Emirates Lions 37 - 20 Cardiff Rugby
HT 24-13
Sun 13 March 14:00 Emirates Airlines Park Ref: Chris Busby United Rugby Championship

Van der Merwe again the threat as Lions look to cap off with the bonus point. Quick ball sees them running close, but we'll go up to the TMO to confirm. | 30-20 #URC


Nice link up between Hill and Evans in midfield as the Cardiff half backs look to threaten. | 30-20 #URC



Jamie Hill replaces Lloyd Williams, as Dacey returns from the bin. | 30-20 #URC


Ben Thomas slices through but is caught isolated and Lions win the penalty to clear their lines. | 30-20 #URC



Domachowski and Screech make way for Thyer and Thornton as the final 10 edges closer here in Johannesburg. | 30-20 #URC


Yellow Card

Kristian Dacey is sent to the bin for 10. He was heading in for the clear out, but as another Lions player gets up off the floor, he catches him on the head. Completely accidental but Cardiff are down to 14. | 30-20 #URC


The maul again causing problems at short range. Cardiff have an advantage as Emmanuel Tshituka resorts to collapsing and will go again. | 30-20 #URC


That's a big turnover from Corey Domachowski on halfway. Evans wastes no time in going for touch, and it's pin-perfect from the centurion as Cardiff attack the corner. | 30-20 #URC


Lions add a penalty through Hendrikse to extend their advantage to 10. | 30-20 #URC


Superb injection of speed from Summerhill to get around the Lions defence on the outside. He finds Botham in support, but the back row runs out of space and is put into touch. | 27-20 #URC


Morne van den Berg is caught offside, and Evans' kick gives Cardiff an attacking opportunity on the fringe of the Lions' 22. | 27-20 #URC


Penalty Goal (Opp.)

Emirates Lions reply with a long range effort from Hendrikse. | 27-20 #URC



Shane Lewis-Hughes' day is over, having gone down in the last play. He's replaced by Ellis Jenkins at Ellis Park. | 24-20 #URC



Counter rucking proves key to forcing a turnover for Cardiff. Lloyd Williams and Arhip do some damage with ball in hand before it's spun wide to Botham. The back row cuts back inside, breaking clear and dotting down to bring Cardiff back into it. Fine finish! | 24-20 #URC


We're back underway in Johannesburg, and the Blue and Blacks have an early attacking opportunity as Kriel doesn't hold his own body weight at the breakdown. We're on the edge of the 22. | 24-13 #URC


Half Time

HALF TIME | HANNER AMSER - Hendrikse tries his luck with a monster effort from his own half, but just drags it wide. The hosts lead by 11 points at the break. Y tim cartref ar y blaen ar yr hanner, gyda van der Merwe yn croesi dwy-waith. | 24-13 #URC



TRY! Turnbull pulls it back to Evans, the outside half takes it to the line before feeding Summerhill behind. The wing has options on his outside, but fixes the defence. and slices through for his first try of the season. | 24-13 #URC


Great work from Nipper, who threads a kick through, finding space behind. Summerhill is on the chase, but the ball dribbles into touch for a 50:22 and an opportunity for the Blue and Blacks. | 24-6 #URC



Strong tackle from Lee-Lo, but he seems to have come out on the brunt end of it. The Samoan will head off for a HIA, with Max Llewellyn introduced in midfield. | 24-6 #URC


Scratch that. Boyde's effort is chalked off after an infringement at the maul. | 24-6 #URC


First real attacking opportunity, as the pack edge close to the whitewash. Francke Horn concedes a penalty for collapsing the maul and we'll go to the corner once again. | 24-6 #URC


Try (Opp.)

Third for Lions, and a second for van der Merwe. Horn counters, and Lions attack the short side, with Tshituka's offload crafting the break. | 24-6 #URC


Turnbull forces Sithole to knock on as Emirates Lions look to crank up the pressure on the visitors. | 17-6 #URC


Ben Thomas the latest to be penalised for a high tackle. Hendrikse brings Lions back into the 22. | 17-6 #URC


Try (Opp.)

Ball is spilled from the restart, and Myhill is unfortunate to be caught offside. Lions tap from close range, truck it up through the forwards and create the space from van der Merwe to dive in at the corner for the hosts' second. | 17-6 #URC


Penalty Goal

Hendrikse is penalised for going off his feet and Evans cuts the deficit to four. | 10-6 #URC


Penalty Goal (Opp.)

Lions' Hendrikse add three after Cardiff were pinned for offside. | 10-3 #URC


Penalty Goal

Good work by Morgan on the counter, winning extra yards thanks to his trademark footwork. With Cardiff on the front foot, Tshituka is penalised for a high tackle and Evans points towards the sticks. No mistakes from the number 10 who opens his account on his 100th | 7-3 #URC


Try (Opp.)

Early try for Lions. Hendrikse's 50:22 gives them the attacking opportunity, and van den Berg snipes over from the second phase. | 5-0 #URC


Kick Off

KICK OFF | Y GIC GYNTAF | Jarrod Evans gets us underway here at a warm and humid Johannesburg, on the occasions of his 100th appearance for the Blue and Blacks. Cardiff donning their all black kit for the first time this season. | 0-0 #URC