Beth Newman It was a game that was supposed to "kick-start" Queensland's Super Rugby season after Quade Cooper's long-awaited return from injury.
Roy Ward Melbourne Rebels failed to make the most of a dominant first half and then floundered for most of the second to suffer a crucial loss to the Lions in a Super Rugby match at AAMI Park on Friday night.
Roy Ward Rebels coach Tony McGahan says late Lions' loss a painful lesson.
Liam Napier John Kirwan's men remain winless after ugly 13-10 defeat at the hands of lowly South African outfit.
Solid stoppage-time defending earned the Stormers a 22-19 away Super Rugby victory over the Lions on Saturday at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
Ellis Park, Johannesburg, Sunday 4.10am (AEST)
Marcell Coetzee scores two late tries to help the Sharks earn a bonus point win over the Lions in the wet.
Toby Robson Winning start for new coach as Super Rugby franchise gets its first season opening win since 2010.
Flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff booted 22 points, including two drop-goals, to dampen the playoff chances of the Bulls as the Lions completed a surprise 32-21 Super Rugby win at Ellis Park on Saturday.
Georgina Robinson The Waratahs powered back into finals contention and within a point of Australian conference leaders the Brumbies with a 41-13 bonus-point win against the Lions in Sydney on Sunday.
The Highlanders stole a 23-22 Super Rugby win over the Lions in Dunedin on Saturday, turning the tables on last week's narrow loss to the Stormers by the same margin.
Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
An opportunist try by fullback Lwazi Mvovo 13 minutes from time restored the Sharks to the top of the Super Rugby standings on Saturday when they beat the Lions 12-25 at Ellis Park.
Ellis Park, Johannesburg, Sunday 3.10am
Ellis Park, Johannesburg 2.05am (AEDT)