The British and Irish Lions maintained their 100% winning start to their tour of Australia with a hard-earned 22-12 win in Brisbane.
Three Owen Farrell penalties and a Ben Youngs try put the tourists 16-7 up after Luke Morahan’s stunning try for the Reds in a breathless first half.
After Farrell landed a fourth penalty, the Reds conjured a second score for scrum-half Nick Frisby to make the Lions sweat.
But Farrell’s final penalty with three minutes left ensured the tourists’ 100% record remained intact.
Injuries are mounting however just three games into the tour. Having already seen two loose-head props, Cian Healy and Gethin Jenkins, there was further concern as centre Manu Tuilagi departed after 20 minutes with an injured right shoulder. Wing Tommy Bowe was also forced off early in the second half with a broken hand, and will now miss the rest of the tour.
The tourists wanted a proper test, and the opening minutes were several notches up in intensity on anything seen so far as the Reds thundered into the contest in front of a raucous 50,000 crowd.
After one-sided wins over the Barbarians and Western Force, Warren Gatland and his coaching staff would have been hoping for a more thorough work-out and they certainly got that at the Suncorp Stadium.
Owen Farrell again kicked well, landing 17 points. Despite only scoring one try, coach Warren Gatland was pleased his side finally had a tough test. "I’m pretty happy with the performance," said Gatland.
"We missed a couple of try-scoring opportunities. It was a tough game and the weather conditions in the second half didn’t help; it became a territory game. We showed great courage and that’s what the Lions is all about. The Reds threw everything at us in the first 20 but we soaked up the pressure. I’m really proud of that performance."
Queensland Reds (7) 12
- Tries: Morahan, Frisby
- Conversion: Cooper
British and Irish Lions (16) 22
- Try: B Youngs
- Conversion: Farrell
- Penalties: Farrell 5