The third game this Saturday sees the Reds host the Lions in Brisbane, and I am afraid to say, this match really has only two outcomes – the Reds to win, or the Reds to beat the Lions comprehensively.
The Reds hit great form last Sunday, beating the Chiefs in an entertaining match, coming back from being behind and recording a good five point victory. The Reds also welcome back Quade Cooper at flyhalf, something that is sure to give the Reds the necessary boost to push for a play-off spot.
The Lions team is unchanged from the side that went down to the Blues last weekend, and being their third match on tour, they will already be looking forward to the trip home.
Reds: 1. Greg Holmes,2. Saia Faingaa,3. James Slipper,4. Rob Simmons,5. James Horwill (c),6. Jake Schatz,7. Liam Gill,8. Scott Higginbotham,9. Will Genia,10. Quade Cooper,11. Digby Ioane,12. Mike Harris,13. Anthony Faingaa,14. Dom Shipperley,15. Ben Lucas
Replacements : 16. James Hanson,17. Ben Daley,18. Adam Wallace-Harrison,19. Eddie Quirk,20. Nick Frisby,21. Chris F’Sautia,22. Luke Morahan
Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee , 14 Deon Van Rensburg , 13 Lionel Mapoe , 12 Jaco Taute , 11 Michael Killian , 10 Elton Jantjies , 9 Ross Cronje , 8 Joshua Strauss (c) , 7 Grant Hattingh , 6 Derick Minnie , 5 Ruan Botha , 4 Franco Van der Merwe , 3 Patric Cilliers , 2 Callie Visagie , 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements : 16 Martin Bezuidenhout , 17 CJ Van der Linde , 18 Cobus Grobbelaar , 19 Jaco Kriel , 20 Tian Meyer , 21 Ruan Combrinck , 22 James Kamana
Referee: Keith Brown
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2:Damien Mitchelmore
TMO : Steve Leszczynski