SR: Lions 23, Reds 20


imagesThe Reds are determined to bounce back from last week’s disappointment, when they felt hard done by a few decision from the match officials.

They will encounter another South African referee, Stuart Berry, who has come under fire from SANZAR Game Manager Lyndon Bray for his handling of the Blues game against the Lions last week. However, the Reds can’t blame all their problems on the referee. There were three blown tries – and some ill-discipline – that robbed Richard Graham’s men of a chance at upsetting the unbeaten Sharks. They now have to turn their attention to another South African side on a roll.

The Lions have racked up three wins already in 2014 to be the surprise packets of the competition and will take some beating at Ellis Park. As well as being on their game the Reds will want to be on their best behaviour, with Lions superboot Marnitz Boshoff – who has already booted 20 penalties among his 96 points so far in 2014 – sure to make them pay for any indiscretions. Lions coach Johan Ackermann has repeatedly warned that his team, despite their impressive form, can’t take anything for granted.

“They certainly bring a new challenge,” he said of the Reds. “We can’t just look at their game against the Sharks this past Saturday,” Ackermann said, adding: “We have to accept that they may have been a bit below par [in a 20-35 loss in Durban]. It was their first game on the road and we have to realise they will be a much bigger threat. “We know how dangerous their backline can be and we will certainly have to improve our defence.”

Graham said the team had prepared well despite a few injury setbacks and was looking forward to the contest. “The Lions have been one of the form teams in the early rounds of Super Rugby. They are a young, energetic team who fight and scrap for everything,” Graham said. “We have spent a large part of the week focusing on our own game and wanting to improve certain aspects around the contact areas.”

The Reds and Lions have met 17 times in Super Rugby, with Queensland winning 13 of the encounters and drawing one. The Reds’ record in Johannesburg against the Lions is seven wins, one loss and one draw.

Recent results:
2012: Reds won 34-20, Brisbane
2011: Reds won 30-25, Johannesburg
2010: Reds won 41-26, Johannesburg
2009: Lions won 31-20, Brisbane
2008: Lions and Reds drew 24-24, Johannesburg
2007: Lions won 26-20, Brisbane


Lions: 15 Coenie van Wyk, 14 JW Jonker, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Stefan Watermeyer, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Willie Britz, 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Franco Mostert, 3 Julian Redelinghuys, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Mark Pretorius, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Ruan Dreyer, 19 Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 20 Stephan de Wit, 21 Ross Cronje, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Ruan Combrinck.

Reds: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Lachie Turner, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O’Donoghue, 20 Beau Robinson, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Anthony Fainga’a/Ben Lucas, 23 Dom Shipperley.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Francois de Bruin (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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  1. Lions running out of their own 22… but kick the ball away and Reds come back at the Lions….

    Penalty Reds for offside…

    Cooper kicking for points…..


    Score: Lions 0 Reds 3

  2. Lions from lineout….runs hard at Reds…..but loose the ball through bad handling….lineout for Reds…..

    Reds attack and get through the gap but loose the ball in the final tackle….

    Scrum Lions 5 meters from their line

  3. Reds kick downfield and Lions attack again through backline….Cooper try the intercept and knocks on….scrum Lions in the Reds half…..

    Penalty Lions as Reds falling in at scrum time……

    Boshoff going for points…….


    Lions 3 Reds 10

  4. Lions mess up line out but get lucky knock from Reds and scrum Lions…….

    two resets in the scrum….

    Lions being very clumsy ….scrum again for Lions ……

    Lions kick ball down field and eventually kicks it out lineout Reds

  5. Reds kick down the field in Lions 22 for lineout…..

    They run out of their own half and then give away a penalty for holding on in the ruck….

    Reds setup a attacking lineout but did not get it out and Lions kick forward but kick out directly…Lineout Reds…

  6. Penalty in scrum again against the Reds….Lions kick for touch Boshoff puts them in Reds 22…..

    Lions maul and lose the ball through not clearing the ball …Reds Scrum……

    Final Berry see the ball is not been put in straight…..they have done that all game and it took him 38 min to see that….

  7. Lions scrum 5 meters out from Reds line….

    Penalty Lions again from scrum……Lions scrum again…..

    Penalty again against Reds in scrum……ref now give Reds a warning in scrums…..

    Lions goes for points

    Reds lead the Lions 20-6 at half time

  8. Reds all over the Lions and deserve the lead at half time….Lions need to put some kind of structure in their game… can not run everything all the time from minute 1…….

    It is a Cooper show at this stage at Ellis park……

    Looking at the stats so far:

    Meters run……Reds 140 and Lions 161
    Carries…….Reds 50 and Lions 36
    Tackles…..Reds 36 and Lions 49
    Missed tackle….Reds 6 and Lions 9
    Handling errors….Reds 5 and Lions 8

  9. Lions kick downfield just for the Reds to counter with another attack and the Reds kick out for a 5 meter lineout…Lions lineout through…..

    Lions under huge pressure and get the their kick charge down….Lions lineout again….

    This time Van Wyk kicks the ball out of Lions 22

  10. Lions scrum just outside Reds 22…..

    Lions with sloppy scrum and Boshoff goes for drop kick ….not over…Reds take quickly and move into Lions half again….

    Lions get ball and get penalty as well and search for lineout in Reds 22…..

    Lions lineout…..they drive with the maul………..Lions through the hands…….but loose the ball and Reds kick out for Lions lineout still in Reds half

  11. From lineout…Reds stole the ball and starts running with a kick through…Lions counter but loose the ball and Reds kick down field …back in Lions 22…..

    Lions lineout….kick down field and Reds return with a kick out….Lions ball

  12. Lions win lineout and starts running with the backline and force penalty in ruck….

    Lions goes for the points……

    Boshoff kick….OVER!!!
    Reds lead now 20-9 with 28 min left

  13. Cooper kicks deep…Faf get the gap kick forward and collect again…..Lions 5 meters out……

    penalty Lions inside Reds 22…..

    Boshoff setup lineout……

    From Lineout….Lions gets another penalty…..Boshoff goes for the line again…..

    and they loose the ball and Reds kick out of their 22

  14. Knock on Reds in lineout scrum Lions…….

    Lions loose ball in backline…in contact…scrum Reds….

    Reds kick down field and Lions start running …..
    Lions lose ball ……Reds kick own field and Boshoff kicks out for lions out Reds on half way

  15. Handling from both teams are like school boy rugby….

    Another handling error by Reds scrum Lions…..

    from scrum…..Lions lose the ball in the scrum but manage to push over the ball again and scrum lions again…..

    Penalty again Lions in scrum….Boshoff again go for line… 5 penalties they did not go for poles……

    From lineout…..Lions drive…..Reds come offsides……

    Lions take it out to the backline and Lionel score for Lions ……TRY!!!!!!!….Finally

    Reds now lead 20-16…..with 15 min left

  16. Boshoff kick the ball back …as Reds return the kick….Lions attack and kick the ball away with Reds kicking the ball out …Lions ball…..

    Lions run from lineout….
    Lions knock ball in tackle….scrum Reds… just outside Lions 22

  17. Reds attack from scrum…..they move the ball through the backline….Cooper goes for cross kick and over cooked it….

    22 Drop out for Lions as they goes short and penalty again to Lions from break down……Finally a yellow card to the Reds….

  18. Lions with attacking lineout……

    Lions goes blind side inside Reds 22…..Reds turn over and kick out ….Lions lineout still in Reds half….

    Reds looking tired……

    Form Lineout…Lions drive the maul……Lions goes with kick through….

    Lions still with attacking ball…..

    Lions goes still…..

    penalty Lions and here comes another yellow for Reds…..

    7 min to go……Lions goes for scrum with 6 men in scrum against them…….

    The crowd is going mad in JHB !!!!

  19. From second penalty scrum………

    reset scrum……

    form scrum again……..

    Penalty again Lions…..Lions goes for lineout…….

    TRY !!!!!! LIONS!!!!!!!!!!

    Courtnall Skosan

    Ref goes for TMO

  20. Just absolutely brilliant play from the never say die Lions….

    Never gave up and outplay the star Reds team….

    Just brilliant…….

    Need to get my breath back……….!!!!!!

  21. Can’t remember when last I respected a team
    like this bunch of rookies – showing the
    Breezes and the Cheetahs what it’s about.

    Imagine they can just erase half the silly
    mistakes they made from their game.

    DAWIE – jy mag dronk word.


  22. Absolutely love the Lions approach.

    Also do not underestimate the advantage you get if your 10 dominates.

    This is not that crappy a Reds team and Lions played the game perfectly – coming in strong in the last 10 when the altitude was eating the seasiders.

  23. What can you say other than just Brilliant from this Lions side…..

    They never gave up and stuck to their structure and knew they will get it somehow…

    This is one of the best comeback victories I saw from any SA team for a long time…..

    Fully deserve the win and the accolades going with that……

    What a game and brilliant win

  24. Oh that was good.
    Lions possessed by same mojo Cheetahs had last year.

    Whatever the Lions are on….I want some

  25. No worries boys… thanks I was watching the game with my Mother in Law… she’s in a wheelchair and can’t talk after the stroke… but she was cheering mal with me and even managed to say “aw yay!” when the whistle went!

    Lions just need to keep it simple and not try tricks…

  26. Without pissing on the Lions parade:
    Nick and Naas had plenty to say about Berry’s
    “home town decisions” against the Reds.

    This was after the Bulls game.

    I did not quite see it that way, but I know
    they know more about the game than me.

  27. @Boertjie:

    Mallett was awful this weekend in commentary… his saying that the Bulls Sharks derby was “typical South African” rugby was just typical Australian propaganda mishmash kak

  28. Great game. Lions passed umpteen shots at goal. Kept their heads & pressure when they could have easily gotten frustrated with the stout Reds redzone defense ( throw in a zillion cynical slowing penalties).

    Great win. I would like Ackerman to suit up one game just for the hell of it guy is still built like a Clydesdale

  29. Just got the text..woop woop so finally The Reds get nailed for their disgraceful tactics…and when they cant play the obstruction runners, the jumper in the air or blocker then they are ordinary, next the Crusaders…

    Another smart thing I noticed they always attempt to do is get the try reversed by getting into keffuffles and I am pleased it does not work with our teams any more as they guys show much better discipline these years.


  30. Mallett is a muppet…

    His criticism of Berry is based on three iincidents he mentiioned… saying the Reds “”rattled” Berry… kak… Mallett has tyupical ESSA inferiority complex about being South African… the incidents he whinges about are as foollows:

    1. He warns the Reds correctly for stopping slowing down the ball and says next guy gets a yellow. He does this iin the red zone. The next time a Reds cheater does this is not in the red zone but Berry sends him off. Apparently Berry had to wait till it happened in the red zone before he follwed through on hhiis threat to YC someone…

    2. At about 78 mins Lions have lineout about 5 meters from Reds tryline. The camera angle standing next to the linesman not behind him appears skew. Jumpper Britz gets taken out in the air… apparently Berry should not have blown that up because god Mallett says he should have blown for the skew throw which the liinesman did not see and ignored the cynical taking out of players.

    3. At about 77 mins Lions have a scrum 8 Lions vs six Reds… the scrum wheels after Lions put in… Berry blows the Reds for “scrumming in”… apparently according to god Mallett sitting 40 kilometers away viewing one camera angle the Reds scrum “”demolished” the LLions scrum despite that the Lions stayed ppretty straight and the ball stayed under their feet and after the penalty the Lions still had a pretty intact scrum and the Reds one had collapsed…

    So no I disagree with god Mallett… he is fallible and Berry iis one of oour bravest referees and far far better thaan any antipodean crap (except Mike Fraser last night in the #ShavBul who appeared to suffer a lucidum intervallum of about 80 minutes.