The Reds have hit a four game losing streaks and hanging on after a quick start to beat the Lions 27-22 in Brisbane.
The hosts ran four to fifty before they received Lions response on Saturday afternoon at Suncorp Stadium to improve to 4-5 this season.
It was a powerful statement against last year's big finalists who came into the round at the top of the table with a 6-3 record and arrived six days after the injured side was overclassified by Chiefs.
Nine of Reds 23 teams were 21 years of age or younger with 19-year-old Hamish Stewart handed the reels to fifty in his race on debut.
And the teenager sets the tone with a big first half tack and some strong bear, even though his hyped kicking game was a bit gone.
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Hulking prop Taniela Tupou helped Queensland to muscle out the power plant since early as their overall scrum plagued the lions.
Visitors opened their account through Malcolm Marx after 55 minutes and hooker's second attempt, six minutes later, made it 27-12 within the last 20 minutes.
The runners ran in two tries on each side of the full-time siren, but Queensland's opposition meant that they came too late to affect the outcome.
Brad Thorn's side received a standing ovation from the 12.368 spectators when they went to pause up 24-0.
George Smith's opportunistic attempts at the summit covered an amazing half, the 37-year-old recorded a nifty Adam Korczyk scoop after the hosts had pushed over the Lions scrum. 659003] LIVE streamer 2018 Super Rugby Season on FOX SPORTS. Get your free 2-week Foxtel Now trial and start watching in minutes.
JP Smith started with a stroke that beat Red's first attempt in the second minute after being in Captain Samu Kerevi's clever kick-turned The Lion About.
In Form No. 8, Caleb Timu curtailed a Dillon Smit-sharp passport to drive 45m to the side's second before he wounded an ankle injury.
And Stewart put Reds third out of his right foot to beat two defenders before Brandon Paenga-Amosa took the follow-up and scurried over. REDS 27 (Brandon Paenga-Amosa, JP Smith, George Smith, Caleb Timu tries; Filipo Daugunu 2 could be penitent) LIONS 22 (Malcolm Marx 2, Marnus Schoeman 2 samples; Elton Jantjies con)