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Lions hit back from 15 points down with 18 minutes to win in Italy

By PA
(Photo by Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

The Lions kept alive their URC playoff hopes as a stunning late comeback saw them secure a 32-28 win over Benetton at Stadio Monigo. They trailed 28-13 with 18 minutes to go but two tries from Emmanuel Tshituka and a further score from Rabz Maxwane turned the game on its head and secured a third victory in a row for the South Africans.

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Tries from Joaquin Riera, Marcus Watson, Siua Maile and Henry Time-Stowers had appeared to put Benetton on track for a victory versus the Lions that would have been vital to their own playoff hopes.

Quan Horn had earlier crossed for the Lions in the first half with scrum-half Sanele Nohamba booting three conversions and two penalties. Jacob Umaga converted all four Benetton tries.

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Shaylen 9 hours ago
Brumbies the best team in Australia but still nothing to show for it

The Brumbies have been the strongest side in Australia for a long time and that was down to their forwards and set piece which has always been good and has always been able to dominate their Australian counterparts. This year the lack of maul tries and also the lack of a stable scrum has been a real problem which was also something Nick alluded to in his article this week about the creaking brumbies tight five. Home advantage is key as you say and the Brumbies must find a way to score more bonus points. If the Brumbies are really serious about winning a title they need to do what Kiwi sides at the top do. They need to smash every Aus side with a bonus point at home while claiming losing bonus points in every game they lose and denying their rivals bonus points. In their 3 losses in NZ this year they were smashed. They only scored 60 tries which is middle of the road, their scrum came in at 73% which was one of the worst in the comp, tackle success at just 83% which was right at the bottom and in terms of metres, clean breaks, carries, offloads and rucks built they were in the middle plus they had the most yellows. They basically were just not dominant enough wile they can improve their discipline. They excelled at kicking and won plenty of lineout ball plus their rucks were secure at 97%. Not sure about turnovers but they weren’t bad there. They just need to be more clinical and give away less and they will give themselves the best chance to win the title.

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