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KICK OFF! 0-0. After a moment's silence for the late Doddie Weir, the Lions, playing left to right, get this URC clash in Johannesburg underway.
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The referee for this clash is Scotland's Ben Blain. He will be assisted by South African's Aimee Barrett-Theron and Christopher Allison. Ireland's Frank Murphy is the TMO.
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Scarlets: 15 Johnny McNicholl, 14 Tom Rogers, 13 Jonathan Davies (c), 12 Scott Williams, 11 Ryan Conbeer; 10 Sam Costelow, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Blade Thomson, 7 Dan Davis, 6 Aaron Shingler, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 Sam Lousi, 3 WillGriff John, 2 Taylor Davies, 1 Kemsley Mathias. Substitutes: 16 Shaun Evans, 17 Phil Price, 18 Javan Sebastian, 19 Sione Kalamafoni, 20 Tomás Lezana, 21 Dane Blacker, 22 Rhys Patchell, 23 Steff Evans.
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The Lions have welcomed back Jaco Kriel from injury and the veteran flank makes his URC season debut. Ruan Venter returns on the bench. Sango Xamlashe replaces the suspended Henco van Wyk.
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Lions: 15 Quan Horn, 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Henco van Wyk, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Emmanuel Tshituka, 7 Darrien Landsberg, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Reinhard Nothnagel (c), 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 PJ Botha, 1 Sti Sithole. Substitutes: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 JP Smith, 18 Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 19 Ruan Venter, 20 Sibusiso Sangweni, 21 Andre Warner, 22 Gianni Lombard, 23 Zander du Plessis.
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of this URC clash between the Lions and the Scarlets at Emirates Airline Park.
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It's a very positive start for the Lions as the Edwill van der Merwe breaks into the 22 and the hosts are awarded a penalty. However, after choosing to kick for touch, the Lions lose the ball forward at the maul.
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PENALTY, LIONS, HENDRIKSE. 3-0. The Lions are awarded another penalty, for a high tackle, and this time opt for the points. Jordan Hendrikse nails his first attempt at goal to give the hosts an early lead.
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The Scarlets break into the Lions' 22 from a midfield scrum, but are penalised for accidental offsides. The Lions have the put-in at a scrum on their own 22-metre line and win a free kick.
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TRY, LIONS, MAXWANE! 8-0. The Lions counter attack after Scarlets clear from the 22. Louw puts Maxwane into a gap with a one-handed offload and the winger has too much gas for the cover defence.
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CONVERSION MISSED! 8-0. Hendrikse hooks his conversion attempt. The score stays 8-0.
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PENALTY MISSED! 8-0. The Scarlets win a penalty inside Lions' territory, but Sam Costelow misses his first attempt at goal. The score stays 8-0.
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The Lions win successive penalties as Nohamba is narrowly prevented from scoring a try. The home side again turns down the three points and this time they decide to have a scrum.
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TRY, LIONS, TSHITUKA! 13-0. The Lions get their second try as Emmanuel Tshituka powers over from a strong five-metre scrum.
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CONVERSION, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 15-0. Having missed his first conversion attempt Hendrikse makes no such mistake with an easier kick at goal.
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The Lions are looking dominant at the set-piece, but this time concede a penalty at the scrum. The Scarlets have a good attacking opportunity from a lineout inside the Lions' 22.
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The Scarlets take the ball through a few phases from an attacking lineout, but lose the ball forward in a promising position.
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NO TRY! The referee rules that Sam Lousi was in an offsides position at the breakdown when he played the ball. The Scarlets still have a penalty and go for a lineout.
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There is a TMO check for a potential Scarlets try after a the visitors launched a fantastic counter-attack from inside their own half.
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TRY, SCARLETS, DAVIS! 15-5. The Scarlets launch a powerful maul from the lineout and flank Dan Davis scores their first try of the match.
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CONVERSION MISSED! 15-5. Sam Costelow sends his second attempt at goal for the Scarlets wide. The score stays at 15-5.
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The Lions waste an opportunity to strike straight back as Louw loses the ball forward from a scrum inside Scarlets' 22. The Scarlets then win a scrum penalty and clear to the halfway line.
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YELLOW CARD, LIONS, XAMLASHE! 15-5. Sango Xamlashe is sent to the sin bin for a cynical breakdown foul after Scarlets break into the Lions' 22.
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YELLOW CARD, SCARLETS, COSTELOW! 15-5. Both teams are down to 14 men each as Costelow completes a forgettable half by earning a yellow card for a high tackle.
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HALF TIME! 18-5. The Lions will take a deserved 13-point lead into the break. The home side dominated the opening exchanges and were cruising at 15-0 before the Scarlets worked their way back into the contest. There have been a fair few handling errors from both teams in hot conditions at Ellis Park.
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PENALTY, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 18-5. The Lions complete the first half with Hendrikse landing a second penalty to take the home side to a 13-point lead at the break.
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The Lions start the second half well as Sanele Nohamba executes a 50/22 kick to win the hosts a lineout in Scarlets' 22
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KICK OFF! 18-5. The Scarlets get the second half underway in Johannesburg. The visitors finished the first half strongly, but will be still be without yellow-carded flyhalf Costelow at the start of the second half. Can they fight back and snatch a win at Ellis Park?
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Maxwane wastes a golden scoring opportunity for the Lions as he loses the ball forward metres from the tryline. The Scarlets win a penalty from the subsequent scrum and clear to the halfway line.
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The Scarlets go close to scoring from a scrum on the halfway line, but Edwill van der Merwe makes a try-saving tackle for the Lions, who win a penalty from the subsequent lineout.
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A long phase of play ends with the Lions winning a penalty on their side of the halfway line. Hendrikse kicks to put the home side on the Scarlets' 22-metre line.
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The Lions take the ball through multiple phases on attack, but can't find a way through Scarlets' defence. Louw eventully puts boot to ball, but the Scarlets get there first to earn a goal-line drop out.
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TRY, LIONS, KRIEL! 23-5. A brilliantly worked move from a five-metre lineout puts Jaco Kriel over for the opening score of the second half.
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CONVERSION, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 25-5. Hendrikse adds the extras from straight in front to put the Lions in control at Ellis Park.
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CONVERSION MISSED! 25-10. Patchell, on as a substitute, misses his first attempt at goal for Scarlets. The score stays at 25-10.
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TRY, SCARLETS, RODGERS! 25-10. An errant defensive lineout from the Lions allows Scarlets to hit straight back through wing Tom Rodgers.
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PENALTY MISSED! 25-10. After a bit of confusion with what to do with a scrum penalty, Hendrikse has a bash from 52m out. While his kick has the distance, it lacks the accuracy. The score stays at 25-10.
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The Lions so nearly get their fourth try after Zander du Plessis kicks over the defence and Andre Warner comes sprinting out of nowhere to win the race to the ball. The scrumhalf loses the ball forward an inch from the tryline.
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YELLOW CARD, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 25-10. The Lions will finish the game without flyhalf Hendrikse, who is yellow carded for a cynical foul inches from his own tryline. We are set for a fascinating finish to the match in Johannesburg.
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The Scarlets waste a golden scoring opportunity as the 14-man Lions drive their maul into touch, before the visitors are penalised for offsides. The Lions have a lineout on the halfway line.
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TRY, LIONS, TSHITUKA! 30-10. The Lions win a tighthead from a powerful scrum and take full advantage as Tshituka juggles a pass but holds on a sprints clear under the poles for his second try to secure the bonus-point for the home side.
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CONVERSION, LIONS, DU PLESSIS! 32-10. With Hendrikse still in the sin bin, Zander du Plessis steps up to land the conversion and give the Lions a 22-point lead with four minutes to go in Johannesburg.
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FULL TIME! 32-15. A second consecutive win at home for the Lions. It was well deserved for the home side, who also secured the bonus-point through Emmanuel Tshituka's brace. Scarlets, meanwhile, will leave their tour of South Africa with no log points.
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TRY, SCARLETS, LOUSI! 32-15. The Scarlets take the ball through multiple phases from an attacking lineout, grinding forward through their pack, before Sam Lousi eventually reaches over for a try.
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The Scarlets have an opportunity to finish strongly after a breathless period of play finishes with the visitors winning a penalty for a deliberate knock-down.
Lions
Lions
Scarlets
Scarlets
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Tries
3
11' Maxwane Sibhale
20' Tshituka Emma...
55' Kriel Jaco
75' Tshituka Emma...
32' Davies Dan
58' Rogers Tom
80' Lousi Sam
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Conversions
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21' Hendrikse Jordan
56' Hendrikse Jordan
76' du Plessis Al...
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Penalties
0
6' Hendrikse Jordan
40' Hendrikse Jordan
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Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
Sithole Sithembiso
Botha PJ
Dreyer Ruan Martin
Schoeman Ruben
Nothnagel Reinhard
Kriel Jaco
Landsberg Darrien...
Tshituka Emmanuel
Nohamba Sanele
Hendrikse Jordan
Van Der Merwe Edwill
Louw Marius
Van Wyk Henco
Maxwane Rabz
Horn Quan
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Mathias Kemsley
Davies Taylor
John WillGriff
Lousi Sam
Fifita Vaea
Shingler Aaron
Davies Dan
Thomson Blade
Davies Gareth
Costelow Sam
Conbeer Ryan
Williams Scott
Davies Jonathan
Rogers Tom
McNicholl Johnny
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Reserves
8
Lombard Gianni
Warner Andre
Visagie Jaco
Sangweni Sibusiso
Ntlabakanye Asenathi
du Plessis Alex-Z...
Venter Ruan
Smith Jean-Pierre
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20
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23
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Kalamafoni Sione
Sebastian Javan
Price Phil
Patchell Rhys
Evans Shaun
Evans Steff
Lezana Tomas
Blacker Dane