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Match Review – Reds beat Tahs just !

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :In the news, RWC 2011, Super Rugby, Wallabies on 23 Apr 2011 at 14:29
Tagged with : , , , , , reports the Queensland Reds have secured their first win over the Waratahs since 2004, withstanding a second-half siege to take a 19-15 win at Suncorp Stadium.

The Reds, who avenged their only loss of the 2011 season, struggled to find the rhythm shown in their 39-30 win over the Bulls last week, but showed great character in fending off the determined Waratahs outfit.

Playing almost the entire second-half on their own defensive line, the Reds won the day – and their franchise-record seventh-straight Super Rugby match – with desperation and commitment in defence.

In a further blow to Waratahs, Drew Mitchell will be facing an extensive rehab after he was taken from the field midway through the first half with a horribly dislocated knee after being clipped by Scott Higginbotham as he chased a kick.

Enigmatic Reds fly-half Quade Cooper had a rollercoaster performance, kicking out on the full on five separate occasions but still delivering moments of brilliance in attack, including a special solo effort for the only try of the match.

While it was rarely attractive rugby from the Waratahs, they were able to dictate terms, keeping the pace of the match slow and disjointed, which essentially negated the pacey Reds backline.

A successful seventh-minute penalty from Cooper secured first points for the Reds, but the lead lasted only until the 16th minute, with Kurtley Beale landing a pair of his own in quick succession to send the visitors 6-3 in front.

Beale kicked his third with 10 minutes to play in the first half and then Cooper answered in kind after Waratahs captain Phil Waugh was penalised for having hands in the ruck.

The struggling Reds creator finally broke the shackles five minutes from the break with a brilliant individual try from the scrum.

The Waratahs jolted the Reds pack back with a big push but Genia managed to fire the ball out to Cooper, who ghosted between Ryan Cross and Tom Kingston, sped to the line and then celebrated with a cartwheel and a backflip combination.

Having trailed for much of the first half, the Reds eventually hit the sheds with a 16-9 lead, as Cooper added an extra three points with a close-range field goal after the siren.

Beale took first blood for the Waratahs in the second half, maintaining his accuracy to send over his fourth successful penalty, narrowing the margin to just four points.

The Waratahs found themselves in prime position to reclaim the lead with half an hour to play when awarded a five-metre scrum, but the Reds, after twice being penalised for collapsing, managed to clear the danger.

The pressure of multiple resets finally boiled over in the 62nd minute, as the sides came together in a heated scuffle for the second time in the match, with Dean Mumm and Scott Higginbotham the chief antagonists.
Unable to breach the Queensland defence despite their mountains of second-half possession, the Waratahs eventually settled for three-points, reducing the margin to just one, with Beale again proving automatic from the kicking-tee.

But the Reds managed to hold the ball and sealed the result with a successful 79th-minute penalty.

Queensland Reds: 19
Tries: Cooper
Con: Cooper 1/1
Pen: Cooper 3/4
FG: Cooper 1
New South Wales Waratahs: 15
Tries: -
Con: -
Pen: Beale 5
Crowd: 36,000 approx. at Suncorp Stadium


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