James Kamana of the Lions is tackled by Digby Ioane of the Reds during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Lions at Suncorp Stadium.
James Kamana of the Lions is tackled by Digby Ioane of the Reds during the round 13 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Lions at Suncorp Stadium. Chris Hyde - Getty Images

Reds' play-off push gathers speed

SUPER Rugby champion Queensland gave its hopes of a title defence another boost with a 34-20 bonus-point win over the Lions in front of 31,118 fans at Lang Park on Saturday night.

After the Australian conference-leading Brumbies took five competition points from their win over the Hurricanes on Friday night, the Reds needed to respond in kind to stay in touch in the hope of securing a wildcard berth in the play-offs.

They did so despite a sluggish start, scoring four unanswered tries to clinch the crucial bonus point and build some much-needed momentum ahead of their showdown with the Brumbies in Canberra next round.

It was Queensland's second win on the trot while the Lions registered losses to the Chiefs, Blues and Reds on their three-match Australasian road trip.

Ewen McKenzie's side moves to 36 points, still trailing the Brumbies (44) but within sight of the top six.

Read the full match report at ABC news online.



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