Rebels run out of time as Reds record big win

By Vince Rugari, Vince Rugari is a Roar Guru

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    The Queensland Reds have all but snuffed out Melbourne’s Super Rugby finals hopes with an upset 37-23 win on Friday night.

    Scrum dominance and dogged persistence delivered the Reds a hard-earned four-tries-to-two victory at Suncorp Stadium, snapping a run of five consecutive defeats.

    Jono Lance iced it for the home side with his 74th minute try, which was put on a platter for him by rookie centre Jordan Petaia.

    Lance contributed 20 points all up, including three conversions and three penalties.

    The Rebels were within a point for most of the second half but failed to capitalise on their numerical advantage when the Reds had Duncan Paia’aua sin-binned in the 57th minute.

    Reece Hodge missed a penalty goal attempt that would have put Melbourne in front shortly afterwards.

    The Rebels now look at long odds to reach the finals – they need to beat the Highlanders in Dunedin next weekend and may require other results to go their way as well.

    Queensland was heavily depleted and lost veteran George Smith (knee) before kick-off but dug deep in the final 20 minutes and struck a rich reward.

    A 26th minute penalty try put the Reds 10-3 ahead, but that lead was quickly evaporated with two tries in two minutes from the Rebels in response.

    The first was through Angus Cottrell, who finished off a scintillating left-side move that started with Dane Haylett-Petty catching a Reds kick and went through three other sets of hands.

    The second was from Jack Maddocks, who spotted an enormous gap and went 40 metres from a standing start to the tryline.

    That put the Rebels 17-10 in front but it was all square again in the 39th minute, when Izack Rodda charged down a Maddocks kick, gathered the ball and pumped his fist triumphantly before touching down from close range.

    Five minutes after the half-time hooter, Queensland’s continued scrum superiority saw Tetera Faulkner yellow-carded for collapsing and Filipo Daugunu score off the back of the scrum that followed.

    Hodge kicked two penalties inside the first 10 minutes of the second half to make it 24-23, but the Rebels didn’t score again.

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    • Roar Rookie

      July 7th 2018 @ 7:30am
      Sage said | July 7th 2018 @ 7:30am | ! Report

      Well done Reds. Rebels will be kicking themselves but a good win all the same. Best game from Lance in a while. I’m liking the way Hamish Stewart is developing. Good feel for the game and getting better. Good kicking and solid defence. He’s looking like the heir apparent at this stage.

      • July 7th 2018 @ 2:48pm
        Gepetto said | July 7th 2018 @ 2:48pm | ! Report

        The best Reds try of the night came when Mc Dermott accidently threw the ball over Stewart’s head to the real playmaker, Paia’aua who threw a nice pass to Petaia and Lance positioned himself perfectly to score. Daugunu looks a better prospect than Koroibete and Naivalu. Stewart is all at sea most of the time at super rugby level. having Stiles in the Rebels coaching box was the kiss of death.

        • Roar Rookie

          July 7th 2018 @ 3:51pm
          Sage said | July 7th 2018 @ 3:51pm | ! Report

          All at sea, no. Developing, yes. Scoring off a cut out pass. Novel.

          • Roar Rookie

            July 7th 2018 @ 5:58pm
            Dave_S said | July 7th 2018 @ 5:58pm | ! Report

            Mostly lost in attack, as a passer his instinct is just to shovel it on, which he does virtually every ball, hence he is very predictable for the defence. Rarely involved in a try creation, as Gepetto illustrated.

            He doesnt take the ball to the line either. Does sometimes make a strong tackle busting run, but usually only when cleaning up messy ball. And no kicking game.

            To be fair, he seems cool-headed and brave. Great defender, 2 cracking tackles on Mafi that not many backs would have made.

            • July 7th 2018 @ 7:25pm
              riddler said | July 7th 2018 @ 7:25pm | ! Report

              not true dave.. he had some nice touches and the more the game went he was more comfortable..

              he will get there sooner rather than later..

              and his sublime kick for the rebels 22 area late in the game was class.. something which neither dhp nor hodge did all game..

              • Roar Rookie

                July 7th 2018 @ 8:34pm
                Dave_S said | July 7th 2018 @ 8:34pm | ! Report

                We’ll have to agree to disagree riddler. His highlights have been pretty rare, from what I’ve seen.

                Hodge isn’t much of a benchmark for a 10, they’re the 2 worst 10s in the conference. And Hodge has the excuse of playing out of position.

    • July 7th 2018 @ 9:34am
      Stu B. said | July 7th 2018 @ 9:34am | ! Report

      Big Brad has the Reds hanging in there, they made a better side appear average, still short on skills (the Reds) but improving, when the Rebels scrum didn’t work as we see with our teams no plan B. Otago an easy BP.next week.

    • Roar Rookie

      July 7th 2018 @ 11:06am
      Paulo said | July 7th 2018 @ 11:06am | ! Report

      Good win by the Reds. Hung on there and played to the end. Gotta be good for the self belief of the team to get a win like that.

    • July 7th 2018 @ 12:28pm
      ChipandChagger said | July 7th 2018 @ 12:28pm | ! Report

      2 absolute howlers from Wallabies that “should” know better cost the Rebels the game.

      Hodge not taking a shot at goal and then kicking the penalty dead instead of into touch. Dumb dumb dumb!

      Naivalu rushing up too far on defence once again to let Lance through for the try. Don’t know how many times I’ve seen that from him this season.

      • July 7th 2018 @ 1:03pm
        CINQUE said | July 7th 2018 @ 1:03pm | ! Report

        Agree re Naivalu, who has had a bad year.

        Previously
        Koirabete, Naivalu, Speight, Nabuli were mentioned in the same breath.

        Marika’s defence is still hit and miss but miles ahead of the other three, who have dropped off the wallaby radar.

      • July 7th 2018 @ 1:35pm
        Reverse Wheel said | July 7th 2018 @ 1:35pm | ! Report

        DHP cost them as well. He should have made more of his big break up the middle, then a few mins later he threw a pass to no one with 2 outside him.

    • Roar Guru

      July 7th 2018 @ 1:13pm
      jeznez said | July 7th 2018 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

      Enjoyed that game immensely – loved the scrummaging by the Reds – Tupou getting closer to taking over the main job from Kepu, the question is now when not if.

      • July 7th 2018 @ 1:36pm
        boonzie said | July 7th 2018 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

        agree. and the best bit is Kepu is still playing ok, tupou is just getting better and better.

      • July 7th 2018 @ 4:01pm
        Akari said | July 7th 2018 @ 4:01pm | ! Report

        Like against your Tahs last week, jez, the Webels were clueless. It’s clear to me that Hodge is not a 10 and I can’t work out why the Webels are insisting in playing Maddocks out of position as they need a proper 10. We won’t now know whether he can handle 10 until tried next year if at all.

        Enjoyed watching the Reds scrum and all they need now is to either play Duncan Paia’aua at 10 or for Thorny to swallow his pride and get QC back at the Reds next year and help develop Stewart’s game.

        • Roar Rookie

          July 7th 2018 @ 6:31pm
          Dave_S said | July 7th 2018 @ 6:31pm | ! Report

          Yep I’d swap Paia’aua and Stewart, play DP as the playmaker and Stewart as a hard-tackling crash ball running 12.

          What did you think of Petaia at 13 Akari ? Nice offload in that try and seems to do all the right things. Still only 18 too, a lot of upside in him.

          • July 7th 2018 @ 7:26pm
            riddler said | July 7th 2018 @ 7:26pm | ! Report

            i would keep all 3 where they are at the moment..

            stewart dp and petaia..

            give them the next game against the sunwolves and a full nrc season and off season..

            with a new backs coach..

            • Roar Rookie

              July 7th 2018 @ 8:39pm
              Dave_S said | July 7th 2018 @ 8:39pm | ! Report

              Petaia is definitely a 13 prospect, he’s going to be a unit when he’s 21!

              • July 7th 2018 @ 11:15pm
                riddler said | July 7th 2018 @ 11:15pm | ! Report

                dave reminds of hearing about herbie while we were at school.. anthony was playing for qld and oz at time.. everyone from the tas comp was saying if you think anthony is big wait till you see his younger brother..

                luckily only ever played with the guy thereafter..

                legendary player and even better bloke..

      • Roar Guru

        July 8th 2018 @ 11:34am
        PeterK said | July 8th 2018 @ 11:34am | ! Report

        the scrumaging was incredible, mind you the rebels scrum was dusted by the tahs and their scrum is not that strong.

        Kepu had a blinder against the wolves, he shows more all round skills than Tupou IMO however Tupou is just getting better and better.

        Personally I would start Tupou in the RC , I would seriously consider it against the AB’s in the first game.

    • July 8th 2018 @ 3:09am
      Haz said | July 8th 2018 @ 3:09am | ! Report

      How bad was the officiating. That assistant missing a rebels NFL pass was just gobsmacking.

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