Tonight was certainly a game of two halves. The Highlanders had an exceptional first hald and led the Lions 20-3 going into the shed at halftime. There was a clear attacking game plan from the first whistle from both teams and the home side opened the scoring with a penalty to Marnitz Boshoff. The Highlanders struck back through the trustworthy boot of Lima Sopoaga who picked up a penalty and a drop goal. That was followed up with a well constructed try to Gareth Evans as the ball was shifted across the front of the Lions try line. Malakai Fekitoa finished the half with one of his trademark tries as he bust up the middle of the field for a 60 metre try leaving sprawling Lions defenders in his wake.

Unfortunately the Highlanders couldn't maintain the pace they set in the first half, whether it was the travel or playing at altitude, they appeared to run out of steam in the second half. The Lions struck not long after returning back to the field with a well constructed try to winger Courtnall Skosan to close the deficit. The Highlanders replied with surprise drop goal from Ben Smith under penalty advantage but that was soon followed up with a driving maul that ended in a try to the Lions bringing the game within 6 points and it wasn't long before the homeside went over for their third to bring the game within a single point. With 10minutes left on the clock the Lions slotted two penalties to complete their stunning comeback and took the game 28-23.

HALF TIME: LIO 3 - HIG 20

FULL TIME: LIO 28 - HIG 23

Lions
Tries - Skosan, Kriel, Vorster
Pen - Jantjies 2, Boshoff
Con - Jantjies 2

Highlanders
Tries - Evans, Fekitoa
Pen - L.Sopoaga
Con - L.Sopoaga 2
Drop - L.Sopoaga, B.Smith

 

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