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Griquas: Mox Mkoli, Janco Uys, Janu Botha, Adre Smith, Cameron Lindsay, Gideon van der Merwe, Hanru Sirgel, Ruan Steenkamp, Stefan Ungerer, George Whitehead, Eduan Keyter, Jonathan Francke, Jay Cee Nel, Daniel Kasende, Ashlon Davids. Replacements: HJ Luus, Andrew Beerwinkel, Andries Schutte, Mzwanele Zito, Sibabalo Qoma, Raegan Oranje, Tinus de Beer, Ederies Arendse, Andrew Kuhn, Jeandre Leonard, Theo Boshoff
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Lions: EW Viljoen; Stean Pienaar, Manuel Rass, Burger Odendaal, Rabz Maxwane; Jordan Hendrikse, Morne van den Berg; Francke Horn (c), Sibusiso Sangweni, MJ Pelser, Reinhardt Nothnagel, Ruben Schoeman, Jannie du Plessis, Jaco Visagie, Sti Sithole. Replacements: PJ Botha, Ruan Dreyer, Carlu Sadie, FP Pelser, Travis Gordon, Andre Warner, Fred Zeilinga, Duncan Matthews
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Rasta Rasivhenge is today's referee with Egon Seconds the TMO.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Currie Cup clash between the Lions and the Griquas at Emirates Airline Park.
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TRY, GRIQUAS, VAN DER MERWE! 0-5: Brilliant start from the Griquas as van der Merwe goes over for the first try of the game!
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Off we go! The match is underway in Johannesburg.
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CONVERSION, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 0-7: Whitehead adds the extras.
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Early spell of dominance for the Griquas and they have a penalty following a scrum.
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Whitehead goes for posts, but the flags stay down.
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The Lions are enjoying a spell on the front foot now, keeping up the pressure on their visitors.
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The ball has been through 13 phases and the Lions are still at it, close to the try-line.
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The Griquas defence holds firm at one end and now they have a penalty and a chance to pick up another three points. Once again, Whitehead misses.
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The Griquas have another opportunity from the penalty tee.
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PENALTY, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 0-10: Whitehead pops the penalty over!
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Another penalty for the Griquas. Once again, Whitehead goes for posts. He misses this time. It's been a poor day from the tee for him.
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TRY, LIONS, VAN DEN BERG! 5-10: After a spell of pressure, van den Berg peels away and scores from near the try-line. Hendrikse fails to convert, so the score remains 5-10.
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TRY, LIONS, SITHOLE! 10-10: After a series of good carries from the Lions, Rass swings the ball to Sithole, who breaks through a couple of tackles to score from right in front of the line.
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CONVERSION, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 12-10: The Lions lead for the first time in the game after the conversion from Hendrikse.
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TRY, GRIQUAS, KEYTER! 12-15: The Lions lead didn't last long. The Griquas attack down their left side and Keyter gets the inside pass before going over!
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CONVERSION, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 12-17: This time, the kick from Whitehead is good.
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Off we go for the start of the second half. Immediately, the Lions are on the front foot. Maxwane gets a touch on the ball in the air and gets it away to Odendaal. The Lions go in for what looks like a try, but it's ruled out for a knock-on from Maxwane after consultation with the TMO! The first knock-on was off the Griquas, so we go back for a Lions scrum.
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HALF-TIME: LIONS 12-17 GRIQUAS. The Griquas go into the break five points to the good. It could have been more but for some Whitehead misses off the tee. The team from Kimberley started like a house on fire, but the Lions improved as the half progressed. A lightning fast move saw Keyter go over for a try near the end of the half to restore the Griquas lead, which had been lost.
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TRY, LIONS, MAXWANE! 17-17: The Lions have an attacking lineout, but the Griquas defend well off the driving maul. However, the Lions manage to create space on the blind side and Maxwane goes over in the corner!
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CONVERSION, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 19-17: Sweet strike from Hendrikse as he puts the Lions back in front.
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Viljoen gives an unnecessary penalty away for straying in front of the kicker. The Griquas have a shot at posts.
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PENALTY, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 19-20: Whitehead pops the penalty over and the Griquas regain the lead!
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RED CARD, LIONS, VILJOEN! EW Viljoen goes hard and high into the tackle without wrapping his arm around. Off he goes.
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TRY, GRIQUAS, KUYTER! 19-25: Off the back of a driving maul, the Griquas utilise the space to their advantage now that they have an extra man. Kuyter gets on the end of a cross-kick and goes over in the corner.
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CONVERSION, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 19-27: Whitehead pops the conversion over for the Griquas.
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The Lions have a kickable penalty, but they opt to go for the corner.
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TRY, LIONS, DREYER! 24-27: After a sustained spell of pressure, Dreyer goes over from the pick-and-go! Great work from Sangweni too!
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CONVERSION, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 26-27: Even with the Lions down to 14, this game is still very much on.
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TRY, GRIQUAS, KUYTER! 26-32: Great response from the Griquas yet again. They move the ball to their left flank, where Kuyter is there to finish off once again. That's the hat-trick for the winger!
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CONVERSION, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 26-34: Whitehead appears to have regained his form off the tee and the Griquas stretch their lead back beyond a converted try.
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TRY, GRIQUAS, KUYTER! 26-39: The Griquas get the turnover and move the ball out left once again. Nel sends Kuyter through for the finish!
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CONVERSION, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 26-41: Whitehead's conversion puts the Griquas in a position from which it will be very difficult for the Lions to wrestle the win away from them.
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YELLOW CARD, LIONS, MATTHEWS! Another instance of foul play from the Lions and Matthews goes to the sin-bin for what will likely be the rest of this game.
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The Lions, at this point, are all but out of the game. They're trying to get a try which would leave them with some chance of snatching a late bonus point.
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TRY, LIONS, GORDON! 31-41: Great work from the Griquas to hold out for some time, including a superb tackle from Kuyter, but eventually, the Lions go over through debutant Gordon in the corner.
Lions
Griquas
5
Tries
5
27' Van Den Berg ...
33' Sithole Sithe...
46' Maxwane Sibhale
63' Dreyer Ruan M...
78' Tshituka Emma...
1' Van der Merwe ...
35' Keyter Eduan
54' Keyter Eduan
65' Keyter Eduan
69' Keyter Eduan
3
Conversions
5
34' Hendrikse Jordan
47' Hendrikse Jordan
64' Hendrikse Jordan
2' Whitehead George
36' Whitehead George
55' Whitehead George
67' Whitehead George
71' Whitehead George
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Penalties
2
22' Whitehead George
50' Whitehead George
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Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
Sithole Sithembiso
Visagie Jaco
du Plessis Jannie
Schoeman Ruben
Nothnagel Reinhard
Pelser MJ
Sangweni Sibusiso
Horn Francke
Van Den Berg Morne
Hendrikse Jordan
Maxwane Sibhale
Odendaal Burger
Rass Manuel
Pienaar Stean
Viljoen EW
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Mxoli Mox
Uys Janco
Botha Janu
Smith Chris
Lindsay Cameron
Van der Merwe Gideon
Sirgel Hanru
Steenkamp Ruan
Ungerer Stefan
Whitehead George
Keyter Eduan
Francke Johnathan
Nel Jay-Cee
Kasenda Daniel
Davids Ashlon
9
Reserves
9
Botha PJ
Dreyer Ruan Martin
Sadie Carlu
Pelser FP
Gordon Travis
Warner Andre
Zeilinga Fred
Matthews Duncan
McBeth Nathan
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17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
Luus Hendrik
Beerwinkel Andrew
Schutte Andries
Zito Mzwanele
Qoma Sibabalo
Oranje Raegen
de Beer Tinus
Arendse Ederies
Kuhn Andrew