Lions

Last updated: 7 March, 2017

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, losing the Grand Final to the Hurricanes.

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

Lions 2017 Super Rugby Squad
Ruan Dreyer, Julian Redelinghuys, Sti Sithole, Dylan Smith, Jacques van Rooyen, Robbie Coetzee, Malcolm Marx, Akker van der Merwe, Robert Kruger, Marvin Orie, Ruan Ackermann, Fabian Booysen, Cyle Brink, Jaco Kriel, Warren Whiteley, Faf de Klerk, Dillon Smit, Elton Jantjies, Rohan Janse van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Harold Vorster, Courtnall Skosan, Andries Coetzee, Ruan Combrinck

The full 2017 Super Rugby draw can be found here.

Lions Articles

Force vs Lions highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Force vs Lions highlights: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 29 Apr 2017 Video

The Force and the Lions will face off on Saturday night at nib stadium. Join The Roar for live scores from the game and a live blog of the match, starting from 9:55pm AEST.

Late penalty gives Lions win over Jaguares

Late penalty gives Lions win over Jaguares

by , 22 Apr 2017

Five-eighth Elton Jantjies has kicked the only penalty of the game to help the Lions escape with a 24-21 home win over the Jaguares in a tight Super Rugby match at Ellis Park.

Lions vs Jaguares: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Lions vs Jaguares: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 22 Apr 2017

This early Saturday morning game sees the Jaguares travelling to Johannesburg to play the Lions. Join The Roar from 3am (AEST) for all the live action as we cover this Round 9 match from South Africa.

Stormers vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Stormers vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 16 Apr 2017

Match result: The Lions are winners once again, defeating the Stormers by 13 points.

Lions vs Sharks: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Lions vs Sharks: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 2 Apr 2017

The Super Rugby runners up, the Lions, are going head-to-head with the Sharks at Ellis Park Stadium. There is absolutely no doubt that this is the match of the weekend and it is going to be a thrilling South African derby.

Kriel try gives Lions victory over Sharks

Kriel try gives Lions victory over Sharks

by , 2 Apr 2017

Flanker Jaco Kriel scored a match-winning try four minutes from time to hand South Africa’s Lions a thrilling 34-29 Super Rugby victory over compatriots the Sharks in a see-saw Super Rugby clash at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Super Rugby Round 6: Nobes, mate, come on…

Super Rugby Round 6: Nobes, mate, come on…

by , 30 Mar 2017 Popular article!

A few weeks ago, I was moved to highlight the outright arrogance of the South African quarter of the panel, who after snaring a perfect round, proceeded to display his alpha status by sending his tips for the following week pretty much immediately.

Kings vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Kings vs Lions: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 26 Mar 2017

The Kings will hope to continue some good recent form when they host the Lions in the early hours of Sunday morning (AEDT). Join The Roar for live scores from the match, starting from 12:05am (AEDT).

Lions vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

Lions vs Reds: Super Rugby live scores, blog

by , 19 Mar 2017 Popular article! Video

Match result: The Reds were given a comprehensive beating by the Lions in Johannesburg, scoring two tries to seven and losing by 30 points.

Moore benched, Ready to start for Reds

Moore benched, Ready to start for Reds

by , 17 Mar 2017

Wallabies skipper Stephen Moore has been dropped to the bench with Andrew Ready set to start for the Queensland Reds in their Super Rugby clash with the Lions in Johannesburg.


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