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Match officials: Our referee is Karl Dickson. He will be assisted by Matthew Carley and Sara Cox. The TMO is Ian Tempest.
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Stade Francais: 15 Léo Monin, 14 Nadir Megdoud, 13 Paolo Odogwu, 12 Theo Dachary, 11 Harry Glover, 10 Léo Barre, 9 James Hall, 8 Juan Martin Scelzo, 7 Mathieu Hirigoyen, 6 Giorgi Tsutkiridze, 5 Juan Johan Van der Mescht, 4 Nathan Huguen, 3 Giorgi Melikidze, 2 Laurent Panis (c), 1 Vasil Kakovin Replacements: 16 Lucas Peyresblanques, 17 Sergo Abramishvili, 18 Paul Alo Emile, 19 Noa Kanika, 20 Arthur Coville, 21 Alex Arrate, 22 Ferdinand Dreno, 23 Moses Alo Emile.
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Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Henco van Wyk, 12 Marius Louw, 11 Quan Horn, 10 Jordan Hendrikse, 9 Sanele Nohamba, 8 Emmanuel Tshituka, 7 Ruan Venter, 6 Jaco Kriel (c), 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren, 4 Willem Alberts, 3 Asenathi Ntlabakanye, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 JP Smith Replacements: 16 Michael van Vuren, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Reinard Nothnagel, 20 Darrien Landsberg, 21 Sibusiso Sangweni, 22 Andre Warner, 23 Rynhardt Jonker.
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In their opening game in this competition the Lions had to settle for a hard earned 31-31 draw against the Dragons.
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Good evening and welcome to Emirates Airlines Park for our coverage of this European Challenge Cup Pool B clash between the Lions and Stade Francais.
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Kick-off! We are underway here in Johannesburg!
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It has been a stop-start affair at the start but Stade Francais doing well at the first scrum.
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An offside penalty to the visitors and they find a good touch inside the 22.
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The set-piece is secured and after the drive gets going Van der Mescht goes offside and the Lions have a turn-over!
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The early errors continue from both teams. Great work by the Lions,a s they make their way towards five metres from the line and secure an offisde penalty!
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PENALTY, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 3-0: The Lions draw first blood, as Jordan Hendrikse disects the poles.
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Another Lions penalty and this time at the scrum. Good work JP Smith! The Lions find a good touch.
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TRY, LIONS, HORN! 8-0: They clear the set-piece and go wide before Hendrikse sends a skip pass to Horn and he STORMS OVER IN THE CORNER!
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CONVERSION, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 10-0: The Lions add two more after a good kick from Jordan Hendrikse.
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Hendrikse finds another FANTASTIC touch outside the 22 after a breakdown penalty. The visitors do well at the line-out.
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Thie Lions have done in the opening 20 minutes but can they continue with this pressure on Stade Francais?
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Just as I made that last comment it's as if there's suddenly a spark under Stade Francais - They have finally arrived and now apply some pressure of their own.
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PENALTY, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 13-0: After all that Hendrikse extends the lead with another penalty!
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TRY, LIONS, HORN! 18-0: Exceptional speed out wide by Horn after loose play by Stade Francais. The Lions get the ball and go wide before two side-steps sends Horn Over after a good run!
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CONVERSION, LIONS, HENDRIKSE! 20-0: The conversion is good!
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Stade Francais have struggled to get a foothold in the game.
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After a lengthy stoppage the Lions pounce on another opportunity after Stade Francais mess up a simple pass after securing a good scrum.
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The visitors have struggled with the slippery ball in this humidity. They do secure a breakdown penalty and find a good touch in the corner.
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TRY, STADE FRANCAIS, MELIKIDZE! 20-5: Great work at the line-out and after they drive and a second shove Melikidze is OVER! However the TMO is checking for an infringement in the build-up!
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NO TRY! 20-0: An off the ball incident means that that TRY IS SCRATHED OFF! The Lions survice!
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A late offside penalty hand some lifeline to the visitors and Stade Francais find touch 15 metres out.
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After another penalty and another line-out and following five phases Stade Francais go wide before a Try-saving tackle by Edwill van der Merwe,halts Dreno! WOW!!!
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HALF-TIME: LIONS 20-5 STADE FRANCAIS. The LIons lead at the break by 15 points but they have faded as the half came to an end. Stade Francais with all their foreigners are gaining in confidence. Can the Lions continue to ascend or will they rely on altitude and speed to save them here? Only time will tell.
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TRY, STADE FRANCAIS, HALL! 20-5: James Hall is finally over after finding a gap to crawl through and get something for the visitors on the cusp of the break! The conversion is WIDE!
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Kick-off! We are back underway in the second half.
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MISTAKE! A long-ball from Hendrikse is spilled by Van Der Merwe on the side-line. Maybe that was 30cm too far? CLOSE!
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After six Stade Francais phases the ball is ripped away but yet again a wild pass hand possession back!
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It has been a scrappy and poor start to the half from both teams.
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If you were a coach of either of these teams in the second half with some hair you would have lost it by now. How BAD have both teams been since the break?
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Chalk on the ball? Rain on the ball? Humidity? What exactly is responsible for all these errors? Some may say it's high-octane rugby but SORRY THIS IS POOR!
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After a few resets at the scrum Stade Francais secure the penalty, take a quick tap and YES YOU'VE GUESSED IT! A SPILL for a Lions scrum. Better from them though!
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After another comedy of errors from both teams we eventually have a line-out inside the Lions half. DO NOT WRITE THE FRENCH OFF YET!
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Fantastic work by Stade Francais to make their way to within two metres of the Lions' line before turning it over! WHAT IS GOING ON?
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Will we see a better game after all the fresh legs that have just been introduced by both teams? LETS HOPE!
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TRY, LIONS, COETZEE! 25-5: Yes we do! Coetzee is over after a dummy run and a floating pass followed by a break down the middle. FINALLY! Sadly the conversion is WIDE!
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Needless to say after a moment of brilliance we are back to normality! Frustrating!
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A frustrating Harry Glover, as once again the last pass let Stade Francais down. When will it work for them?
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Coetzee rushes to clear and dot down a ball after a Stade Francais through-kick. He almost messes it up with a knock-on. Somehow he gets the dot-down in first! WHAT IS HAPPENING?
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TRY, STADE FRANCAIS, BARRE! 25-12: YES FINALLY! Leo Barre is over for some hope of a French win - BUT the conversion is WIDE!
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With 10 minutes to go we certainly hope that there will be some clean rugby with no errors. We need it!
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Stade Francais have a penalty and find a good touch six metres out! Is this it?
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TRY, LIONS, SMITH! 30-12: And there is goes as the Lions almost certainly secure a bonus-point win!
Lions
Lions
Stade Francais
Stade Francais
4
Tries
2
15' Horn Quan
26' Horn Quan
60' Coetzee Andries
76' Smith Ruan
40' Hall James
70' Barre Leo
2
Conversions
1
16' Hendrikse Jordan
28' Hendrikse Jordan
71' Barre Leo
2
Penalties
0
11' Hendrikse Jordan
24' Hendrikse Jordan
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Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
Smith Jean-Pierre
Visagie Jaco
Ntlabakanye Asenathi
Alberts Willem
Janse van Vuren P...
Kriel Jaco
Venter Ruan
Tshituka Emmanuel
Nohamba Sanele
Hendrikse Jordan
Horn Quan
Louw Marius
Van Wyk Henco
Van Der Merwe Edwill
Coetzee Andries
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Kakovin Vasil
Panis Laurent
Melikidze Giorgi
Huguen Nathan
van der Mescht JJ
Tsutskiridze Giorgi
Hirigoyen Mathieu
Sclezo Juan Martin
Hall James
Barre Leo
Glover Harry
Dachary Theo
Odogwu Paolo
Megdoud Nadir
Monin Leo
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Reserves
8
van Vuuren Michael
Smith Ruan
Sithole Sithembiso
Warner Andre
Nothnagel Reinhard
Landsberg Darrien...
Sangweni Sibusiso
Jonker Rynhardt
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18
17
22
19
20
21
23
Arrate Alex
Coville Arthur
Alo-Emile Moses
Alo-Emile Paul
Peyresblanques Lucas
Abramishvili Sergy
Kanika Noa
Dreno Ferdinand