Lions edge out Waratahs 29-28 at Emirates Airlines Park

Elton Jantjies was part of the winning Lions' side
Elton Jantjies was part of the winning Lions' side

Lions 29-28 Waratahs, Emirates Airlines Park

Shaun Reynolds kicked the decisive penalty goal as Lions edged out Waratahs 29-28 in their Super Rugby face-off at Emirates Airlines Park on Saturday.

Lions now are positioned fourth in the South African Conference while Waratahs are placed fourth in the Australian group.

Nick Phipps (4'), Michael Hooper (13') and Rob Simmons (27') scored first half tries for Waratahs with Bernard Foley adding conversions on all three occasions to take them to 21 points.

Lions were equally competent as they slotted three tries through Aphiwe Dyantyi (11'), Stephan Lewies (18') and Kwagga Smith (33') as the difference between the two teams were just two points heading into the break.

Courtnall Skosan helped the home side seize the lead back with an early try in the second half but his efforts were negated by a touchdown from Thomas Staniforth as the scoreline became 26-28 at the end of the third quarter.

With 13 minutes left in the game, Reynolds slotted the all important penalty goal to help Lions complete a one point victory.

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