Lions

Johannesburg LionsFounded in 1996, the Lions have made the Super Rugby finals just three times in their history, in the 2000, 2001 and 2016 seasons. The team finished second overall in their latest campaign but fell short in the Super Rugby Final as the Hurricanes ran out 20-3 winners.

There were periods where the Lions were clouded by an uncertainty due to their lowly finishes after making the finals in 2001 and were eventually relegated from the Super Rugby competition for the 2013 season after finishing last in 2012.

After defeating the Southern Kings (who replaced them for the 2013 season) in a two-legged playoff, the Lions confirmed their return to Super Rugby in 2014. The side finished 12th in the 2014 competition, 8th in 2015 and the upward trend continued as they finished second in the 2016.

The Lions play out of the iconic Ellis Park, in Johannesburg and are currently coached by Johan Ackermann.

The full 2017 Super Rugby draw can be found here.

Lions Articles

Super Rugby season review

Super Rugby season review

by , 10 Aug 2016

Congratulations to the Hurricanes, the Super Rugby 2016 champions. After falling at the final hurdle last season, you can’t begrudge the men from Wellington their maiden championship.

The Super Rugby format cannot change for 2017

The Super Rugby format cannot change for 2017

by , 9 Aug 2016

The Hurricanes took out the 2016 final pretty much as everyone thought they would. An exceptional defensive effort that was already beyond 200 minutes without conceding a try was pushed almost to 300 minutes.

Hurricanes take home the title, show the way for the Wallabies

Hurricanes take home the title, show the way for the Wallabies

by , 8 Aug 2016

Hurricanes 20 – Lions 3 in an epic grand final to conclude the Super Rugby 2016 season with a home victory to the best team in the tournament.

The Wrap: Hurricanes finish the job off, captain Coles slammed

The Wrap: Hurricanes finish the job off, captain Coles slammed

by , 8 Aug 2016

After a disappointing loss in last year’s Super Rugby final, the Hurricanes of 2016 went one better, surging to a convincing 20-3 win against the Lions in Wellington on Saturday.

Highlights: Hurricanes pump Lions 20-3 to win 2016 Super Rugby title

Highlights: Hurricanes pump Lions 20-3 to win 2016 Super Rugby title

by , 6 Aug 2016 Popular article!

The Hurricanes have beaten the Lions 20-3 to win their first ever Super Rugby championship in a thrilling final.

Hurricanes vs Lions highlights: Hurricanes crowned Super Rugby champions

Hurricanes vs Lions highlights: Hurricanes crowned Super Rugby champions

by , 6 Aug 2016 Popular article!

For the second year in a row, Super Rugby will hold its pinnacle event in the city of Wellington with a favoured Hurricanes outfit at the helm, as the Lions make the long trip from Johannesburg for their first ever grand final.

Who will win the Super Rugby final?

Who will win the Super Rugby final?

by , 6 Aug 2016

So, the Super Rugby season has come down to this – the Hurricanes and the Lions at Westpac Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 5:35pm (AEST) today.

Hurricanes vs Lions: Super Rugby final kick-off time, key information

Hurricanes vs Lions: Super Rugby final kick-off time, key information

by , 6 Aug 2016 Popular article!

The 2016 Super Rugby Season has reached its final match, with the Hurricanes to host the Lions for the ultimate prize and the right to be called champions.

Super Rugby final live stream: How to stream Hurricanes vs Lions online, watch on TV

Super Rugby final live stream: How to stream Hurricanes vs Lions online, watch on TV

by , 6 Aug 2016 Popular article!

The Super Rugby season has reached its finale, with the Hurricanes set to take on the Lions in the biggest match of the season. This is The Roar‘s guide for streaming and watching the match so you won’t miss a moment.

Why the Hurry-canes rush defence holds the key to the Super Rugby final

Why the Hurry-canes rush defence holds the key to the Super Rugby final

by , 5 Aug 2016 Popular article!

The Canes are a team in a hurry. A defensive hurry, the kind of hurry they would like to whip into a defensive cyclone for the opposition.


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