RD 4: Lions 44 - Reds 14 JOHANNESBURG | MARCH 19, 2017 | KICK-OFF: 1:15AM AEST

ROUND 4 - AWAY

St.George Queensland Reds v Lions

The St.George Queensland Reds have suffered a 44-14 loss to the Lions at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg overnight.

The Reds trailed 15-0 at half time, but played most of the second half down a man following a red card to Quade Cooper for a high tackle in the 45th minute. The Lions took full advantage of the extra man, scoring four tries after the penalty to put the game out of the Reds’ reach.

“It’s a frustrating result, because we prepared well, but the performance just wasn’t there. We had some good opportunities in the first half, but failed to build any pressure. Once we were shorthanded it was always going to be an incredibly difficult task. The Lions were runners up last year for a reason, they’re a very good team and they showed that in the second half." - Reds head coach Nick Stiles

LIVE BLOG

First-half

9min | Still nil-all.

11min | Lions cross the line but Perese holds the ball up. 5m scrum.

18min | The Lions cross for the first try of the game. 5-nil kick to come.

19min | Conversion is good, Lions lead 7-nil.

25min | Possible Lions try, TMO to decide.

25min | No try, Reds scrum.

28min | Reds defuse a Lions rolling maul, Reds scrum inside their own 22m.

29min | Lions penalised at the scrum, Reds boot the ball into touch, line-out near half way.

30min | Slipper off with an injury, Vanzati on.

31min | Jantes slots a penalty to extend the home side’s lead to 10-nil.

36min | Moore on for Ready.

39min | Try to the Lions, 15-nil. Kick to come.

39min | Conv is missed, score remains 15-nil.

HT | Lions 15 Reds nil.

HALF TIME

Lions 15 - Reds 0

LIVE BLOG

Second-Half

47min | The Reds are down to 13 after a yellow to Nabuli and red for Quade.

48min | Youngster James Tuttle puts on a chase to defend the line and is successful.

49min | The Lions are in for the second time this half. Score stands at 25-0.

55min | Lions offside. Penalty goes the way of the Reds.

56min | Eto Nabuli returns to the field.

56min | Perese off to make way for McIntyre.

62m | Try for the Lions, 30-nil, kick to come.

63m | Jantes slots the conv, score now 32-nil.

65m | Try for the Lions, conv is good, 39-nil.

68m | Try to Duncan Paia’aua, 39-5, conv is good, 39-7.

73 | Try for the Lions out wide, conv missed, score 44-7.

77min | Try for Tupou, conv is successful, score now 44-14.

FULL TIME

Lions 44 - Reds 14

ST.GEORGE QUEENSLAND REDS

STARTING XV

1. James Slipper (C) - Bond University

2. Andrew Ready - Easts

3. Sam Talakai - Brothers

4. Rob Simmons - Sunnybank

5. Kane Douglas - Norths

6. Hendrik Tui - Norths

7. George Smith

8. Scott Higginbotham - Wests

9. Nick Frisby - GPS

10. Quade Cooper - Souths

11. Eto Nabuli - GPS

12. Duncan Paia’aua - Norths

13. Samu Kerevi - Souths

14. Izaia Perese - Easts

15. Karmichael Hunt - Norths

RESERVES

16. Stephen Moore - University of Queensland

17. Markus Vanzati - Souths

18. Taniela Tupou - Brothers

19. Lukhan Tui - Souths

20. Adam Korczyk - University of Queensland

21. James Tuttle - GPS

22. Jake McIntyre - Sunnybank

23. Chris Kuridrani - GPS

If there’s one positive to take from the match, I was pleased with the effort of the young guys who came on in the second half, they didn’t roll over, they had a real crack and will learn from that experience.” - Head Coach, Nick Stiles

LIONS

STARTING XV

1. Jacques van Rooyen

2. Malcolm Marx

3. Ruan Dreyer

4. Andries Ferreira

5. Franco Mostert

6. Jaco Kriel

7. Ruan Ackermann

8. Warren Whiteley

9. Faf de Klerk

10. Elton Jantjies

11. Courtnall Skosan

12. Rohan Janse van Rensburg

13. Lionel Mapoe

14. Madosh Tambwe

15. Andries Coetzee

RESERVES

16. Robbie Coetzee

17. Dylan Smith

18. Johannes Jonker

19. Lourens Erasmus

20. Kwagga Smith

21. Ross Cronje

22. Jaco vd Walt

23. Harold Vorster

NEXT GAME

ROUND 5 - AWAY

St.George Queensland Reds v Jaguares

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