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Highlanders vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores, blog

12th May, 2018

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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
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Time: 5:35pm (AEST)
Tv: Live, Fox sports
Referee: Angus Gardner

Highlanders
15 Ben Smith (c), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Teihorangi Walden, 11 Tevita Nabura, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Kayne Hammington, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Elliot Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Alex Ainley, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Replacements: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Aki Seuili, 18 Kalolo Tuiloma, 19 Josh Dickson, 20 Marino Mikaele-Tu'u, 21 Josh Renton, 22 Patelesio Tomkinson.

Lions
15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrink, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Kwagga Smith, 7 Franco Mostert (c), 6 Cyle Brink, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Johannes Jonker, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Dylan Smith
Replacements: 16 Jacques Van Rooyen, 17 Ruan Dreyer, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Marnus Schoeman, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Rohan Janse Van Rensburg, 23 Sylvian Mahuza
The Hurricanes host the Lions. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
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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.

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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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