This season’s Super Rugby semi-final pairings have been decided after an action-packed round of quarter-finals.
The Lions will play the Waratahs in Ellis Park in their semi-final live on Sky Sports on Saturday, after an inspired Elton Jantijies secured their passage with a bruising 40-23 win against the Jaguares.
The fly-half delivered a performance of real control, both out of hand and off the tee, to return a 20-point haul that included a drop-goal.
Wing Ruan Combrinck, centre Harold Vorster, hooker Malcolm Marx and full-back Andries Coetzee scored tries for the Lions, who have been losing finalists in the last two Super Rugby deciders.
Meanwhile, in Sydney, Bernard Foley scored two of Waratahs’ three second-half tries as his New South Wales side overturned a 17-point deficit to beat the Highlanders 30-23 in their quarter-final tie.
The Waratahs had been trailing 23-6 when Waisake Naholo was yellow-carded for two successive high tackles as the Highlanders scrambled back in defence.
Thereafter, Foley, who ended with 25 points, and Israel Folau crossed as the home side turned that deficit into a 27-23 lead they further extended by the final whistle.