The men from Johannesburg weathered an early storm and clinched their third successive win over the Rebels, by 20-16, courtesy of a late try by Lionel Mapoe on Friday morning in Melbourne. With this victory, the Emirates Lions emulated their feats in 2007 and 2011, when they also won two tour matches.
On Saturday morning, the Toyota Cheetahs started well and were in front at the break against the Crusaders in Christchurch, but the home team took proper advantage of two second-half yellow cards against the visitors from Bloemfontein to win comfortably by 57-14.
First up, the Vodacom Bulls had to rely on a late penalty goal by Handré Pollard to pip the Force by 25-24 in Pretoria before the Cell C Sharks, playing for more than 50 minutes with 13 men against 14 following three red cards, had to dig deep to beat the Chiefs by 12-11 in Durban.
The DHL Stormers had a bye.