Queensland Reds score upset 27-22 win over Lions


The standing ovation for the Red's 27-22 riot was well-founded on Saturday because it could be a sign as big as the 2010 crush of the Crusaders when they visited the Suncorp Stadium.

No, it was not redirecting a kiwi side, but this victory was over vaunted South African opponents who were the top of the ladder in the round as Super Rugby finalists in the last two seasons.

It took all this youthful Queensland side to declove the Lions because the visitors roared home with a 22-0 syringe over the last 27 minutes to burst the nerves.

So often talking talks about a shake up in concentration and attitude after a loss like last weekend's 36-12 inch to Chiefs and the needle of intensity changes only a few percent.

The red was transformed and the devoted crowd of 12.369 recognized it.

Instead of being 24-0 down in half time they were 24-0 ahead and beat the competition pacesetters in every facet of th e games.

"We are not an 80-minute team yet, but it was an oustanding first half against last year's finalists, and there were also many good things in the second period," said Brad Thorn. [19659003] "I like to win … I'm not much of a participant."

"I could see they were engaged immediately and I want to do more for Queensland with a wonderful group of young men. "

Reds lock Izack Rodda had promised the pre-game that a pack of three youngbloods 21 or below, a rookie hooker and a golden oldie as George Smith could win the physical battle against a South African team who dominated Super Rugby in the last two years

They did just that in their best first 40 years.

Flus Angus Scott-Young hit a crushing front hit and Andries Coetzee, Lions backback, coughed another when three Reds swam him 19659003] Line speed forced a chance when No.8 Caleb Timu ran in a cut pass from 45m to 10-0 before his early departure with ankle injury.

Each side of the attempt, JP Smith crossed a driving after only two minutes and the 20-year-old Hamish Stewart showed his mettle for the big time.

De Reds sought a spark of 26 minutes when Stewart took the initiative himself with a right footstep, beat three defenders and ran 25m to the shadow of the goal posts.

It was the skill of the little things that made such a difference because hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa expert scooped the wet ball from the grass after a shower to score for 17-0.

Stewart's tackle was amazing, 13 in total. He made two riders on his own tryline, took the ball line, held a cool head and his only real spot was a careless long pass late in the game that could easily have been a seven-point intercept game.

The Reds had many heroes. Ageless flank Smith was superstable for 80 minutes, Scott-Young made 18 tackles, prop Taniela Tupou was a powerful scrum influence, Rodda was non-stop, Kane Douglas rose in the hard second half skirmishes and winger Filipo Daugunu had some key games.

Center Samu Kerevi showed some excellent shades for his game. It was his clever kick forward, putting the field position for the first try, his defense was starchy and he showed the way.

The Reds can be incredibly proud of this bounceback win to reach 4-5 in the season because they have already won as many games as they did throughout 2017 with seven games to come.

Kerevi welcomed the Smith Factor: "The experience and calm of the guy from all Super Rugby and Test footy he played made a difference because, while we were at the forefront, we were still exciting with certain calls.

" Han was the threat of the ball (at the tackle) and when they were worried about him, other guys like Nela (Tupou) won us a couple of conversions.

QUEENSLAND REDS 27 (Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Jean-Pierre Smith, George Smith, Caleb Timu tries Filipo Daugunu 2 cons pen) LIONS 22 (Malcolm Marx 2, Marnus Schoeman 2 tries Elton Jantjies con) at Suncorp Stadium. Judge: Angus Gardner. Crowd: 12.369.

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