LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

Super Rugby

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 15 March 2014 - 15h00
Kick-off : Sat, 15 March 2014 - 15h00
Venue : Johannesburg
Referee : Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  Lions Blues
Tries Francois de Klerk (34min) and Courtnall Skosan (40min) Charles Piutau (55min), Bryn Hall (57min), and George Moala (70min)
Penalties Marnitz Boshoff (52min), Marnitz Boshoff (66min), Marnitz Boshoff (74min), and Marnitz Boshoff (76min)
Conversions Marnitz Boshoff (34min), Marnitz Boshoff (40min), and Marnitz Boshoff (60min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Tom Donnelly (4min)
Red cards
DGs Marnitz Boshoff (38min) and Marnitz Boshoff (42min)
Commentary
Minute Commentary

81

Stay with us as we head over to Durban for the final match of the round as the Sharks hope to keep their 100% win rate against the traveling Reds

80

Blues are battling to go forward, playing the ball in their own in goal area, the ball is finally bundled out and that's FULL TIME. Lions win it and the Blues deserve their bonus point

79

TRY - Benji Marshall goes on a jinking, stepping run that has made him famous in rugby league and he is able to stretch for the line. CONVERSION - Hickey adds the two and there is enough time for a kick off

78

Blues have one more chance to attack as they storm past the half way line, now into the 22 they keep pushing

76

Lions win another penalty at scrum time which is perfect for them to wind down the clock as they line up another kick for Boshoff. PENALTY - its over from long range

74

PENALTY - Boshoff adds three and its now a seven point game

73

Corne Fourie makes a great break for the Lions, the big prop runs a good 15 metres when the ball is swung wide but lost - there is a penalty advantage and Boshoff steps up

71

Hickey is on the park and is on hand to add the two points

70

TRY - Moala scores after some patient build up after a better scrum from the Blues it sees the centre go over the white-wash

69

Blues break out through Benji Marshall, they have a penalty on the 5 metre line and tap and go, the ball becomes unplayable and the Blues have another chance through a scrum

66

Lions charge down a box kick deep in Blues half and have a penalty in front of the posts from the resulting play. PENALTY - Boshoff takes up some time gets the points

65

TRY - Blues have a great break out through Bryn Hall who gets them on the front foot, the ball is swung out and Benji Marshall sends it to Frank Halai who bounces off the cross cover tackle to stroll over the line. CONVERSION - Noakes pops over an easy one

63

Lions have had enough of playing in their half and Boshoff is happy to boot it u pfield and let the Blues start again

61

Blues carry on through the phases but they are not getting over the advantage line, its another Blues knock on and a Lions scrum

60

TRY - Coenie van Wyk dots the ball down after the ball was ripped from Van Rensburg's hand, the ref checked with the TMO and he controversially awards the try stating there was no knock on. CONVERSION - Boshoff kicks over an easy one

59

Lions now have a chance to run from their half looking for a try, its a great move and an incredible offload from Whiteley but Deon van Rensburg has it ripped out of his hands over the Blues line by Charles Piutau

57

TRY - Blues get another one after a great move starting in the Blues 22 which allows Bryn Hall to score a try just minutes after coming on. CONVERSION - Noakes gets his team within eight

55

TRY - The Blues sucked in all the Lions defense close until Noakes sent it out wide for Charles Piutau to get over in the corner. Noakes dosn't connect well and cant add the extras

54

Blues are pushing through the phases again in the Lions 22 but again they loose it forward but there was a penalty advantage, they go for a tap and go

52

PENALTY - Boshoff bangs over a 45 metre long one

51

The Blues have it all against them as the lineout is skew, the Lions go for a scrum and absolutely destroy it! they are awarded a penalty and Boshoff lines up a kick

49

Lions attempt a maul but James Parsons is through the middle and the Blues win a scrum in their half, There are a number of resets until the Blues win a penalty from a scrum that the Lions were dominating

45

PENALTY - Blues have their first chance for points from a penalty and Noakes bangs it over

44

Blues have their chance to attack but the ball is slowing down and the Lions are regrouping. The ref has asked for the TMO to have a look at some foul play - Tom Donnelly is YELLOW CARDed for two dangerous clean-outs. Blues down to 14 again

42

Lions turn the ball over just outside the Blues 22 and they are now in a good attacking spot as Boshoff drops into the pocket and knocks over a DROP GOAL

41

We are back for the second half, Boshoff kicks us off

40

TRY - Lions win a penalty on the stroke of half time, its a quick tap and go and Courtnall Skosan is over for his first try in Super Rugby. CONVERSION - Boshoff adds the extras and its HALF TIME

39

Once again the Blues build up well but loose the ball and the Lions can counter

38

DROP GOAL - Boshoff kicks a trade mark drop goal while on the move and its over

37

Boshoff kicks forward for JW Jonker but he slips after he puts in his own chip that needs to be dotted down by the Blues for a 22 drop out

34

TRY - De Klerk picks, shows and goes after the scrum made meters and deteriorated one metre short. CONVERSION - Boshoff strikes his first kick over for the game

32

A massive scrum from the Lions earns them yet another penalty for wielding - they go for another scrum

31

YELLOW CARD - Charlie Faumuina intentionally comes into the maul from the side and the ref sends him to the bin - Lions set another maul, they are over but Weepu holds it up - 5 Metre scrum Lions

29

Lions set a good maul and get into the 22 with a penalty advantage, Watermeyer has a good break but offloads poorly and the ref comes back for the penalty - Lions set up the lineout for another maul, not surprising after their last one made about 30 metres

27

Blues are building up well with good phase play but its the final passes letting them down as the Lions are often able to get the ball and clear - they counter through JW Jonker and it forces a skewed kick for touch, Lions lineout it Blues territory

26

Blues backs are running well now but they are penalised with the Lions trying to steal the ball legally, Lions have a lineout in Blues territory

23

A surprising amount of kicking in this game from two teams who like to run it - with good conditions for running - and many of the kicks seem aimless and unnecessary

22

Lions have scrummed them off the ball and its a tight-head! but its poorly kicked away and Blues gain possession back again

21

Watermeyer shoots up for an intercept but he knocks it on the second grab - Blues scrum

20

Blues are sweeping up field through some patient play as they reach the Lions 22

18

Possession is changing hand both at the rucks and from kicks - eventually Van Wyk gets a good bounce and the Blues have a line out deep in their half

16

Blues keep attacking but are not going very far so Noakes decided on a kick which is fairly aimless but the Lions simply kick possession back

14

The Blues defense was stretched with Watermeyer breaking the line but he tries an offload that didn't need to go

12

The Lions have another penalty from the scrum and the Lions decide on a kick at goal, Boshoff misses but its only his second miss of the season!

11

Faf de Klerk is first to pounce on a loose ball from the Blues, he hacks the ball through but knocks it on seven metres out

9

Better scrum from the Blues as the ref gives them a penalty at the scrum and they can clear

8

Lions break out of their half and are not afraid to move the ball around, they are a few metres short but a poor pass is fumbled into touch - Blues scrum on the 5 metre line

7

As expected in the pre-match talk the Lions scrum dominates as they win a penalty for Woodcock slipping his bind

5

Blues have had all of the attacking opportunities so far but they are making to many silly mistakes as a knock on give the lions the first scrum

4

Lions have turned the ball over at a critical moment and are able to clear well - another Blues lineout in the Lions half

3

Whiteley makes up for his indiscretion as he steals the ball at the lineout, Coenie van Wyk wastes the opportunity as he kicks it out on the full - Blues back near the Lions 22

2

Lions are over eager in their defense and Whiteley is caught for offsides, Blues clear their penalty deeper into Lions territory - five man lineout in the 22

0

We are underway in Jo'burg as Noakes kicks us of!

-10

Prodigious Lions flyhalf, Marnitz Boshoff is back in his preferred position from fullback while the Blues have thrown the exciting league export Benji Marshall in the deep end with his first start at fullback for the visitors

-15

Excitingly for Jo'burg it is dry after record rainfall over the past few weeks, this should suit the New Zealanders who are always keen to run the ball with their big hard running backs. The Blues were tactically out played by the Bulls last week and looked very out of sorts - hopefully they look more like their usual selves today in order to give us an exciting game!

-20

The Lions set Super Rugby alight with wins over the much fancied Cheetahs and Stormers but slumped to two losses against the remaining South African teams, this is their first game against foreign opponents and they will be hoping Ellis Park can become a bit of a fortress for them

-30

Welcome back for our last two of games Super Rugby this weekend! We begin in Jo'burg where the Lions host the Blues. The home team will want to get back to the impressive form they found at the beginning of the tournament while the Blues will want to improve on the back of a defeat to the Bulls last week in order to get their first win on the road. From here we head over to Durban where the Sharks host the Reds
Lions
Players
15 Andries Coetzee
14 Lionel Mapoe
13 Nicolaas Hanekom
12 Alwyn Hollenbach
11 Anthony Volmink
10 Elton Jantjies
9 Ross Cronje
8 Warren Whiteley
7 Warwick Tecklenburg
6 Jaco Kriel
5 Franco van der Merwe
4 Franco Mostert
3 Julian Redelinghuys
2 Robbie Coetzee
1 Schalk van der Merwe

Substitutes
23 Courtnall Skosan
22 Marnitz Boshoff
21 Francois de Klerk
20 Derick Minnie
19 Willie Britz
18 Ruan Dreyer
17 Corne Fourie
16 Armand van der Merwe
Blues
Players
15 Charles Piutau
14 Lolagi Visinia
13 Francis Saili
12 Ma'a Nonu
11 Tevita Li
10 Ihaia West
9 Bryn Hall
8 Jerome Kaino
7 Brendon O'Connor
6 Steven Luatua
5 Tom Donnelly
4 Patrick Tuipulotu
3 Charlie Faumuina
2 Keven Mealamu
1 Sam Prattley

Substitutes
23 George Moala
22 Jackson Willison
21 Jamison Gibson-Park
20 Peter Saili
19 Hayden Triggs
18 Angus Ta'avao
17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi
16 James Parsons