The Lions concluded a famous tour of Australasia as they overcame the Reds on Friday at the Suncorp Stadium in their Super Rugby clash. The Johannesburg franchise, who were coming from two consecutive wins Down Under, started the first half showing the intent to win. However it was the home side who took the lead when Quade Cooper kicked over the posts to put Richard Graham’s men 3-0 up.
The lead didn’t last long as in the 14th minute Harold Vorster held off an opponent to reach the try line before Elton Jantjies missed the conversion. Later he would get the opportunity to redeem himself, getting a penalty and successfully kicking it. This gave the visiting team an 8-3 advantage at half-time.
The South African outfit continued applying pressure in the second half. As a result they extended their lead to 15-3 through Warwick Tecklenburg’s try. The resulting conversation was successful.
Things would start looking up for the Brisbane franchise. With Ruan Combrinck in the sin-bin the Queenslanders took full advantage, when a power struggle insued during a scrum. Johan Ackermann’s men illegally disrupted it; thus the hosts were awarded a penalty try.
Then from another scrum the home side managed to keep possession by successfully recycling the passes. From this, Samu Kerevi found himself powering over the try line. Cooper kicked the conversation pulling the home team ahead 17-15.
Ill discipline denied the Australians a win as nine minutes from time the visitors were awarded a penalty directly in front of the posts. Jantjies made no mistake kicking the penalty to put Ackermann’s men ahead 18-17. Some shaky defending ensured the visitors left with a famous hat-trick of wins on overseas turf.