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    Lions claim third win on tour

    2015-03-27 12:59

    Brisbane - The Lions rounded of a successful Super Rugby road trip by heaping more misery on the struggling Reds with a 18-17 (half-time 8-3) win in Brisbane on Friday.

    As it happened: Reds 17-18 Lions

    The Johannesburg-based side showed no signs of weariness despite four weeks away as they soaked up waves of Reds pressure to earn their third win of the tour and season after victories over the Melbourne Rebels and Blues.

    Harold Vorster crossed for his first Super Rugby try in the opening half with flank Warwick Tecklenburg adding a second after the break to hand the 2011 champion Reds their fifth loss in six matches this season.

    Many of those defeats had been blamed on a crippling injury list but the Reds welcomed back six players on Friday, including flyhalf Quade Cooper and James O'Connor on the wing.

    The mercurial Cooper showed his full range of passing skills in the early minutes and kicked the Reds into a 3-0 lead with a penalty before the Lions hit back through Vorster.

    The 21-year-old inside centre held off the powerful Samu Kerevi to touch down in the corner in the 14th minute.

    Elton Jantjes missed the conversion but kicked a penalty just before the half-time whistle to send the visitors in 8-3 up.

    The Reds enjoyed a bye last week and showed rustiness as they coughed up a second try with a wayward lineout that resulted in Tecklenburg crashing over for a 15-3 lead.

    The Reds, though, hit back immediately. With Lions wing Ruan Combrinck in the sin-bin, they were awarded a penalty try after a powerful scrum that was headed for the South Africans line was disrupted illegally.

    The hosts took the lead after a brilliant reverse pass by replacement Ben Tapuai sent Cooper clear with the Reds recycling possession quickly to allow Kerevi to burst over in the 68th.

    Cooper added the conversion to put the Reds 17-15 up but ill discipline allowed Jantjies an easy opportunity to slot a penalty from in front of the posts.

    More frantic defence in the final stages ensured the win, with a Cooper drop goal effort charged down by the Lions to end the game.



    Tries: Penalty try, Samu Kerevi

    Conversions: Quade Cooper (2)

    Penalty: Cooper


    Tries: Harold Vorster, Warwick Tecklenburg

    Conversion: Elton Jantjies

    Penalties: Jantjies (2)



    15 Lachie Turner, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Anthiny Fainga'a, 11 James O'Connor, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Curtis Browning, 6 Adam Thompson, 5 Dave McDuling, 4 James Horwill, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper (captain)

    Substitutes: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Marco Kotze, 20 Michael Gunn, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Ben Tapuai, 23 Chris Feauai-Sautia

    15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Ruan Combrinck, 13. Lionel Mapoe, 12. Harold Vorster, 11. Sampie Mastriet, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Warren Whiteley (captain), 7. Warwick Tecklenburg, 6. Derick Minnie, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Robert Kruger, 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Robbie Coetzee, 1. Schalk van der Merwe

    Substitutes: 16. Armand van der Merwe, 17. Jacques van Rooyen, 18. Julian Redelinghuys, 19. Martin Muller, 20. Jaco Kriel, 21. Faf de Klerk, 22. Marnitz Boshoff, 23. Howard Mnisi

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