Lions 42-24 Brumbies, Emirates Airline Park
Lions ran a six-try riot as they returned back to winning ways after defeating Brumbies 42-24 at Emirates Airlines Park on Saturday.
Lions have maintained their position at the top of the South African Conference while Brumbies remain at fourth of Australian Conference after their fifth consecutive defeat.
Thomas Banks scored an early second minute try to get Brumbies off to a promising start but Rohan Janse van Rensburg responded back with a try of his own as the scores were levelled.
Brumbies once again got the lead, this time, Tevita Kuridrani dotting down in the 17th minute and Christian Leali'ifano was spot on with the conversion once again. However, their momentum was undone when Rory Arnold was sin-binned for collapsing a maul in the 29th minute and Robbie Coetzee made full use of the numerical advantage as the scores were levelled 14-14.
Even though Leali'ifano kicked his first penalty to give a breather to Brumbies, but Lions finished the first half well with their third try coming from Ruan Dreyer.
Being 21-17 down, a second try in the game from Banks in the 52nd minute restored Brumbies lead but once again their indiscipline costed them with Arnold, who received a yellow card in the first half was sent-off for a tackle to the jaw of Jantjies in the 61st minute and a minute later Sam Carter was yellow carded for illegally entering the maul from the side.
Lions made full use of the advantage with Marcus Schoeman (63'), Shaun Reynolds (74') and Lourens Erasmus (76') all scored tries to seal a 42-24 win for the South African side.