JOHANNESBURG, July 28 (Reuters) - South Africa’s Lions fought back from 14 points down to beat the New South Wales Waratahs 44-26 in their Super Rugby semi-final on Saturday as Malcolm Marx and Kwagga Smith grabbed two tries each and winger Aphiwe Dyantyi scored a superb solo effort.
The Lions will play in the final for a third successive year, but must travel to New Zealand to meet the Canterbury Crusaders in Christchurch in the decisive encounter next Saturday.
The Waratahs scored two tries inside the opening eight minutes at Ellis Park to threaten an upset away win, but the Lions fought back to secure a thrilling victory, scoring six tries to their opponents’ four.
Courtnall Skosan scored the Lions’ other try with Ned Hanigan, Israel Folau, Tom Robertson and Jake Gordon going over for the Waratahs, who were level 19-19 at halftime but only managed to add to their points’ tally with five minutes left. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Toby Davis)