Queensland Reds vs Melbourne Rebels: Super Rugby live scores, blog
The Reds got up over the Brumbies, but can they make the 2012 Super Rugby finals? (AAP Image/Alan Porritt)
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Melbourne Rebels Vs. Queensland Reds
2012 Super Rugby Tournament, 29 June, 2012
|AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC|
|Queensland Reds 32 defeated Melbourne Rebels 17|
|Melbourne Rebels||Queensland Reds|
|Referee: K Brown|
|Touch judges: A Lees & R Goswell|
The internationals are over and we are straight back into the business end of Super Rugby. The Queensland Reds will face off against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne on Friday 29 June. We will have live scores and updates for you with kick off at 7.40pm EST.
The Reds are still a mathematical possibility to make the finals provided they win their last three games with four try bonus points.
They’ll also be looking to improve their point’s difference as things are getting really tight up the top of the ladder.
The Reds last remaining games are against the Rebels, Highlanders and Waratahs and they will no doubt be eyeing off the Rebels as their weakest opponents.
While the Rebels have impressed in patches this year it is still well known that their defence is suspect to say the least, so the Reds will be looking for an opportunity to put on as many points as possible.
Will Genia’s return to peak form, as well as their line up being the closest to full strength it has been all year, will have the Reds brimming with confidence. However, the same can be said about the Rebels.
James O’Connor and Kurtley Beale return for the Rebels and with close to an all Wallaby backline, an upset isn’t out of the realm of possibility. The Reds will need to be careful to not get too caught up in searching for tries and make sure they win the game first.
The absence of Danny Cipriani and the return of Stirling Mortlock in the midfield will no doubt sure up the Rebels’ backline defence and in conjunction with Mark Gerard’s Brownlow Medal worthy boot, the Reds could find themselves under pressure in their own half if they try to play too expansively too early on.
The key to success for the Reds will be patience and establishing an early lead, even if that means choosing to kick for goal.
Once out in front on the scoreboard, the pressure will be on the Rebel’s to take more risks and that is when try scoring opportunities will present themselves.
Consequently, the Rebels will be looking to frustrate their visitors by keeping them out early on. They’ll know that the longer they can keep the Reds from scoring, the more pressure the Reds will be put under to score tries later in the game causing errors and counter attack opportunities for the dangerous Rebels backs.
Please share your tips and predictions with us as well as any individual battles you are looking forward to.
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