Reds vs Lions: Five things we learned

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Reds stunned the Super Rugby world in claiming a 27-22 win over the Lions at Suncorp Stadium.

Here's what we learned from the win.

1. Stewart shaping as real deal

Hamish Stewart has arrived. Having starred for the Queensland U20s, Australian U20s and Queensland Country, Stewart was outstanding in his first Super Rugby start. He made an immense 13 of 15 tackles, his defensive effort matching the attacking prowess he displays. He attacks the line with ball in hand, makes smart passes and kicks at the right time. Queensland's attack had far more edge about it this afternoon and he played a big part in that.

2. Daugunu destined for bigger things

Filipo Daugunu starred for Queensland. Photo: Getty ImagesFilipo Daugunu has been a revelation for the Reds but he had his best game to date against the Lions. Daugunu had 78 metres, two tackle busts, a line break and a pair of offloads from his nine runs but it was his defensive presence which was arguably the most impressive part of his performance. He was a menace at every breakdown which fell near his wing, powering through Lions players to constantly create messy ball. His effort was the same in the 80th minute as it was in the last and he looks destined for bigger and better things in the near future.

3. Tupou terrorises Lions pack

Taniela Tupou had one of his best games of the season but it wasn't his trademark carries which caught the eye. It was his defensive work which shined, thumping Lions defenders and winning two penalties at the breakdown. His scrummaging was impressive, too, dominating Jacques van Rooyen to the point where he had to be pulled in the 44th minute.

4. Reds show they're made of tough stuff

The Reds defended with tenacity. Photo: Getty ImagesThis was a markedly different Reds team to the one that dropped four straight matches after a 3-1 start to the season. Post-match, coach Brad Thorn sensed his side was engaged from the opening whistle. He was spot on but the question remains - can they keep this up?

5. Injury time for Timu

Thorn also said an ankle injury to Caleb Timu didn't appear to be to be too serious. The Reds have the bye next week and they are hoping their star backrower will be on the flight to Tokyo on Wednesday week.