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38
FT
Blues
BLU
Super Rugby
Saturday 10 March 2018, 10:15am EST

Lions v Blues

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  • ConversionStephen Perofeta
    80'
  • FT
  • TRY!Murphy Taramai
    79'
  • ConversionStephen Perofeta
    75'
  • TRY!Jimmy Tupou
    74'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    73'
  • TRY!Dylan Smith
    72'
  • ConversionStephen Perofeta
    69'
  • TRY!Rieko Ioane
    68'
  • ConversionStephen Perofeta
    63'
  • TRY!Rieko Ioane
    62'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    55'
  • TRY!Aphiwe Dyantyi
    54'
  • ConversionBryn Gatland
    40'
  • HT
  • TRY!Akira Ioane
    38'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    38'
  • TRY!Elton Jantjies
    36'
  • Penalty GoalBryn Gatland
    21'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    16'
  • TRY!Rohan Janse van Rensburg
    14'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    3'
  • TRY!Sylvian Mahuza
    1'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
461
663
Metres
30
59
Carries
20
38
Defenders beaten
13
13
Clean breaks
110
218
Passes
10
19
Offloads
18
14
Turnovers conceded
7
8
Turnovers won
137
63
Tackles
38
20
Missed tackles
Lions T C P
15 Andries Coetzee 0 0 0
14 Sylvian Mahuza 1 0 0
13 Lionel Mapoe 0 0 0
12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg 1 0 0
11 Aphiwe Dyantyi 1 0 0
10 Elton Jantjies 1 5 0
9 Ross Cronje 0 0 0
1 Jacques Van Rooyen 0 0 0
2 Malcolm Marx 0 0 0
3 Ruan Dreyer 0 0 0
4 Andries Ferreira 0 0 0
5 Marvin Orie 0 0 0
6 Cyle Brink 0 0 0
7 Franco Mostert 0 0 0
8 Warren Whiteley 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Robbie Coetzee 0 0 0
17 Dylan Smith 1 0 0
18 Jacobie Adriaanse 0 0 0
19 Lourens Erasmus 0 0 0
20 Kwagga Smith 0 0 0
21 Ashlon Davids 0 0 0
22 Harold Vorster 0 0 0
23 Hacjivah Dayimani 0 0 0
Blues T C P
15 Michael Collins 0 0 0
14 Matt Duffie 0 0 0
13 Rieko Ioane 2 0 0
12 Sonny Bill Williams 0 0 0
11 Melani Nanai 0 0 0
10 Bryn Gatland 0 1 1
9 Sam Nock 0 0 0
1 Alex Hodgman 0 0 0
2 James Parsons 0 0 0
3 Ofa Tu'ungafasi 0 0 0
4 Patrick Tuipulotu 0 0 0
5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti 0 0 0
6 Jerome Kaino 0 0 0
7 Antonio Kirikiri 0 0 0
8 Akira Ioane 1 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Ross Wright 0 0 0
17 Pauliasi Manu 0 0 0
18 Mike Tamoaieta 0 0 0
19 Scott Scrafton 0 0 0
20 Jimmy Tupou 1 0 0
21 Jonathan Ruru 0 0 0
22 Stephen Perofeta 0 4 0
23 Murphy Taramai 1 0 0

Standings

Super Rugby

RANK TEAM RPI TOTAL
4 Lions 63 46
14 Blues 44 22
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  • FULL TIME - The final whistle sounds to end a classic encounter in Johannesburg!  The Lions looked to have the match wrapped up entering the final ten minutes of this match however the Blues stormed home with two late tries including the match winner after the final siren.  The Blues register their first win of the 2018 season with a 38-35 victory over the Lions in a match that will be long remembered.
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  • The Blues have snatched it at the death!  The Lions' defence holds on to the very last but in the end pure weight of numbers proves too much for the home side with Murphy Taramai rolling over the top to score beside the posts.  An incredible come back from the visitors who have overcome all the odds to win in a heart stopper.
    80'''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Blues (Stephen Perofeta) 38-35 Blues
    80'''
  • Try
    TRY! Blues (Murphy Taramai) 36-35 Blues
    80'''
  • So close for the Blues!  Michael Collins can sniff the try line but he is tackled just short of the paint - however, the ball is still available for the visitors.
    80''
  • The clock ticks down to the final 90 seconds - the Blues have the scrum feed with just enough time on the clock if they are good enough.
    79''
  • No try!  Aphiwe Dyantyi lunges desperately at the ball that is bobbling around inside the in-goal area - the on-field decision is a try however the video replay shows the winger did not have control of the ball.
    78''
  • The Blues will simply not go away!  Jimmy Tupou cannot be stopped from close range and he smashes his way over the line to drag the visitors back within a converted try - what a finish in Johannesburg!!!!
    77''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Blues (Stephen Perofeta) 35-31 Lions
    77''
  • Try
    TRY! Blues (Jimmy Tupou) 35-29 Lions
    76''
  • The Lions hit back!  The Lions come up with a crucial five-pointer - another short and sharp pass from Ross Cronje finds Dylan Smith who has plenty of work to do but he manages to find the paint.
    74''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 35-24 Lions
    73''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Dylan Smith) 33-24 Lions
    72''
  • A rare attacking opportunity here for the Lions who have the line out inside the Blues' 22.
    71''
  • Here come the Blues!  Rieko Ioane spots a gap in the defensive line and slices through before darting away to score a crucial try - it's a 4 point ball game with the Blues finishing all over the top of the Lions.
    69''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Blues (Stephen Perofeta) 28-24 Lions
    69''
  • Try
    TRY! Blues (Rieko Ioane) 28-22 Lions
    68''
  • Stephen Perofeta looks to pin the Lions down inside their 22 with a kick in behind the defence that rolls into touch.
    66''
  • Excellent fluid movement of the ball by the Lions however the Blues are quick to mount the counter attack, marching the ball back up towards the half way line.
    65''
  • The Blues are over!  Finally some reward for the visitors with a clever looping pass falling into the arms of Rieko Ioane who crashes over to score in the corner - still plenty of time on the clock for the visitors if they are good enough.
    64''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Blues (Stephen Perofeta) 28-17 Lions
    63''
  • Try
    TRY! Blues (Rieko Ioane) 28-15 Lions
    61''
  • We are inside the final quarter with the Blues dominating general play but simply unable to break down this disciplined Lions' defence.
    61''
  • A penalty right in front of the posts for the Blues - this time they turn down a shot at the posts and elect to take the scrum feed.
    59''
  • The crowd is up on their feet as the Lions stream towards the try line but the whistle has blown with play to come back for a forward pass.
    58''
  • The Blues have surged once again inside Lions' territory but yet again will come up empty handed with the home side winning back possession right on their own line.
    56''
  • The Lions score the first try of the second half!  Completely against the run of play, Aphiwe Dyantyi, reading the play to perfection, pulls off the intercept before exploding away to touch down under the posts.
    55''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 28-10 Lions
    54''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Aphiwe Dyantyi) 26-10 Lions
    54''
  • Ross Cronje pins his ears back and slices through the defence to get the Lions inside Blues' territory and on the front foot in attack.
    51''
  • MISS! It's just not happening at the moment for Bryn Gatland from the tee - for the second time in a matter of minutes, the Blues' flyhalf has pushed his penalty goal attempt out to the right.
    50''
  • A second consecutive penalty to the Blues - Bryn Gatland will line up the posts once again though this time he is much further out.
    49''
  • MISS!  A crucial opportunity goes begging with Bryn Gatland's penalty goal attempt sliding wide of the uprights - that could be a very important miss in the context of this match.
    48''
  • Penalty to the Blues!  A crucial victory up front at scrum time for the visitors and it will be Bryn Gatland to line up to try and drag the Blues closer.
    47''
  • This match is right in the balance at the moment - the Blues need to score next and are throwing everything at the Lions' defence but the visitors simply cannot manage to find a way through.
    45''
  • The Lions look to spread out to the left however an awkward pass from Lionel Mapoe doesn't give Aphiwe Dyantyi much chance and the winger has put it down.
    45''
  • The Blues are pressing however an errant pass from Bryn Gatland gives the Lions a chance to boot the ball off the ground and out of the danger zone.
    44''
  • The first scrum of the second half - the Blues have the feed just outside the Lions' 22.
    42''
  • SECOND HALF - The Blues kick off to get the second half underway.
    41''
  • HALF TIME - The half time whistle sounds in a highly entertaining high class contest.  The Lions showed their class in both attack and defence to score three tries and hold out the Blues on multiple occasions.  The visitors did hit back with a late try however to keep themselves in the match going into the second half.  At half time, the Lions lead by 21-10.
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  • The Blues have their first try of the match!  Akira Ioane is quick to pounce from the turnover ball, shaking off the tackle before striding away to touch down under the posts.
    40'''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Blues (Bryn Gatland) 21-10 Lions
    40'''
  • Try
    TRY! Blues (Akira Ioane) 21-8 Lions
    40''
  • Try number three for the Lions!  After holding on for so long, the dam wall finally breaks with a quick short pass finding Elton Jantjies who crashes over.
    39''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 21-3 Lions
    39''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 19-3 Lions
    38''
  • The arm wrestle continues with the scrum reset and the put in will be retaken just 5m out from the Blues' line.
    36''
  • A penalty against the Blues' forward pack at scrum time - the Lions elect to keep the blowtorch on the visitors by electing to take another scrum feed.
    35''
  • Melani Nanai is penalised for off side and the Lions don't hesitate in electing to take the scrum feed - they are just 5m out from the Blues' line.
    33''
  • Akira Ioane is penalised for an errant boot in the ruck and the Lions have a chance to set up in attack - Elton Jantjies' kick for touch takes play deep inside the Blues' 22.
    32''
  • The Blues have enjoyed 65% of territory in this opening half hour however they haven't been able to convert this advantage into points on the scoreboard.
    30''
  • A terrific kick from Bryn Gatland whose kick for touch rolls over into touch inside the Lions' 22.
    27''
  • Terrific strength over the ball from Malcolm Marx who prevents the ball from coming out and wins a penalty for the home side.
    26''
  • Sonny Bill Williams steps through the tackle but his offload doesn't go to hand - the Blues manage to clean up and maintain possession inside Lions' territory.
    24''
  • More injury concerns for the Lions with the second try scorer Rohan Janse van Rensburg now also receiving treatment for what appears to be a knee injury.
    24''
  • The news from the sidelines is that Warren Whiteley has succumbed to that left knee injury and he will be replaced by Kwagga Smith.
    23''
  • Bryn Gatland raises the flags with his kick from point blank range to give the Blues their first points of the match.
    22''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Blues (Bryn Gatland) 14-3 Lions
    22''
  • Malcolm Marx is off his feet and has conceded a penalty to the Blues who, on this occasion, will take a shot at the three points on offer.
    19''
  • We have a lengthy break in play with Warren Whiteley on the turf and receiving treatment to his left knee - the Lions' skipper eventually gets to his feet and it looks as though he is set to continue.
    19''
  • It's been a brilliant start to this match from the Lions who have been dominant both in defence and in attack in this opening quarter.
    19''
  • The Lions are in for their second!  Sonny Bill Williams can't hang onto a slick pass and the ball falls to Rohan Janse van Rensburg who links up with Elton Jantjies - the inside-centre receives the ball back before striding away to score.
    17''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 14-0 Lions
    17''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Rohan Janse van Rensburg) 12-0 Lions
    16''
  • The Lions advance quickly towards the Blues' line but the ball comes loose allowing Sam Nock a chance to hoof the ball clear and out of the danger zone.
    15''
  • Terrific defence from the home side to keep the Blues out - the race is on following a dab kick through from Sonny Bill Williams but the Lions have all the numbers in the in-goal area.
    12''
  • The Blues are on the march once again deep in Lions' territory but the defence of the home side, under immense pressure, manages to hold firm.
    10''
  • An excellent clearance from the Lions with the kick for touch from Elton Jantjies taking play up toward the half way line.
    9''
  • The rolling maul from the Blues comes up just a couple of metres short of the try line and the turnover ball is with the Lions who have the put in.
    7''
  • Penalty to the Blues!  The visitors turn down a certain three points with Bryn Gatland kicking the ball into touch deep inside the Lions' 22.
    5''
  • The Lions are in for the first try of the match!  Brilliant quick thinking from Ross Cronje who caught the Blues' defence on the back foot with a quick tap from the penalty and his pinpoint cut out pass found Sylvian Mahuza who dived in to score.
    4''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 7-0 Lions
    4''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Sylvian Mahuza) 5-0 Lions
    2''
  • An early handling error from Sonny Bill Williams hands the Lions an early attacking opportunity.
    1''
  • FIRST HALF - Elton Jantjies kicks off for the home side to get us underway!
    1''
  • It’s a tough assignment for the Blues who currently sit winless at the bottom of the New Zealand conference.  The men from Auckland haven’t been far away however with both of their matches, against the Highlanders and the Chiefs, going right down to the wire.
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  • The Lions sit at the top of the South African conference and have shown they are once again a force to be reckoned with in 2018.  After overcoming the Sharks in a thrilling contest in week 1, they have continued their good form by comfortably accounting for the Jaguares and the Bulls.
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  • The second match of the week 4 South African double header sees the Lions face off against the Blues.
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