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    Highlanders vs Lions

    Super Rugby, 12 May, 2018

    Forsyth Barr Stadium
    Fulltime - Highlanders 39, Lions 27
    Highlanders   Lions
    39 FINAL SCORE 27
    5 TRIES 4
    4 CONVERSION KICKS 2
    2 PENALTY GOALS 1
    0 DROP GOALS 0
     
     
    Referee: Angus Gardner
    Touch judges: Brendon Pickerill & James Doleman
    TMO: Glenn Newman

    Match result:

    South African conference leaders the Lions have suffered a rare streak of three Super Rugby losses after they went down to the Highlanders 39-27 in Dunedin on Saturday night.

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    Final score
    Highlanders 39
    Lions 27

    Match preview:

    The Highlanders will look to get back to winning ways against the Lions, who are out to claim their second win on tour. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 5:35pm (AEST).

    While the Johannesburg-based side currently top the South African conference, their last two weeks were forgettable, losing to the Reds and Hurricanes.

    This leaves them seven points ahead of their nearest conference competitor, the Jaguares, as their pool looks much closer than in previous years.

    The southern men find themselves in fifth place, eight points behind the Hurricanes, and just one point above the Chiefs, meaning that tonight is a must-win game, as they could drop three places with a loss.

    Alternatively, if the Landers win, it will largely bridge the gap between them and the Canes – if the Hurricanes lose as well – but if the Otago team lose and Wellington win, the gap will extend out to 13 points.

    In team news, Aaron Mauger hasn’t done his team’s chances of winning any favours, as Aaron Smith gets rested, due to the requirement to give All Blacks two weeks off throughout the season, while Kayne Hammington comes in as his replacement.

    James Lentjes comes in as flanker for Dillon Hunt, and Tevita Nabura replaces Sio Tomkinson at winger.

    For the Lions, Robbie Coetzee comes in at hooker, replacing Malcolm Marx, and Johannes Jonker is in for Jacobie Adriaanse. The second row also sees replacements, as Andries Ferreira and Marvin Orie pack down.

    Captain Franco Mostert and Cyle Brink switch sides in the backrow, but Kwagga Smith retains his place at eight.

    2016 was the last time these sides met, the Highlanders running out winners 34-16, while in 2015 the Lions got up 28-23.

    Prediction
    After the Highlanders’ poor showing against the Sharks, the Lions should be too strong.

    Lions by 8.

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    • 7:33pm
      Tom English said | 7:33pm | ! Report

      The Highlanders started it all off with Lima Sopoaga scoring a Try in the fifth minute, before Jantjies shortened the gap with a penalty kick for 7-3, but it didn’t take long from then for Liam Coltman to score in the 14th for 14-3.

      Luke Whitelock scored a 34th minute try to put his team out by 16 points, before Harold Vorster and Robbie Coetzee scored with five minutes of each other, putting the Lions well and truly back in it.

      After halftime, the Highlanders struck first, with Waisake Naholo giving his team an 11 point lead, before Robbie Coetzee hit back with his second try in the 49th.

      Walden then scored from a Rob Thompson kick, in the 64th, before Schoeman went over from close range to put his team back in it.

      Lima Sopoaga went two from two in penalty kicks near fulltime, gifting his side a 12 point advantage to win the game.

      The Lions never led the game, but the final score may even flatter the Highlanders, given that the Jo-burg side rarely let them out to much of an advantage during the game.

      One of the best stories to come out of it was Rob Thompson who had a blinder of a game, setting up tries and racking up 61 metres.

      Highlanders 39-27 Lions.

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      7:33pm
      Harry Jones said | 7:33pm | ! Report

      Fun game to watch, as a NEUTRAL

    • 7:25pm
      Diggercane said | 7:25pm | ! Report

      Fun game, good win after the travel for the clan.

      Congrats Highlander, Muzzo and all 👍🏻

    • 7:24pm
      Tom English said | 7:24pm | ! Report

      79‘ – Kick successful, that could be game!

      Highlanders: 39
      Lions: 27

    • 7:23pm
      Tom English said | 7:23pm | ! Report

      79‘ – Only a couple of minutes left, Tomkinson gets a touch, Josh Dixon, Smith, Ioane, Thompson with that chip and chase again, Penalty to Highlanders, right in front.

      This could be the deciding kick.

      Highlanders: 36
      Lions: 27

    • 7:22pm
      Highlander said | 7:22pm | ! Report

      Every week too mm, just doesn’t fall off in performance, runs the defence brilliantly too

      • 7:26pm
        moaman said | 7:26pm | ! Report

        Really heady player…we seem to have a bit of a logjam of midfield and outside backs in nZ atm.

        • 7:27pm
          Highlander said | 7:27pm | ! Report

          Good eh, we were looking a little thin during the Lions tour now Goodhue, Proctor and Thompson putting pressure on the incumbents

    • 7:21pm
      moaman said | 7:21pm | ! Report

      How good is Rob Thompson Highlander?
      Enjoyable game and vital win for ‘Landers.Really good game to watch.Lions are a skillful side.

    • 7:20pm
      Highlander said | 7:20pm | ! Report

      Amazing pace of game from two sides both out on their feet after recent travel, awesome effort from both.

      Nice to see the Highlanders give the ball some air and do better in retaining it this week.

    • 7:19pm
      Tom English said | 7:19pm | ! Report

      Penalty Goal
      78‘ – Kick is good

      Highlanders: 36
      Lions: 27

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