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Cwengile Jadezweni is the referee today with Rasta Rasivhenge and Quinton Immelman assisting him. Christie du Preez is the TMO.
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Tafel Lager Griquas – 15 Anthony Volmink, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Michal Haznar, 12 Andre Swarts, 11 Eduan Keyter, 10 George Whitehead (captain), 9 Christiaan Meyer, 8 Zandre Jordaan, 7 Sias Koen, 6 Gideon van der Merwe, 5 Victor Sekekete, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Ewald van der Westhuizen, 2 AJ Le Roux, 1 Khwezi Mona. Replacements: 16 Wilmar Arnoldi, 17 Mox Mxoli, 18 Johan Momsen, 19 Neill Jordaan, 20 Chriswill September, 21 Chris Smit, 22 Bjorn Basson, 23 Ruan Kramer.
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Xerox Golden Lions – 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Madosh Tambwe, 13 Wandisile Simelane, 12 Duncan Matthews, 11 Stean Pienaar, 10 Shaun Reynolds, 9 Ross Cronje (capt), 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Cyle Brink, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Sti Sithole. Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Len Massyn, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Jan-Louis la Grange, 23 Jamba Ulengo.
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The Golden Lions named an identical match-day squad to last week for the clash, while Griquas made three personnel changes to their starting team with Khwezi Mona (prop), Zandre Jordaan (No 8) and Christiaan Meyer (scrumhalf) taking over from Mox Mxoli, Neill Jordaan and Chriswill September, who have all been named among the replacements.
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The margins between these two teams are very small and that will make for an exciting game.
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Griquas will have enough motivation of their own as their last Currie Cup victory in Johannesburg in 2012.
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The Golden Lions have won only one of their three games at Ellis Park this season, which will motivate them to put up a good show in front of their home crowd.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Currie Cup clash between the Golden Lions and the Griquas from Emirates Airlines Park.
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Kick-off! The first half begins. The Griquas kick us off.
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First scrum of the game and it is reset. The referee has a few words with the players.
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The Griquas win a penalty and they will kick it for a lineout. A high tackle from Cronje, conceding the penalty.
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Griquas win the lineout and Meyer doing some great work at the breakdown. But a knock on from the visitors and the Lions have the advantage.
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TRY, LIONS, TAMBWE! 5-0: Brilliant finish from the Lions wing as Reynolds creates the try with a nice pass. Tambwe runs with it through the defence and scores the try. Poor defence by the Griquas. First try of the game.
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CONVERSION, LIONS, REYNOLDS! 7-0: Reynolds makes no mistake with the conversion and the Lions lead by 7 points.
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TRY, GRIQUAS, SMIT! 7-5: What a try for the Griquas! It all started when the penalty kick hit the uprights and came back into the hands of the Griquas. A few attempts later Griquas find a way to score through the defence and Smit is the try scorer.
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TRY, LIONS, PIENAAR! 12-7: Strong response from the Lions as they attack after Matthews' pass and Pienaar gets the ball on the wing and takes it all the way. Lions had the numbers to attack and score there. They lead by 5 points.
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CONVERSION, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 7-7: Whitehead makes no mistake with the conversion and the scores are tied.
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CONVERSION, LIONS, REYNOLDS! 14-7: Reynolds does well with the difficult kick and that will add on the extras for the Lions.
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We are in the second quarter of the game and Griquas are looking to attack. They work the ball through five phases before winning a penalty. Lions concede it for not releasing the ball.
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PENALTY, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 14-10: Whitehead makes no mistake as he kicks the penalty and the deficit is brought down to 4 points.
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Another scrum and it is reset so the referee has a few words with the players. Griquas have dominated the possession but are four points behind.
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PENALTY, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 14-13: It is a one point game now as Whitehead scores with another penalty. It feels like it is going to be a tight game here today.
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A knock on from Cronje and these handling errors are costing the Lions regularly now.
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The Lions win a penalty and it is good work from Sithole in the scrum. Reynolds will look to kick this.
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Wide! A big miss from Reynolds as he drags the kick away from the uprights and the Lions' lead remains on one point.
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We are in the final 10 minutes of the first half and the Lions have gone for the maul after the scrum. The referee gives a penalty to the Lions and they kick it to the corner for a lineout.
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Lions on the attack after the lineout and they win a penalty for the Griquas not rolling away. They will kick the ball to the corner for a 5m lineout.
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A wasted opportunity for the home side as Pienaar knocks the ball on just as he goes over the try line and he is not happy with himself. The Lions still in the lead with 1 point.
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A long kick from Whitehead from deep in his own half as he clears the ball and finds touch. Griquas will have the lineout.
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TRY, LIONS, DAYIMANI! 19-13: What a try! Brilliant passes from the Lions and then Dayimani finds a way through a couple of tackles to take the ball over the line. Big try for the Lions on the stroke of half-time.
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The second half begins. Reynolds gets us underway but kicks the ball straight into touch and the Griquas will have a scrum on the halfway line.
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HALF-TIME: GOLDEN LIONS 21-13 GRIQUAS. It has been a close contest in the first half with the Lions edging forward with a converted try. The Lions have played well but are in the lead despite a few errors. Griquas dominated possession but could not convert it to points.
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CONVERSION, LIONS, REYNOLDS! 21-13: Reynolds makes no mistake and slots in the conversion to push the lead to 8 points.
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The Lions take the penalty quickly and they will attack as the Griquas scramble back. There is a turnover and the visitors kick the ball deep.
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The Lions regroup and run with the ball again. Good run from Pienaar and Cronje but there is a knock on and the move comes to nothing.
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It is advantage Golden Lions after a good Griquas attack but they knock the ball forward and the crowd cheers the hosts on. The Lions have the feed at the scrum.
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Le Roux is down and he looks like he is injured. He will get some medical attention.
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Whitehead kicks the ball to the corner for a lineout after the visitors win a penalty. Griquas are slowly gaining ground and looking to attack.
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Griquas are on the attack and building patiently. They work the ball through 12 stages because the referee pulls play back for a Griquas penalty. They were playing under advantage. Whitehead will go for the corner and a lineout again.
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The Lions are doing a lot of defending in the last 10 minutes or so. The Griquas are attacking but they need to score next to stay in the game.
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A penalty to the Griquas as Lions concede it through Brink for a high tackle. The referee has a few words with the Lions' captain.
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PENALTY, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 21-16: First points of the second half go to the Griquas as Whitehead makes no mistake with the penalty goal. The deficit is brought down to 5 points with 22 minutes remaining in the game.
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PENALTY, LIONS, REYNOLDS! 24-16: It is back to a 8-point game as Lions win a penalty and Reynolds scores with an easy kick right in front of the uprights.
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The Lions are dominating the scrum and they will have the feed at another one here. Seven handling errors per side so far.
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The Griquas have a penalty and they have to kick it to the corner because they need a try. The difference between the two teams is 8 points.
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Schoeman picks up the ball from the scrum and looks to attack. He gets the support he needs at the breakdown as Lions gain some ground.
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A bit of scrappy play from both sides. A knock on from Reynolds and he is not happy with that call. The crowd also does not like it. The Lions concede the penalty.
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Pienaar with a good tackle on Smit who looks to attack for the Griquas. The visitors another penalty because of yet another Lions' error. They will look to kick this.
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PENALTY, GRIQUAS, WHITEHEAD! 24-19: Whitehead makes no mistake with the penalty and he brings the deficit back down to 5 points.
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PENALTY, LIONS, REYNOLDS! 27-19: The Lions are in the lead by 8 points again as both teams trade penalties. Reynolds makes no mistake with this one.
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The Lions win a penalty as the Griquas go off their feet in the ruck. Reynolds is quick to take the kick. Lions lead as we go into the final 10 minutes of the game.
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Another penalty to the Lions and this time Reynolds will kick it to the corner. Brilliant kick from him and the Griquas will need to defend well.
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Turnover ball to the Griquas and this is a big moment in the game. The Lions could have sealed a win here, but the Griquas are strong in defence and win a scrum.
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A penalty to the Golden Lions for hands in the ruck and the Lions go for another lineout in search of another try.
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TRY, LIONS, SCHOEMAN! 32-19: The lineout and then the maul for the Lions and Schoeman takes it over the line for the Lions. Big drive from the Lions and they know how important this try is for them. That could be the game, as the Lions score a late try.
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CONVERSION, LIONS, REYNOLDS! 34-19: Brilliant kick from Reynolds and the Lions push their lead to 15 points with less than three minutes remaining in the game.
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Another penalty conceded by the Griquas and Reynolds will kick for touch as the hooter goes.
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FULL-TIME: GOLDEN LIONS 34-19 GRIQUAS. It was a good game and it was close in the first half, but the Lions managed to pull away in the second half. A late try from Schoeman sealed the win for the hosts who will go through to the final. Lions win by 15 points.
Golden Lions
Griquas
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Tries
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6' Madosh Tambwe
15' Stean Pienaar
40' Hacjivah Dayi...
75' Marnus Schoeman
12' Chris Smit
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Conversions
1
8' Shaun Reynolds
16' Shaun Reynolds
40' Shaun Reynolds
77' Shaun Reynolds
14' George Whitehead
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Penalties
4
60' Shaun Reynolds
70' Shaun Reynolds
22' George Whitehead
26' George Whitehead
57' George Whitehead
69' George Whitehead
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Drop Goals
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Yellow Cards
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0
Red Cards
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Squad
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Sithembiso Sithole
Pieter Jansen
Jacobie Adriaanse
Ruben Schoeman
Marvin Orie
Marnus Schoeman
Cyle Brink
Hacjivah Dayimani
Ross Cronje
Shaun Reynolds
Stean Pienaar
Duncan Matthews
Wandisile Simelane
Madosh Tambwe
Tyrone Green
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6
7
8
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10
11
12
13
14
15
Khwezi Mona
AJ le Roux
Ewald van der Wes...
Ian Groenewald
Victor Sekekete
Gideon Van der Merwe
Sias Koen
Zandre Jordaan
Christiaan Meyer
George Whitehead
Eduan Keyter
Chris Smit
Michal Haznar
Ederies Arendse
Anthonie Volmink
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Reserves
8
Jan-Henning Campher
Dylan Smith
Johannes Jonker
Wilhelm van der S...
Len Massyn
Dillon Smit
Jan-Louis La Grange
Jamba Ulengo
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Wilmar Arnoldi
Mox Moxili
Johan Momsen
Niell Jordaan
Chriswill September
Tinus de Beer
Bjorn Basson
Ruan Kramer