The Hurricanes were able to snatch a 30-28 victory over the Lions right at the death in a tightly contested Super Rugby match in Johannesburg on Friday.
Both sides were dead on their feet by the end of the match after running themselves into the ground in a festival of attacking rugby.
The lead changed hands throughout the match and both sides will feel as thought they deserved the win, but it was the Hurricanes who held their nerve at the end.
Impressive flyhalf Beauden Barrett kicked 15 points, while both sides were able to score three tries as a reward for enterprising play.
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Tries: Taute, Van der Merwe, James
Cons: Jantjies 2
Pens: Taute, Jantjies 2
Tries: Taylor, Coles, Jane
Pens: Barrett 5
Lions: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Joshua Strauss (captain), 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Stephan Greeff, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 CJ van der Linde, 18 Hendrik Roodt, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar, 20 Tian Meyer, 21 Butch James, 22 James Kamana.
Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Conrad Smith (captain), 12 Tim Bateman, 11 Alapati Leiua, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Chris Eaton, 8 Victor Vito, 7 Jack Lam, 6 Faifili Levave, 5 Jason Eaton, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Tristan Moran.
Replacements: 16 Motu Matu'u, 17 Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 18 James Broadhurst, 19 Brad Shields, 20 TJ Perenara, 21 Daniel Kirkpatrick, 22 Charlie Ngatai.
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa), Ben Crouse (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
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