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Match officials: Our referee is Morne Ferreira. He will be assisted by Aimee Barrett-Theron and Stephan Geldenhuys. The TMO is Ben Crous.
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Lions: 15 Quan Horn, 14 Sibahle Maxwane, 13 Henco van Wyk, 12 Marius Louw (captain), 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Emmanuel Tshituka, 7 Ruan Venter, 6 Jarod Cairns, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren,, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 2 Pieter Botha, 1 Jean-Pierre Smith. Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Morgan Naude, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Ruben Schoeman, 20 Sibusiso Sangweni, 21 Morne van den Berg, 22 Gianni Lombard, 23 Manuel Rass.
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Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Angelo Davids, 13 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ben-Jason Dixon, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain). Replacements: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Connor Evans, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Marcel Theunissen, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Clayton Blommetjies.
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The Stormers are generally expected to come away with a big victory in this encounter and end their year with a bang.
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In their last game against the Bulls the Stormers dominated to secure a 37-27 bonus point victory at this venue, while the Lions went down to the Sharks 37-10 in Durban.
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The Stormers are currently second on the table behind Leinster, while the Lions sit in ninth position.
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Good evening and welcome to the DHL Cape Town Stadium for our coverage of this all South African United Rugby Championship clash between the Stormers and the Lions.
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Kick-off! We are underway here in the Mother City!
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The Lions on the front foot after what looked like a dodgy turn-over and it leads to a breakdown penalty. Jordan Hendrikse finds touch five metres out but due to obstruction after the line-out they concede a penalty. Oh dear!
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The Stormers find touch and then the Lions steal it and get going only to hand it back to the Stormers.
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TRY, STORMERS, WILLEMSE! 5-0: The Stormers make their way into the Lions 22 and after nine phases Willemse throws a dummy and storms into a gap to SCORE! Fantastic!
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CONVERSION, STORMERS, LIBBOK! 7-0: Libbok converts!
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Willemse now coasting his way over the halfway mark but Hartzenberg overruns it and cannot get to the pass.
13'
TRY, STORMERS, FOURIE! 12-0: Libbok with a good touch after a penalty at the breakdown. The line-out is secured and after the maul gets going Deon Fourie rises to SCORE!
15'
Libbok sends the conversion wide.
17'
The Stormers secure a scrum penalty and Libbok fails finds touch. Great reading from Quan Horn to collect the ball.
19'
PENALTY, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 12-3 : The Lions secure an important line-out outside the Stormers 22 and Deon Fourie gives them a penalty at the breakdown. Hendrikse decides to go for goal and strikes it clean!
23'
The Stormers are penalised for obstruction at the line-out and Hendrikse finds a good touch on the 22. Great work by the Stormers to STEAL the set-piece.
25'
The Stormers make their way into Lions territory only to turn it over far too easily.
27'
Libbok sets up an attack after a Stormers line-out win and Zas is into a huge gap and makes good ground. Lucky for the Lions they force a knock-on nine metres out. The Lions come away with the scrum and Hendrikse eventually clears.
28'
TRY, STORMERS, DU PLESSIS! 17-3: Dan Du Plessis is over after a sckip pass from Paul de Wet and great work by the Stormers and too quick for the Lions.
30'
CONVERSION, STORMERS, LIBBOK! 19-3: Libbok converts!
33'
The Lions do so well to get to the Stormers 22 only to concede a penalty at the breakdown seven metres out.
36'
The Lions secure a rare line-out inside the Stormers 22 and they go wide via Louw. They secure an offside penalty and go for the corner.
38'
Jansen van Vuuren secures the set-piece and the Lions drive forward. Great work by Fourie to turn the ball over three metres out. WOW!
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HALF-TIME: STORMERS 19-3 LIONS. The Stormers have been all over the Lions in the first half and deserve their lead. The Lions have struggled to get going and have not been able to easily secure scrums and line-outs.
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HALF-TIME: STORMERS 19-3 LIONS. The Stormers have been all over the Lions in the first half and deserve their lead. The Lions have struggled to get going and have not been able to easily secure scrums and line-outs.
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Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
43'
Great work by Du Plessis and Hartzenberg to take the Stormers over the Lions' 22 before a spill by Zas.
46'
Libbok is over for a try but the referee blew his whistle for a forward pass beforehand. Replays show that the pass came off a Lions player. Too late but the referee did ask for the replay. Credit to him!
48'
The Lions have been a lot more positive than what they were in the first half. They have a penalty inside the Stormers' half and Horn goes for the corner.
50'
TRY, LIONS, VAN WYK! 19-8: The Lions secure the set-piece and drive forward before going wide! Willemse with a superb tackle but they come back for a breakdown penalty. The Lions take a quick tap and Hendrikse fires wide for Hencko Van Wyk, who SCORES!
52'
Hendrikse cannot convert a difficult kick.
55'
TRY, STORMERS, DAVIDS! 24-8: The Lions string nine phases together before they spill it in the tackle on the Stormers' 10 metre line. The Stormers counter via Hacjivah Dayimani, who finds a gap and then Davids runs HOME TO SCORE against the run of the original move!
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CONVERSION, STORMERS, LIBBOK! 26-8: Libbok converts to add two more!
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What can the Lions come up with in the last 20 minutes? Can they dig deep?
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TRY, LIONS, VAN DEN BERG! 26-13: Libbok into a gap before taking the ball into contact. They cannot hold onto it and the Lions kick deep. They get it back and then Van Den Berg is into a gap to run home and score!
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NO TRY! 26-8 : The TMO SAYS there was a deliberate knock-on before the try was scored and the referee reverses his decision!
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The Lions secure a crucial scrum on the Stormers' 22 and they gp around the corner via Visagie before being penalised at the breakdown. The Lions are looking tired at SEA LEVEL!
69'
TRY, STORMERS, DAVIDS! 33-8: Davids gets number two after a some slick hands and skill by the Stormers! The conversion is over!
72'
The Stormers secure yet another scrum penalty five metres from their line but they fail to find touch.
73'
The Lions lead a counter-attack and make their way to the same spot before securing a penalty! What can they do?
74'
WELL! In short the Lions mess up the set-piece!
76'
The Lions string 10 phases together after getting the ball back and they are back into the 22 where as expected they turn it over.
79'
TRY, STORMERS, THEUNISSEN! 40-8: Great patient work by the Stormers applying the pressure on a tired Lions team and Marcel Theunissen STORMS OVER to SCORE! Libbok converts!
Stormers
Stormers
Lions
Lions
6
Tries
1
6' Willemse Damian
12' Fourie Deon A...
27' du Plessis Da...
53' Davids Angelo
68' Davids Angelo
78' Theunissen Ma...
49' Van Wyk Henco
5
Conversions
0
7' Libbok Manie
28' Libbok Manie
55' Libbok Manie
69' Libbok Manie
79' Libbok Manie
0
Penalties
1
18' Hendrikse Jordan
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Kitshoff Steven
Dweba Joseph
Fouche Johan Neet...
Dixon Ben Jason
Orie Marvin
Fourie Deon Andre
Engelbrecht Willie
Dayimani Hacjivah
De Wet Albertus Paul
Libbok Manie
Zas Leolin
du Plessis Daniel
Hartzenberg Suleiman
Davids Angelo
Willemse Damian
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Smith Jean-Pierre
Botha PJ
Ntlabakanye Asenathi
Alberts Willem
Janse van Vuren P...
Cairns Jarod
Venter Ruan
Tshituka Emmanuel
Nohamba Sanele
Hendrikse Jaden
Van Der Merwe Edwill
Louw Marius
Van Wyk Henco
Maxwane Rabz
Horn Quan
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Reserves
8
Pokomela Junior
Blommetjies Clayton
Masimla Godlen
Harris Brok
Theunissen Marcel
Sandi Sazi
Venter Andre-Hugo
Evans Connor
20
23
22
17
21
18
16
19
Smith Ruan
Lombard Gianni
Rass Manuel
Van Den Berg Morne
Naude Franco
Visagie Jaco
Schoeman Ruben
Sangweni Sibusiso