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Lions
44
26
FT
Waratahs
WAR
Super Rugby
Saturday 28 July 2018, 9:05am EDT

Lions v Waratahs

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  • FT
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    79'
  • TRY!Courtnall Skosan
    78'
  • ConversionBernard Foley
    75'
  • TRY!Jake Gordon
    75'
  • Penalty GoalElton Jantjies
    73'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    63'
  • TRY!Kwagga Smith
    62'
  • TRY!Malcolm Marx
    57'
  • Yellow CardDamien Fitzpatrick
    56'
  • Penalty GoalElton Jantjies
    54'
  • HT
  • TRY!Tom Robertson
    38'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    36'
  • TRY!Malcolm Marx
    34'
  • ConversionElton Jantjies
    27'
  • TRY!Aphiwe Dyantyi
    25'
  • TRY!Kwagga Smith
    20'
  • ConversionBernard Foley
    9'
  • TRY!Israel Folau
    7'
  • ConversionBernard Foley
    5'
  • TRY!Ned Hanigan
    3'
  • KO

Stats

Match Stats
Player Stats
463
429
Metres
38
42
Carries
32
33
Defenders beaten
12
12
Clean breaks
111
165
Passes
5
4
Offloads
10
11
Turnovers conceded
9
5
Turnovers won
106
101
Tackles
33
32
Missed tackles
Lions T C P
15 Andries Coetzee 0 0 0
14 Ruan Combrinck 0 0 0
13 Lionel Mapoe 0 0 0
12 Harold Vorster 0 0 0
11 Aphiwe Dyantyi 1 0 0
10 Elton Jantjies 0 4 2
9 Ross Cronje 0 0 0
1 Jacques Van Rooyen 0 0 0
2 Malcolm Marx 2 0 0
3 Ruan Dreyer 0 0 0
4 Marvin Orie 0 0 0
5 Franco Mostert 0 0 0
6 Kwagga Smith 2 0 0
7 Lourens Erasmus 0 0 0
8 Warren Whiteley 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Corne Fourie 0 0 0
17 Dylan Smith 0 0 0
18 Johannes Jonker 0 0 0
19 Hacjivah Dayimani 0 0 0
20 Marnus Schoeman 0 0 0
21 Dillon Smit 0 0 0
22 Courtnall Skosan 1 0 0
23 Howard Mnisi 0 0 0
Waratahs T C P
15 Israel Folau 1 0 0
14 Alex Newsome 0 0 0
13 Curtis Rona 0 0 0
12 Kurtley Beale 0 0 0
11 Taqele Naiyaravoro 0 0 0
10 Bernard Foley 0 3 0
9 Nick Phipps 0 0 0
1 Tom Robertson 1 0 0
2 Silatolu Latu 0 0 0
3 Sekope Kepu 0 0 0
4 Jed Holloway 0 0 0
5 Rob Simmons 0 0 0
6 Ned Hanigan 1 0 0
7 Will Miller 0 0 0
8 Michael Wells 0 0 0
SUBSTITUTES T C P
16 Damien Fitzpatrick 0 0 0
17 Harry Johnson-Holmes 0 0 0
18 Paddy Ryan 0 0 0
19 Thomas Staniforth 0 0 0
20 Brad Wilkin 0 0 0
21 Jake Gordon 1 0 0
22 Bryce Hegarty 0 0 0
23 Cameron Clark 0 0 0

Standings

Super Rugby

RANK TEAM RPI TOTAL
4 Lions 63 46
5 Waratahs 51 44
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  • So it all comes down to next Saturday in Christchurch for a replay of last year's final - this time it will be the Crusaders hosting the Lions in what will undoubtedly be an epic 2018 Super Rugby final.  The Crusaders will be looking to make it two titles in a row whilst the Lions will be desperate to finally break through on their third attempt.
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  • FULL TIME - It's three Super Rugby finals in a row for the Lions!  The semi final was all tied up after a quarter of an hour in the second half but, once the home side got in front, there was no stopping them - they piled on three tries to one in the final 25 minutes to secure a runaway 44-26 victory over the Waratahs who were gallant in defeat but ultimately lacked the fire power to challenge the Lions on their home turf.
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  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 44-26 Lions
    80'''
  • The Lions are on their way to the 2018 Super Rugby final!  Outstanding vision from Elton Jantjies whose kick across field isolates two Lions standing out on their own - the unmarked Courtnall Skosan takes the ball before scampering over.
    80''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Courtnall Skosan) 42-26 Lions
    79''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Waratahs (Bernard Foley) 37-26 Lions
    78''
  • The Waratahs continue to push right to the final whistle!  Michael Wells does superbly to absorb the tackle before handing off to Jake Gordon - he is tackled short of the line but uses his momentum to find the chalk.
    77''
  • Try
    TRY! Waratahs (Jake Gordon) 37-24 Lions
    77''
  • It's over!  The distance is right on the range of Elton Jantjies' right boot and his long range attempt drops over to raise the flags.
    75''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 37-19 Lions
    75''
  • Penalty to the Lions!  With the match well within their keeping, Elton Jantjies will line up from beyond the half way line to well and truly put this semi final beyond the Waratahs' reach.
    73''
  • Sloppy play from the Waratahs with the pass from Bernard Foley not going to hand - the visitors manage to hang onto possession but have lost some valuable metres.
    72''
  • It's not to be!  The Lions pinch the Waratahs' line out ball and relieve some pressure with a solid clearance into touch.
    71''
  • Penalty to the Waratahs!  Bernard Foley finds the touch line inside the Lions' 22 - it's almost the last roll of the dice for the visitors now who simply must score from this attacking foray.
    69''
  • Have the Waratahs got anything left in the tank?  The visitors look to be almost out on their feet as the effects of altitude start to really take their toll - Bernard Foley is sucking in the big ones after scampering back to win the ball and securing a timely penalty.
    67''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 34-19 Lions
    66''
  • Ellis Park is jumping at the moment!  Quick thinking from Kwagga Smith who spots a gap in the Waratahs' line and the flanker bursts through almost untouched before scoring his second five-pointer of the match.
    65''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Kwagga Smith) 32-19 Lions
    64''
  • The Waratahs spread the ball out to the left but the long pass misses the target which lets in the rampaging Lions.
    63''
  • MISS! The ball falls off the tee as Elton Jantjies was making his approach and he can't get his conversion attempt away - the Lions lead by 8 with a quarter of the match to play.
    62''
  • The Lions are right on the verge of a berth in the Super Rugby final!  Another monstrous rolling maul drives the Waratahs all the way back to their line before Malcolm Marx crashes over to score his second try of the semi final.
    59''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Malcolm Marx) 27-19 Lions
    59''
  • Yellow Card
    YELLOW CARD!  More pain here for the Waratahs who are right under the pump at the moment - Damien Fitzpatrick is penalised for loitering and, to rub further salt into the wound, the sub is banished to the sin bin for 10 minutes.
    57''
  • The Lions edge ahead in the semi final!  Elton Jantjies makes no mistake from point blank range to put the home side in the driving seat after a quarter of an hour in this second half.
    55''
  • Penalty Goal
    PENALTY GOAL! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 22-19 Lions
    55''
  • The Lions build some huge momentum here and they surge within 5m of the Waratahs' line before being awarded a penalty dead in front of the posts.
    53''
  • An opening here for the Waratahs with Malcolm Marx's throw to the line out not in straight - the Waratahs have a scrum feed halfway between the 10m and 22m lines.
    52''
  • Outstanding work over the ball from Malcolm Marx!  The Lions' hooker has won the home side a crucial penalty right on the last line of defence.
    51''
  • An important territorial gain for the Waratahs who have been under the pump in the opening minutes of this second half - the visitors have a line out throw 20m out from the Lions' line.
    49''
  • MISS! The kick from Elton Jantjies clatters into the woodwork and the Waratahs have all the numbers at the fall of the ball - a lucky escape there for the visitors.
    48''
  • The Lions are hammering the Waratahs' defence at the moment and win a penalty right in front of the posts - the elect to take a shot at the three points on offer with Elton Jantjies to line up from close range.
    46''
  • Penalty to the home side!  The Lions' forward pack has the upper hand in the scrum contest and they are rewarded - Elton Jantjies kicks for touch and takes play back to half way.
    44''
  • Israel Folau almost puts away Taqele Naiyaravoro with space opening up out to the left hand side however the winger can't quite rake in the ball - scrum feed to the Lions right on their own 22m line.
    42''
  • The Waratahs will be looking to start fast in the second half, as they did in the first, whilst the Lions will be looking to build on the momentum they had going into the half time break.
    41''
  • SECOND HALF - It all comes down to the next 40 minutes!  Elton Jantjies kicks off for the Lions to get the second half underway.
    40''
  • HALF TIME - What a contest we have on our hands in Johannesburg!  The Waratahs burst from the blocks with the opening two tries of the match before the Lions wrested back control - the home side looked destined for a half time lead however a late strike from the visitors in the final minute has the semi final all square at the break.  At half time in what is shaping as a classic, it is the Lions 19 Waratahs 19.
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  • MISS! Bernard Foley takes plenty of time with his conversion attempt but pushes his kick out to the right in what will be the final action of the first half.
    40'''
  • We are all square at Ellis Park!  A wonderfully executed set piece play from the Waratahs who go short at the line out - with the Lions' defence caught off-guard, Tom Robertson slips through to score a crucial try right on the stroke of half time.
    40''
  • Try
    TRY! Waratahs (Tom Robertson) 19-19
    40''
  • Lourens Erasmus is penalised for being off his feet at the breakdown and it's decision time for the Waratahs!  The visitors turn down a shot at the posts and, instead, Bernard Foley puts the ball into touch.
    39''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 19-14 Lions
    38''
  • The Lions are ahead for the first time in the semi final!  A massive rolling maul completely splinters the Waratahs' defence and, with the try line at his mercy, it is Malcolm Marx who comes up with the five-pointer.
    37''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Malcolm Marx) 17-14 Lions
    36''
  • The pressure that the Lions are applying at the moment is enormous - another penalty will give the home side a chance to set up once again with the line out well within striking range.
    35''
  • NO TRY!  The replay shows that the ball initially came forward out of the hands of Franco Mostert and so possession is back with the Waratahs - a huge let off there for the visitors.
    34''
  • TMO!  Franco Mostert appears from nowhere and steps through the defensive line almost untouched before dotting down under the posts - the on-field decision is a try but referee Glen Jackson wants the TMO to have a look at the tape for a potential knock-on.
    33''
  • Following an indiscretion from the Waratahs in the line out, the Lions have the scrum feed in a very dangerous position in the middle of the field just 15m away from the visitors' line.
    31''
  • The Lions are on the front foot once again - a massive scrum from the forwards wins the hosts a penalty before Elton Jantjies sends a long kick into touch inside the Waratahs' 22.
    30''
  • A crucial error from the Waratahs from the restart with the kick not going the required distance hands possession to the Lions via a scrum feed in the middle of the field.
    29''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Lions (Elton Jantjies) 14-12 Waratahs
    28''
  • Aphiwe Dyantyi brings the Ellis Park crowd to its feet!  A brilliant chip and chase from the winger who runs onto his own kick before stepping around Bernard Foley with ease on his way to the try line.
    27''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Aphiwe Dyantyi) 14-10 Waratahs
    26''
  • It's been a blistering opening quarter to this semi-final - the momentum is back with the Lions who are slowly starting to bring this massive crowd to life!
    24''
  • MISS! A rare miss from the boot of Elton Jantjies whose conversion attempt has missed narrowly to the left hand side.
    23''
  • A stunning individual effort from Kwagga Smith!  The flanker runs into a wall of Waratah defenders but somehow manages to burst through the tackle and, despite a desperate lunge from Curtis Rona, Smith touches down for a wonderful try.
    22''
  • Try
    TRY! Lions (Kwagga Smith) 14-5 Waratahs
    21''
  • Sekope Kepu is off his feet at the breakdown and the penalty is awarded to the Lions - Elton Jantjies' kick for touch is a good one and takes play back to half way.
    19''
  • Penalty to the Waratahs!  Solid work in defence from Nick Phipps over the ball is rewarded and the visitors have a chance to relieve some pressure and take play over the half way line.
    17''
  • Repeat line-outs for the Lions inside the Waratahs' 22 - this time they are even closer, on the back of a stunning kick from Elton Jantjies, just 5m out from the try line.
    15''
  • Penalty to the Lions!  Terrific attacking opportunity here for the home side with Elton Jantjies' kick for touch finding the line inside the Waratahs' 22.
    14''
  • The Waratahs manage to pinch possession and, playing the territorial game, the visitors waste no time in going to the boot and driving the Lions back inside their own half.
    12''
  • A terrific response here from the Lions' forwards who, with a massive rolling maul, bulldoze their way inside Waratahs' territory.
    12''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Waratahs (Bernard Foley) 14-0 Waratahs
    11''
  • Two in a row to the Waratahs!  After coming up short down the left hand side, the visitors quickly spread to the right and get the ball into the hands of the dangerous Israel Folau - the full back picks a path through the Lions' defence and touches down under the posts.
    9''
  • Try
    TRY! Waratahs (Israel Folau) 12-0 Waratahs
    9''
  • The Waratahs are looking extremely dangerous down the left hand side - Taqele Naiyaravoro finds some space out wide and the visitors are away once again.
    8''
  • Conversion
    CONVERSION! Waratahs (Bernard Foley) 7-0 Waratahs
    7''
  • It's just the start that the Waratahs were after!  Quick hands to the left hand side catches the Lions' defence short out wide with the ball ending in the hands of the unmarked Ned Hanigan - the flanker has just the try line ahead and he powers over.
    5''
  • Try
    TRY! Waratahs (Ned Hanigan) 5-0 Waratahs
    5''
  • Ruan Combrinck looks to kick the ball down the right wing however the ball drifts over the chalk and lands into touch on the full.
    4''
  • The first penalty of the match is awarded to the Lions against the Waratahs for an indiscretion in the ruck - Elton Jantjies kicks for touch and takes play up to the half way line.
    2''
  • A solid start from the Waratahs who put the ball through hands and make some good yards down the right hand touch line.
    1''
  • FIRST HALF - Bernard Foley puts boot to ball and we are underway in the second semi final!
    1''
  • The Waratahs have a proud Super Rugby history having won the title back in 2014 - could 2018 be their year once again?
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  • The Lions know all about Super Rugby semi-finals - this is the third year in a row that this afternoon's hosts have reached the penultimate week and, in both of the last two years, they have won through to the final.  Can they make it three years in a row?
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  • Welcome to Ellis Park in Johannesburg for a massive semi final contest between one of last year's finalists, the Lions, and the Waratahs.
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