substitutes: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Vincent Tshituka, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Shaun Reynolds, 23 Tyrone Green
Highlanders: 15 Matt Faddes, 14 Jordan Hyland, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Sio Tomkinson, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Shannon Frizell, 7 Luke Whitelock (captain), 6 Dillon Hunt, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Josh Dickson, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Ayden Johnstone
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Daniel Lienert-Brown, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 James Lentjes, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Dan Hollinshead, 23 Waisake Naholo
Marx will lead the Lions today as Warren Whiteley will miss it because of another injury. Warren Whiteley has suffered a few injuries over the years.
Dylan Smith comes in for in for Sti Sithole loosehead prop, while Kwagga Smith moves to No 8 in place of Whiteley.
The Highlanders have made 8 previous visits to the Lions, losing 6 and winning 2 (1999 and 2005).
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