A Sampie Mastriet try secured the Golden Lions their first win of the season on Friday when they beat the Auckland Blues 13-10 at North Harbour Stadium. In the battle to escape the bottom of the ladder, the Lions' rare win on New Zealand soil left the Blues suffering their fourth consecutive loss, the worst start to a season for the franchise. The Blues dominated possession and led 10-3 at half-time, but in the end they were trumped by the Lions' superior scrum and solid defence. While the Blues had four chances to cross the line in the second half, and were held up each time, the Lions nailed their only try-scoring opportunity. For 79 minutes in a game that never reached great heights, the Lions never threatened the Auckland line, but in the one moment when a chance fell their way they were ready. Against the run of play, Andries Coetzee found a hole through the Blues defence, Elton Jantjies created more space and Mastriet scored in the left corner. Jantjies' conversion and a penalty were the only other points in the second half as the Lions' first victory in New Zealand since 2011 ruined what should have been a celebratory night for the Blues. Evergreen Blues hooker Keven Mealamu became the most capped player in the history of Super rugby with his milestone 163rd game moving him one past the 162 of former NSW Waratahs and Queensland Reds lock Nathan Sharpe. We kept it physical and to get four points up here is really good Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis Fellow All Blacks forward Jerome Kaino was also being honoured for reaching a century of Super games. In Brisbane, defending champions New South Wales Waratahs carved out an error-strewn 23-5 win over fierce Australian rivals the Queensland Reds. "The most pleasing thing was that we kept trying to play our attacking game," said Waratahs skipper Dave Dennis. "We kept it physical and to get four points up here is really good."