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Lions do the double on Waratahs

The Lions will travel to Christchurch to play the Crusaders in a repeat of the 2017 final. It is the Lions’s third successive final.

The hosts comfortably beat the Waratahs 44-26 in Johannesburg. Flanker Kwagga Smith scored two tries, hooker Malcolm Marx scored for the second successive match in also getting a brace, while there were tries for wing Aphiwe Dyantyi and replacement Courtnall Skosan. Flyhalf Elton Jantjies kicked four conversions and two penalties for 14 points.

The visitors had the best possible start in scoring 14 unanswered points in the first 10 minutes, but the match followed a predictable pattern once the Lions forwards found form and there was only ever going to be one winner in the second half.

The Tahs scored four tries through flank Ned Hanigan, prop Tom Robertson, fullback Israel Folau and replacement back Jake Gordon. Flyhalf Bernard Foley kicked three conversions and a penalty.

Keo and the Oracle’s semi-final bets

  • The Lions have won their last four games on the bounce against the Waratahs, including a 29-0 when they met earlier this year; the New South Wales squad had won each of their six meetings prior.
  • The Lions come into this game on the back of a brace of wins, the last time they won more was a three-game glut to open the current campaign.
  • This was the Waratahs’ eighth Super Rugby semi-final, with results  (W3, L5); the NSW club last appeared at this stage in a 2015 defeat to the Highlanders.\
  • Israel Folau has scored eight tries in his last six games in a Waratahs jersey in South Africa,

Lions 44 Waratahs 26 Live Match Page 

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Lourens Erasmus, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van

Substitutes: 16 Corne Fourie, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Hacjivah Dayimani, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Courtnall Skosan, 23 Howard Mnisi

Waratahs

15 Israel Folau, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Taqele Naiyaravoro, 10 Bernard Foley (captain), 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Will Miller, 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Jed Holloway, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson

Substitutes: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Brad Wilkin, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Cam Clark

Match Commentary

  • It’s all over! The referee has blown his whistle to end the game.
  • 79The Lions supporters go wild as Elton Jantjies successfully kicks the conversion.
  • 78Elton Jantjies sets up the try.
  • 78Trouble here as Courtnall Skosan breaches the defence.
  • 78The kick through from Lions has allowed Courtnall Skosan to touch down.
  • 76Lions sub Howard Mnisi comes onto the field.
  • 76Ruan Combrinck departs for Lions.
  • 75The touch judges raise their flags as Bernard Foley kicks the conversion.
  • 75This is dangerous for the defence as Michael Wells bursts through to advance the Waratahs attack.
  • 75Michael Wells sets up the try.
  • 75Incisive passing by Waratahs is finished off by Jake Gordon, as he goes over for the try.
  • 74Will Miller has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 74Franco Mostert has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 73Hacjivah Dayimani comes on for Lions.
  • 73Kwagga Smith leaves the field.
  • 73Corne Fourie comes on.
  • 73Malcolm Marx comes off.
  • 73Elton Jantjies kicks the penalty.
  • 70Lions have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 69Harry Johnson-Holmes comes on.
  • 69Tom Robertson comes off.
  • 68Waratahs have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 67Bryce Hegarty comes on.
  • 67Silatolu Latu comes off.
  • 67Lions decide to make a substitution, with Johannes Jonker getting some game time.
  • 67Lions decide to make a substitution, with Ruan Dreyer being replaced.
  • 67Lions make a substitution with Dillon Smit coming on.
  • 67Lions make a substitution with Ross Cronje coming off.
  • 64A gap opened in the defence and Cameron Clark took full advantage.
  • 64Waratahs sub Cameron Clark comes onto the field.
  • 64Curtis Rona departs for Waratahs.
  • 64Dylan Smith comes on for Lions.
  • 64Jacques Van Rooyen leaves the field.
  • 63Elton Jantjies adds the two points for Lions.
  • 63The defensive line has been broken as Kwagga Smith goes through the gap.
  • 62Ned Hanigan has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 62A bit of individual brilliance by Kwagga Smith leads to a try for Lions.
  • 60Silatolu Latu comes on.
  • 60Taqele Naiyaravoro comes off.
  • 59Paddy Ryan comes on.
  • 59Sekope Kepu comes off.
  • 59Brad Wilkin comes on.
  • 59Jed Holloway comes off.
  • 59You don’t see this very often but Elton Jantjies has had his conversion attempt charged down!!.
  • 57Nobody could stop that maul! Malcolm Marx places the ball down for the try.
  • 56Waratahs decide to make a substitution, with Thomas Staniforth getting some game time.
  • 56Waratahs decide to make a substitution, with Rob Simmons being replaced.
  • 56Damien Fitzpatrick (Waratahs) is shown a yellow card.
  • 56What a run here by Marnus Schoeman as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 55Andries Coetzee makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 54Waratahs make a substitution with Jake Gordon coming on.
  • 54Waratahs make a substitution with Nick Phipps coming off.
  • 54Elton Jantjies has kicked a penalty goal.
  • 52Lions sub Marnus Schoeman comes onto the field.
  • 52Lourens Erasmus departs for Lions.
  • 50Damien Fitzpatrick comes on for Waratahs.
  • 50Silatolu Latu leaves the field.
  • 49Waratahs have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 46Elton Jantjies can consider himself unlucky as he sees the ball hit the left upright and bounce away.
  • 46Lions have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 45Michael Wells has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 40Fabulous play by Waratahs has led to Kurtley Beale being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 40Courtnall Skosan comes on.
  • 40Aphiwe Dyantyi comes off.
  • 40The second half is underway.
  • 40Bernard Foley has hooked the conversion to the right of the posts.
  • 40The half-time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.
  • 39Spellbinding play by Rob Simmons is finished off with a try.
  • 39Trouble here as Tom Robertson breaches the defence.
  • 38Silky skills by Waratahs ends with a try for Tom Robertson.
  • 36Elton Jantjies does the business as his conversion attempt goes over.
  • 34The Lions pack has powered over for Malcolm Marx to score the try.
  • 27Elton Jantjies makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.
  • 26This is dangerous for the defence as Aphiwe Dyantyi bursts through to advance the Lions attack.
  • 25A stunning solo try from Aphiwe Dyantyi.
  • 24A gap opened in the defence and Malcolm Marx took full advantage.
  • 23Waratahs have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 21Elton Jantjies has hooked the conversion to the left of the posts.
  • 21Marvin Orie played a key part in that try.
  • 20The defensive line has been broken as Kwagga Smith goes through the gap.
  • 20A wonderful passing move by Lions is finished off by Kwagga Smith.
  • 20What a run here by Aphiwe Dyantyi as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 19Lions have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 14Curtis Rona makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 12Fabulous play by Lions has led to Kwagga Smith being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 9Bernard Foley converts the try.
  • 7That’s a great try assist by Bernard Foley.
  • 7A series of passes by Waratahs results in a try for Israel Folau.
  • 7Trouble here as Israel Folau breaches the defence.
  • 7This is dangerous for the defence as Taqele Naiyaravoro bursts through to advance the Waratahs attack.
  • 5Bernard Foley has kicked a conversion.
  • 4Jed Holloway sets up the try.
  • 3Great hands by Waratahs leads to a try for Ned Hanigan.
  • 3A gap opened in the defence and Ned Hanigan took full advantage.
  • 1The defensive line has been broken as Alex Newsome goes through the gap.

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