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Lions 31 (17) vs Reds 20 (10)

Lions beat Reds

Reds crazy game-plan backfires

The Lions recorded a rare win on Saturday when they beat the Reds 31-20 in Brisbane.

Unfortunately Loosehead Prop Heinke van der Merwe was injured in the match, and might be out for between three and six months, a heavy blow for the Lions.

The Reds played everything wide from the start of the game, probably hoping to put the Lions under pressure with a quick try or two, but this game-plan backfired as the Lions defended well and then managed to score the opening try, a brilliant long-range try started by Earl Rose in the Lions 22 meter area.

The rest of the match was pretty even, but the Lions scored three more tries where the bounce of the ball favoured them, instead of the Reds, and this made the victory possible, even though the Lions had to play with 13 men for a period in the second half when Van Zyl and Kruger received Yellow cards from the referee.

The scorers:

For the Lions:
 Henno Mentz(3), Ernst Joubert
Cons: Andre Pretorius(4)
Pens: Andre Pretorius

For the Reds:
 Quade Cooper, Scott Higginbotham, Will Genia
Cons: Berrick Barnes
Pens: Berrick Barnes

Yellow card: Robert Kruger, Anton van Zyl 
Red card: None 

Lions: 15 Earl Rose, 14 Jannie Boshoff, 13 Deon van Rensburg, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 Henno Mentz, 10 Andre Pretorius, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Ernst Joubert, 6 Todd Clever, 5 Anton van Zyl, 4 Jannes Labuschagne, 3 Lawrence Sephaka, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Heinke van der Merwe.
Replacements: 16 Hans van Dyk, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Robert Kruger, 20 Gerhard Mostert, 21 Chris Jonck, 22 Shandre Frolick.

Reds: 15 Mark McLinden, 14 Peter Hynes, 13 Digby Ioane, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Brando Va'aula, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ezra Taylor, 7 Daniel Braid, 6 Hugh McMeniman, 5 James Horwill(c), 4 Adam Byrnes, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Sean Hardman, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Jack Kennedy, 18 Leroy Houston, 19 Scott Higginbotham, 20 Ben Lucas, 21 Charlie Fetoai, 22 Luke Morahan.

Referee: Keith Brown
Touch judges: Paul Marks and Simon Moore
TV Match Official:
Geoff Acton

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