Reds Chasing Four Straight Against Lions

Will Genia is a key for the Reds against the Lions.

Lions v Reds

Sunday, March 23 – 1:05am (AEST) 

Ellis Park

What did they do last week?
The Lions snapped a two-game losing streak with a 39-36 win over the Blues in Johannesburg. The Reds went down 35-20 to the Sharks in Durban

Things you need to know: The Lions have won three-of-five games after returning from the relegation wilderness to sit second in the South African conference and fourth overall. They are all massive units and haven't been afraid to chance their arm this season. Time will tell but they might not be the easy beats they have traditionally been this time around. The Reds have lost boom centre Chris Feauai-Sautia to a hamstring strain while prop Ben Daley will be out for six weeks with a knee injury. Richard Graham's men have registered two wins and two losses in a mixed start to the season to sit fourth in the Australian Conference and ninth overall.

Reason to watch: Any game that Quade Cooper plays in is worth watching because he's equally capable of producing both the sublime and ridiculous at any moment.

Reason to turn away: The Reds could be tired after playing in humid conditions in Durban and the Lions can play ugly on their day.

Say what: "I see them as a less experienced model of the Cheetahs. They don't carry any of the scars from their relegation. They're unrecognisable from that 2012 side. They'll innovate and try things and that makes them a challenge mentally," – Reds coach Richard Graham on the Lions

Final instructions
: The Reds have won their last three games against the Lions including their previous two visits to Ellis Park. The biggest question here is whether the Reds have enough petrol left in the tank after a draining clash in humid conditions in Durban last week. The hosts have been much-improved so far this season and will take some beating but we'll stick with the Reds to return to the winners' circle. Reds by five.

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