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
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
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
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)
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