LIVE MATCH COVERAGE

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Kick-off local time : Sat, 01 June 2013 - 14h30
Kick-off : Sat, 01 June 2013 - 14h30
Venue : Johannesburg
Referee : Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa)
Match status : Result
  Lions Samoa
Tries Derick Minnie (17min), Derick Minnie (27min), Derick Minnie (35min), Nicolaas Hanekom (64min), Nicolaas Hanekom (72min), and Ross Cronje (76min) Alesana Tuilagi (10min) and Ofisa Treviranus (39min)
Penalties Marnitz Boshoff (2min) and Marnitz Boshoff (21min)
Conversions Marnitz Boshoff (18min), Marnitz Boshoff (28min), Marnitz Boshoff (36min), Marnitz Boshoff (54min), and Marnitz Boshoff (60min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards
Red cards
DGs
Commentary
Minute Commentary

81

So the Lions thrash Samoa thanks to a dominant second-half display. Join us for live coverage of the next game between the Stormers and the Kings.

80

Van Rensburg scores the final TRY as he collects a kick and dots down in the corner. Lionel Cronje misses the conversion and the final whistle goes.

77

Ross Cronje scores from a quick dart with Lionel Cronje kicking the CONVERSION!

73

The visitors won't die quietly though as they launch an attack only for the Lions to turnover possession and Hanekom to score another brilliant TRY! Lionel Cronje kicks the CONVERSION!

71

Altitude is really taking its toll on Samoa as they keep falling off tackles and are noticeably tired.

69

Samoa chance their arm and it almost pays off as Tupou looks to have rounded off a team try which started from inside their 22 but a pass went forward.

67

Lionel Cronje changes things up a bit and pins Samoa in their 22 with a good tactical kick.

65

Hanekom scores another TRY for the Lions with Lionel Cronje slotting the CONVERSION!

63

TRY! The game is wide open now as Lionel Cronje chips and collects to score and adds the CONVERSION!

60

TRY! Botha is off and he steps his man beautifully to dive over under the posts. Boshoff kicks the CONVERSION!

57

Errors creep in again with Samoa knocking on first and the Lions following suit.

54

Samoa show a sense of urgency inside the Lions' 22 but Mulipola coughs up the ball. The Lions throw the ball wide to Volmink who runs all off 80m to score a scintillating TRY! Boshoff adds the CONVERSION!

50

Johnson is penalised for a shoulder charge but he escapes a yellow card. But again the Lions lose possession at the line-out.

49

The Lions string some phases together and force as penalty out of Samoa, who are desperately holding on and turnover possession after the line-out. They know they have to score next to stay in the game.

45

The game has gone a bit scrappy now with both teams making handling errors.

42

Its scrappy by the Lions from the line-out and they cough up possession.

41

And we are back underway at Ellis Park! The Lions run it back at Samoa and Hanekom is nearly through; he just can't held on to the grubber but Va'aulu is pinged for holding back earlier in the movement.

40

TRY! Baggot sets off on a great run and Williams continues the movement down the wing. Treviranus charges at the line and scores despite the efforts of two Lions defenders. Anufe adds the CONVERSION and that's HALF-TIME! The Lions lead 27-14.

38

Tuilagi lines up and smashes Dreyer with a typically physical Samoan hit!

36

TRY! Minnie completes his hat-trick from the line-out drive. Boshoff slots the difficult CONVERSION!

33

Mapusua is caught offside so the Lions set up the line-out.

31

Samoa set up the line-out after Tecklenburg is penalised on the deck but a poor throw sees Bondesio kick the ball down field.

28

Minnie runs a brilliant angle and times his run to perfection to slice through and score his second TRY! Boshoff kicks the CONVERSION!

25

The Lions launch an exciting attack from the scrum and Botha kicks ahead but Samoa will the race to the ball.

23

Samoa win a turnover penalty but Anufe misses to the right.

21

Samoa butcher the restart as it rolls over the deadball line and they concede a penalty from the resulting scrum. Boshoff slots the PENALTY!

18

The Lions make solid yards with direct surges by the forwards and Minnie drives over for the TRY! Boshoff adds the CONVERSION!

16

The Lions set up the line-out but obstruction lets Samoa off the hook.

15

The Lions get out of their half and Kriel holds up Williams to earn a turnover scrum for the hosts from where Johnson is blown up.

13

Anufe pins the Lions in their 22 with a deft kick after being forced to kick by the Lions' resolute defence.

11

Anufe adds the CONVERSION!

10

Tuilagi rounds off a brilliant team TRY! The ball went through several sets of hands before the big wing went over but Tuilagi nearly butchered it by almost crossing the deadball line in his attempt to get the ball close to the posts.

7

Scrappy play by Samoa see them lose ground on attack as the ball is hacked ahead by the Lions but the hosts are penalised and Samoa get out of their half.

5

The first scrum collapses after a Samoa knock-on from the restart. Samoa concede a scrum penalty, the Lions take it quickly and Tuilagi almost tackles Van Rensburg out of his boots, dislodging the ball in the process.

2

Johnson is blown up as the Lions make 15m with a driving maul Boshoff steps up and nails the PENALTY!

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Boshoff gets the action underway! Samoa make a settled start, finding touch on halfway.

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Samoa have made some late changes to their bench so do take note of that. We are moments away from kick-off.

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Still, Samoa do possess some quality players in captain Williams and monster wing Tuilagi. For the Lions, it doesn’t get more exciting than young centre Hanekom. Captain Whiteley will want to make a statement as will Boshoff in the No.10 jersey.

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Samoa have put together a makeshift outfit with most of their key players still involved in European competitions. They are so stretched that they have had to call on three Wits players, so the Lions will have a decided advantage as far as fielding a settled side is concerned.

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Welcome to our build up to the Lions Challenge match between the Lions and Samoa in Johannesburg.
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
Samoa
Players
15 James Sooialo
14 Alapati Leiua
13 Paul Williams
12 Johnny Leota
11 Alesana Tuilagi
10 Tusi Pisi
9 Jeremy Sua
8 Taiasina Tuifua
7 Jack Lam
6 Ofisa Treviranus
5 Daniel Leo
4 Teofilo Paulo
3 Logovi'i Mulipola
2 Ole Avei
1 Sakaria Taulafo

Substitutes
23 Alafoti Faosiliva
22 Seilala Mapusua
21 Brandon Va'aulu
20 Junior Poluleuligaga
19 Kane Thompson
18 Census Johnston
17 James Johnston
16 Ti'i Paulo