Lions

Johannesburg LionsFounded in 1996, the Lions have made the Super Rugby finals just twice in their history, in the 2000 and 2001 seasons. The Lions have often been clouded by an uncertain future due to their lowly finishes, and were 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 and showed encouraging form that will have them believing in bigger and better things for the years 2015 onward.

The Lions play out of the iconic Ellis Park, in Johannesburg.

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Lions Articles

The Lions: Worthy African finalists

The Lions: Worthy African finalists

by , 31 May 2016

Amid all the talk over the weekend around the finals format, and particularly how the 2016 format gives the South African teams a rails run, one little detail was consistently overlooked.

Bulls vs Lions: Lions stun Bulls with 56-20 win

Bulls vs Lions: Lions stun Bulls with 56-20 win

by , 29 May 2016

Match result: The Lions took a significant win in Round 14, defeating the Bulls by a comprehensive margin of 26 points to stake their claim as the top team in Africa.

Lions make history with first away win over Bulls

Lions make history with first away win over Bulls

by , 29 May 2016

The Lions romped to a 36-point victory at Loftus Versfeld, in an incredible effort that re-wrote the history books. They blew the Bulls off their own turf with a complete performance. They no doubt shocked most people with that performance, notably missing Elton Jantjies.

Highlights: Lions beat Jaguares 52-24

by , 22 May 2016

A strong second-half showing allowed the Lions to roar to a bonus-point 52-24 victory over the Jaguares and confirm their status as South Africa’s most likely contenders in Super Rugby this season.

Lions vs Jaguares highlights: Lions take win, bonus point

Lions vs Jaguares highlights: Lions take win, bonus point

by , 21 May 2016

Match result: The Lions took a comfortable 28-point win over the Jaguares and claimed a valuable bonus point, scoring eight tries when the two sides met at Ellis Park.

Listless Blues crash to thumping loss

by , 15 May 2016

The Blues’ Super Rugby season has suffered a serious setback with 43-5 loss to the Lions in soggy Johannesburg.

Lions vs Blues highlights: Lions smash Blues 43-5

Lions vs Blues highlights: Lions smash Blues 43-5

by , 15 May 2016

Match result: The Lions have handed a rugby lesson to the Blues, trouncing them after going up 19-0 inside 11 minutes. That set the tone for the match and the Blues were never in it.

The Wrap: Hurricanes and Waratahs triumphant in South Africa

The Wrap: Hurricanes and Waratahs triumphant in South Africa

by , 2 May 2016

On a weekend where all the best action and controversy came towards the end of the round, the Chiefs did all they needed, professionally holding off a determined Sharks 24-22 in New Plymouth.

Highlights: Hurricanes crush Lions in seven-try rout

by , 1 May 2016

The Hurricanes’ long-held dominance over the Lions has scaled new heights with a 50-17 thrashing of the home side in Johannesburg.

Lions vs Hurricanes highlights: Hurricanes smash Lions 50-13

Lions vs Hurricanes highlights: Hurricanes smash Lions 50-13

by , 1 May 2016

Match result: An utterly clinical performance from the Hurricanes has seen them take a 33-point win over a the Lions side that, particularly in the first half, was dismal.


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