Lions make stunning comeback to beat Hurricanes in semi-final

Elton Jantjies kicked 14 points for Lions
Elton Jantjies kicked 14 points for Lions

Lions 44-29 Hurricanes, Emirates Airlines Park

Lions scored five tries in the second half as they came from behind to defeat Hurricanes 44-29 in the second semi-final of Super Rugby 2017 season at Emirates Airlines Park on Saturday.

The result also means they have set up an home final with the most consistent team this season Crusaders on 5th August at the same venue.

Elton Jantjies kicked a fourth minute penalty to kick the proceedings for Lions but Hurricanes responded back with tries from TJ Perenara, Wes Goosen and Ardie Savea with fly-half Beauden Barrett kicking two conversions and a penalty to take them to a 3-22 lead.

Prop Jacques Van Rooyen provided some respite for Lions with a touchdown at the stroke of half time during which they trailed by 12 points.

Lions looked a complete different team in the second half as Ross Cronje (43'), Malcolm Marx (52'), Harold Vorster (61'), Jantjies (68') and Kwagga Smith (73') all crossed over as they added 34 points in it.

Ngani Laumape's try and Jordie Barrett's conversion were the only points for Hurricanes in the second 40 minutes while they also suffered a set back when Beauden was sin-binned in the 57th minute.

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