The Lions were pushed hard by Queensland Reds in their latest tour match, but held on to take the spoils 22-10 in Brisbane. The First Half was played at a pulsating pace, with the Reds seemingly stung into action by the poor performance of fellow franchise Western Storm on Wednesday. Tommy Bowe - who later went off injured - had to be on his mettle to repel an early attack. Still, Owen Farrell gave the touring side the lead, with the first of six successful kicks on the night. But it was the Reds who scored the first - and best - try of the night, an outstanding individual effort from Luke Morahan. The winger fended off skipper Sam Warburton, before chipping over full back Stuart Hogg to score near the posts. Quade Cooper converted. The Lions played some outstanding rugby of their own: Farrell - who'd earlier slotted a second penalty - was dragged down just short of the line following some good build up play. From the resulting scrum, his England half back partner Ben Youngs robbed the Queensland Number 8 to touch down. Farrell added the extras, plus another penalty, to make it 16-7 at half time.
After such an entertaining first half, the second period was rather disappointing, partly because of the rain and a number of lengthy stoppages to attend to injured Reds players. Farrell stretched the lead to 12 with another penalty, before the Reds grabbed a lifeline by scoring their second try - Nick Frisbee crossing after a quick line out. A poor conversion from Harris meant the Lions were still seven points up, though, and a further penalty from Farrell was enough to see them home. Warren Gatland will be worried about the mounting injury list: Manu Tuilagi and Tommy Bowe were both replaced after suffering knocks, with Bowe later seen with his arm in a sling. With props Gethin Jenkins and Cian Healy already sent home with injuries, the casualty list is already mounting.
Man of the match: George North