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The first Super Rugby match on Saturday is in Brisbane where the Reds host Johannesburg’s Lions at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The Reds have played the Lions 18 times in Super rugby since 1998 and they have won 11 and lost six. There was one draw between the teams and that was in 2008.

  • The Lions have won their last three games against the Reds, including a 44-14 victory in their last meeting – the biggest win in the history of the fixture.
  • The Reds have scored just one first-half try in their last four games at home; though, they’ve scored four in the second half of games in that span.
  • The Lions have won their last six games on the bounce in Australia, winning by an average margin of 15 points per game in that time.
  • The Lions boast a lineout success rate of 91% this season, the best of any team.
  • James Tuttle has a goal-kicking success rate of 88% this campaign, the best of any player to have made at least five attempts at the uprights.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Brisbane.

2.00: TRY! Jean-Pierre Smith dots down after a powerful Reds driving maul. 5-0

3.00: MISS! The conversion is wide. 5-0

6.00: The Lions are finally putting some phases together. They are inside Reds territory.

9.00: The Lions win back possession after getting blasted in the scrum, however, the Reds win a penalty at the breakdown, and clear their lines.

11.00: TRY! Caleb Timu intercepts Dillon Smit’s pass and runs half the length of the field for the Reds second try. 10-0

13.00: MISS! Another conversion is wide. 10-0

14.00: Filipo Daugunu causes some havoc in the visitor’s defence, but he could not hold on to the ball. The Lions are ragged at the moment.

17.00: Madosh Tambwe’s clearance-kick is poor, giving the home team a good attacking opportunity.

18.00: The rain is starting to fall in Brisbane.

20.00: Taniela Tupou wins the penalty at the breakdown. You just cannot move the big man with his low centre of gravity.

22.00: Andries Coetzee is treble-teamed running back a poor Reds clearance-kick after the home team stole a Lions lineout, inside their 22.

26.00: The Reds have had the better of the opening exchanges. They’ve won a scrum penalty, stolen a lineout, scored two tries and have looked the better side with ball in hand.

27.00: TRY! Brandon Paenga-Amosa picks up a loose ball and crashes over from close-range. Hamish Stewart beat Elton Jantjies and raced into the Lions’ 22 before being tackled short.

28.00: CONVERSION! Daugunu takes over the kicking duties and adds the extras. 17-0

30.00: The Lions have conceded the last six penalties in the game since the 10th-minute. The South Africans are looking ragged in the tight and loose phases. Their tackling has been poor and the Reds are dominating the advantage line with over 70% success.

32.00: The execution in all facets of the game, has been off by the visitors. Nothing is going their way.

35.00: Angus Scott-Young hits Johan Janse van Rensburg with a big hit, dislodging the ball from the centre’s grasp, however, the counter-attack loses momentum after a Reds knock on.

39.00: Another lineout steal by the Reds, starts a counter-attack from inside their half.

40.00: The Reds have been superb in the first stanza, playing their best game by far, this season.

41.00: TRY! The Reds bulldoze the Lions scrum. Adam Korczyk flicked the ball back to George Smith, who crashes over for the fourth try of the afternoon. 22-0

42.00: CONVERSION! Daugunu slots the kick. 24-0

The halftime score was Reds 24 Lions 0

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Queensland where the Reds are enjoying their best performance of the season.

42.00: This is the most points by the Reds in a first-half since Round Four in 2014 – wow!

43.00: The Lions conceded 12 turnovers, missed 13 tackles and got dominated at the set-pieces and gain-line.

45.00: The Reds get awarded another penalty. Their driving maul has been immense, driving the South Africans back at every opportunity.

46.00: Samu Kerevi opts for a scrum. The Lions have an entirely new front row, too.

47.00: Dylan Smith is pinged for collapsing. This time, Kerevi calls for a shot at goal. What’s going on here?

48.00: PENALTY! Daugunu extends the Reds lead. 27-nil

50.00: The Lions have conceded nine penalties to the Reds’ one in the opening 50 minutes: remarkable.

51.00: The Lions, finally, get some go-forward, going 14 phases before earning a penalty for offsides.

53.00: Another eight phases, camped on the Queensland try-line, but the Lions can’t get over the whitewash. They are held-up and have the five-metre scrum.

54.00: Van Rensburg knocks on, over the try-line, however, the Lions have another penalty because the Reds pulled down the maul.

55.00: TRY! Malcolm Marx finishes off a powerful driving maul for his 21st Super Rugby try in 44 games. 27-5

56.00: MISS! Jantjies can’t add the sideline conversion. 27-5

59.00: The Lions go a dozen phases with relentless pick-and-drives, but the Reds hold the visitors up.

60.00: The referee calls over Kerevi to talk about the infringements at the maul and breakdown. The Lions have had 100% possession in the last 12 minutes: insane.

61.00: TRY! It’s Marx in for the double after the Lions’ pack destroys the Reds with another powerful driving maul. 27-10

62.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies adds the extras. 27-12

65.00: Marx wins a penalty at the breakdown. Great work by the ‘Rhino’ at the ruck.

69.00: The Lions lose the ball over the try-line for the second time in this half. That might just be it for the away team. Ruan Smith – yes, the prop – clears with a left foot kick. Boom!

73.00: Time is running out for the visitors.

76.00: The Reds counter-ruck and win the turnover before knocking forward. The home team has done enough for a well-deserved victory.

79.00: TRY! Marnus Schoeman crashes over from close-range. 27-17

80.00: MISS! Jantjies misses the drop-kicked. 27-17

82.00: TRY! Marnus Schoeman has another after a wonderful counter-attack and the Lions have a losing bonus-point. 27-22

83.00: MISS! Jantjies can’t add the extras. 27-22

FULL-TIME.

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The final score: Reds 27 (24) Lions 22 (0)

Scorers

Reds
Tries – J. Smith, Timu, Paenga-Amosa, G. Smith
Pen – Daugunu
Con – Daugunu (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Lions
Tries – Marx (2), Schoeman (2)
Pen –
Con – Jantjies
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Damon Murphy
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore

Teams

Reds

15 Aidan Toua, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi (captain), 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 Hamish Stewart, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Caleb Timu, 7 George Smith, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Jean-Pierre Smith.

Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Izaia Perese.

Lions

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Harold Vorster, 12 Rohan Janse van Rensburg, 11 Madosh Tambwe, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Dillon Smit, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Francois Mostert (captain), 6 Albertus Smith, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Jacques van Rooyen.

Replacements: 16 Robbie Coetzee, 17 Dylan Smith, 18 Johannes Jonker, 19 Lourens Erasmus, 20 Cyle Brink, 21 Marnus Schoeman, 22 Nicholas Groom, 13 Ashlon Davids.

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