Super Rugby

Lions beat Reds in Johannesburg




The Lions have played the Queensland Reds 19 times in Super Rugby since 1998, the Lions have won six matches, lost 12 times and drawn once.

The Lions’ six wins give them a record of winning 32% of their matches against the Reds regardless of venue.

  • Queensland defeated the Lions 27-22 in their most recent meeting in Super Rugby (28 April 2018) after keeping them scoreless in the first half (24-0), it ended a three-match losing run against them.
  • The Lions have won 10 of their last 11 home games against Australian opposition in Super Rugby, including their last seven on the bounce; their only defeat in that span came against the Brumbies in 2015.
  • The Reds have lost 29 of their last 33 Super Rugby games away from home (W4), including their previous four on the bounce; however, they were successful in their last visit to South Africa (def. Sharks, 21-14).
  • The Lions beat a total of just 13 defenders throughout the first round of the 2020 Super Rugby campaign, the fewest of any team –only once in the two seasons prior have they made less (9 v Stormers, 23 February 2019).
  • Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (Reds) stole a brace of lineouts during Round 1 this season – one of only two players to do so (also Mitchell Brown) – after stealing one lineout in his previous 15 Super Rugby games.

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Elton Jantjies leads his team out at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg. There has been torrential rain on the Highveld, the ground is sodden and, therefore, will be heavy underfoot.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in South Africa as Jantjies gets us underway.

2.00: The Reds win the aerial contest, go wide, but the Lions compete well at the breakdown, although, they go offside. Bryce Hegarty kicks to the corner.

3.00: A messy Queensland lineout is almost gathered by Marnus Schoeman, but the flanker knocks on trying to gather the bouncing ball. Scrum to the Reds on the Lions’ 22, 10 metres in from touch.

4.00: The first scrum is reset: standard. Reds win the penalty after Jannie du Plessis is deemed to have collapsed the set-piece. Liam Wright opts for the points.

5.00: PENALTY! Hegarty puts the visitors on the board. 0-3

6.00: Morné van den Berg tries to take a quick tap penalty on the Reds’ 22, but is called back by Jaco Peyper for not being on the mark. Jantjies kicks to the corner.

7.00: TRY! Tyrone Green scores his maiden Super Rugby try, the winger latches onto Jantjies’ well-weighted grubber and dots down in the right-hand corner. 5-3

9.00: MISS! Jantjies’ kick is wide. 5-3

10.00: TRY! The Lions kick the ball away, the Reds regather and send the pill to Jock Campbell, who races away to score under the posts for his 3rd Super Rugby try.

11.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty adds the extras. 5-10

13.00: A scuffle breaks out between Du Plessis and a Queensland player before the Reds’ scrum.

14.00: Mr Peyper warns Reds skipper Wright about Jean-Pierre Smith’s second illegal ruck clearance. Jantjies kicks to the corner.

16.00: The home team’s pack set up a driving maul, then proceed to walk the opposition backwards from their 22 to their try-line. The Aussies bring down the maul illegally, but the Lions continue to attack with the penalty advantage.

17.00: TRY! Green has a second score. The Lions went 11 phases before shifting the ball wide to the left-wing where Greem was on hand to cut inside Taniela Tupou and score to level. 10-all

18.00: MISS! Jantjies misses from near the sideline. 10-all

20.00: Schoeman, attacking from a midfield scrum, is stripped of possession. The Reds go wide, but the kick is direct into touch. Lineout to the home team on the Reds’ 10m.

21.00: The Lions make another hash of their throw, conceding possession, which the Reds kick away. It’s very scrappy in the City of Gold.

22.00: Green knocks on his intercept attempt; scrum to the Australians inside the Lions’ half.

24.00: BIG SCRUM by the Aussies, who wins another scrum-penalty after Peyper deems Du Plessis to have collapsed. Hegarty will take a shot at goal.

26.00: PENALTY! The fullback puts his side back in front. 10-13

28.00: Alex Mafi comes in from the side of the driving maul. The Lions kick to the corner.

30.00: The Lions get pinged for the third time in the scrum, this time it was on the Queensland try-line, which is costly to the hosts.

33.00: The Lions are back on the attack inside the opposition’s half, but the ball is slow, allowing the Reds to regroup.

36.00: The Reds win a defensive turnover on their 22 after the hosts went seven phases.

37.00: The Lions have a lineout inside the opposition’s 22 after a poor clearance.

38.00: Hamish Stewart smashes Jantjies near the goal-line, the ball is sent wide but nothing comes from the attack. Mafi is caught offsides again, allowing Jantjies to kick to the corner.

39.00: Harry Wilson is lucky not to be carded for repeat infringements in the maul. The Lions kick to the corner again; they have another advantage because Tupou came in from the side.

40.00: YELLOW CARD! Tupou will spend 10 minutes in the bin. 10-13

40.00: TRY! Schoeman flops over the whitewash after a powerful driving maul. 15-13

42.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies – finally – finds his radar. 17-13

The halftime score was Lions 17 Reds 13

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Johannesburg.

43.00: A mistake by Courtnall Skosan gives the Reds a defensive scrum inside their 22.

44.00: Scrum reset.

45.00: Lions win possession against the head, but are tackled back. They have penalty-advantage. They kick to the corner. Another illegally sacked maul. Penalty advantage to the hosts.

45.00: YELLOW CARD! Josh Nasser, on debut and only just on the field, is sent to the bin.

46.00: The Lions lose possession on the opposition’s try-line. Very poor by the home team.

49.00: The Reds win another scrum-penalty, and clear to the halfway line.

50.00: Skosan chases Andries Coetzee’s kick, but the kick is over-cooked and rolls out over the dead-ball line.

52.00: NO TRY! Green almost has a hat-trick, after a wonderful counter-attack, but Henry Speight’s cover tackle puts the winger’s boot into touch. 17-13

54.00: The Lions are defending inside their half; they cannot get out.

57.00: Tupou returns and wins another scrum-penalty; the Reds opt for another scrum.

60.00: NO TRY! Harry Wilson thinks he has scored next to the posts after another powerful scrum, the third in a row given away by the hosts, but the TMO cannot overturn the call. Wilson looks to have been short before losing the ball in the act of grounding. Wright wants another scrum.

61.00: Scrum reset.

62.00: TRY! Tate McDermott darts inside Carlu Sadie and scores under the sticks. 17-18

63.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty can’t miss from in front. 17-20

65.00: The Lions are on the attack inside the Reds’ half.

68.00: The home team go 22 phases before Skosan slips through a tired Reds defence to score. 22-20

69.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies adds the easy two point-conversion. 24-20

73.00: Time is winding down. We have some more reset scrums because of the cut-up turf due to the rain.

76.00: PENALTY! Jantjies makes it a seven-point game. 27-20

78.00: The Reds go close, but a counter-attack is stalled because of a knock-on.

81.00: The hooter sounds; the Lions keep the ball, then punt it into touch.


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The final score is Lions 27 (17) Reds 20 (13)


Tries – Green (2), Schoeman, Skosan
Pen – Jantjies
Con – Jantjies (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Campbell, McDermott,
Pen – Hegarty (2)
Con – Hegarty (2)
Drop –
Cards – Tupou (Yellow, 40′), Nasser (Yellow, 45′)

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant Ref 2: Griffin Colby
TMO: Marius Jonker



Coach: Ivan van Rooyen 

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Tyrone Green, 13 Duncan Matthews, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies (captain), 9 Morné van den Berg, 8 Len Massyn, 7 Vincent Tshituka, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ruben Schoeman, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Pieter Jansen, 1 Dylan Smith.

Replacements: 16 Jan-Henning Campher, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20 Ruan Vermaak, 21 Dillon Smit, 22 Manuel Rass, 23 Shaun Reynolds


Coach: Brad Thron

15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Henry Speight, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright (captain), 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Jean-Pierre Smith.

Replacements: 16 Sean Farrell, 17 Dane Zander, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Seru Uru, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Isaac Lucas, 23 Hunter Paisami.

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