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Lions beat Highlanders to reach maiden Super Rugby final

The Lions booked a maiden Super Rugby final appearance with a 42-30 victory over defending champions the Highlanders at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Elton Jantjies, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Courtnall Skosan, Jaco Kriel and Lourens Erasmus touched down for the Johannesburg-based hosts, who outscored the New Zealand outfit by five tries to four, with Jantjies adding four conversions and three penalties.

Matt Faddes, Lima Sopoaga, Waisake Naholo and Joseph Wheeler crossed for second-half scores for the visitors, with Lima Sopoaga kicking the rest of their points to no avail.

The Lions will face the Hurricanes in Wellington in the final next weekend.

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