Reds earn respect, now let’s give some to the Sunwolves

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    The atmosphere at the Reds versus Rebels game on Friday night was festive, with plenty of kids in the crowd enjoying their school holidays by supporting the Reds.

    Queensland Rugby Union put on a good show for them, with a hip-hop dance troupe before the game and a best-dancer competition at half-time. Sitting in my seat with the older, more sedate crowd in the platinum stand it was awesome to hear the youngsters at the ends of the park chanting, “Reds! Reds! Reds!” in support of their team.

    The Reds rewarded their supporters with their best win of the season against the higher-ranked Melbourne Rebels, with a 37 to 23 scoreline and four tries to two. Both teams had lost key players to injury – the Reds were without George Smith and Samu Kerevi while the Rebels were down Adam Coleman and Will Genia.

    However, on paper the Rebels looked the better team player for player, with game breakers including Amanaki Mafi, Reece Hodge, Jack Maddocks, Marika Korobete and Dane Haylett-Petty in the starting side. The Rebels could even afford to have Sefanaia Naivalu on the bench.

    Yet despite the apparent lopsided contest, the Reds played to their strengths in the forwards and won. The Reds scrum, spearheaded by the fearsome ‘Tongan Thor’, Taniela Tupou, humbled a Rebels pack, which included six internationals, by forcing multiple scrum penalties and a penalty try. Thor also showed what he could do with ball in hand, flattening Wallaby Nathan Charles, who bravely tried to tackle him. Charles spent a few minutes being tended to by medics but thankfully walked off.

    Tongan Thor Taniela Tupou

    (Queensland Reds)

    Other highlights of the game included Izaak Rodda’s charge down and try off a Maddock’s kick. I reckon with his King Kong physique, square jaw, cropped haircut and sweaty headband, Rodda would win first prize for being the Australian rugby player who most looks like a rugby player, and on Friday he again showed the work rate and physical presence to back the image up.

    Hamish Stewart also impressed by taking down a rampaging Amanaki Mafi with a cracking hit and then getting up without looking like a hair out of place.

    Filipo Daugunu scored an excellent try, but what drew as big a cheer from the crowd was when he forced a penalty on the opposing winger, getting over the ball after a tackle in a way that would make George Smith proud.

    Scott Higginbotham’s big hit on Tom English to shut down a Rebels overlap and an almost certain try was a massively important moment in the game, as was Higgenbotham showing his experience off the back of the scrum to offload and set up Filipo Dauganu’s try.

    But the real revelation for me was how 18-year-old Jordan Petaia filled Kerevi’s big boots at 13. Of course the highlights reel shows his excellent effort to draw a player and offload to Jono Lance, who scored the Reds final try. However, what impressed me as much was Petaia’s defence, in particular when the Rebels looked to make a break from their own 22 in an overlap situation and Petaia shut them down with a clinical covering tackle.

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    (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt)

    All of these moments show that, despite their inexperience, the Reds have a group of players who can take their chances in the big moments and do something special. Important as well is that the win means that the Reds have won more than four games in a season for the first time since 2015 and have had two new players start with the Wallabies this year on top of a number over the previous two.

    This should give fans confidence that despite a challenging season the team is heading in the right direction.

    If people want to see how quickly things can improve when a new coach gets that happening, they only need to look south to how well the Waratahs have done this year despite their four-win season in 2017.

    Next week the Reds play the Sunwolves, who showed they are not to be underestimated with their 63-28 flogging of the Reds in Tokyo in Week 13. I am sure the Reds will be showing the Sunwolves the respect they have earnt, and hopefully the fans will too by turning up to cheer on the Reds.

    A final thought. Tanaelia ‘Thor’ Tupou reminds me of Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira, being an awesome ball-running prop with a cool nickname. Wouldn’t it be great if those kids at the end of the park could start a thing like the South Africans do with their ‘Beast’ call, yelling “Thor!” when Tupou gets hold of the ball or makes a tackle? Just a thought.

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    • Roar Guru

      July 8th 2018 @ 8:14am
      rebel said | July 8th 2018 @ 8:14am | ! Report

      Just on the Charles injury. A lot of this was due to his position with no arms used. Not saying he should be carded, but it shows how wrong Taniela’s card was last week as this more of a no arms tackle. Taniela had his arms up ready to wrap last week, Charles just put his body in front trying to stop this beast.

      • July 8th 2018 @ 10:14am
        Jacko said | July 8th 2018 @ 10:14am | ! Report

        They were so different it wasnt funny…..Stop trying to find a reason to whinge…I used to think this was a rugby site.

        • Roar Guru

          July 8th 2018 @ 2:03pm
          jeznez said | July 8th 2018 @ 2:03pm | ! Report

          Is he whinging? What do you think he is whinging about Jacko? Do you have an inkling over which team rebel supports? I think the answer might surprise you.

          I think he is merely making an observation about referees applying different standards to a pair of no arm tackles.

          I’ll make an observation of my own, I think you read things into peoples comments that aren’t there. You were up in arms over NB’s article the other day for things he didn’t say and now having a pop at this comment when you are way off the mark again.

          • July 8th 2018 @ 6:22pm
            Jacko said | July 8th 2018 @ 6:22pm | ! Report

            sure jeznes and maybe you are reading into my comments things that arnt there and clearly you read things into the Nick Bs article also……An article where Nick himself actually replied to some of my comments and ended up further explaining what he meant in his article and also saying he DID actually believe the ABs would win the RC so is it me or is it you? I also noticed it was only you saying I got it wrong and here you are again saying the same thing…..MMMMMMM

            • Roar Guru

              July 8th 2018 @ 7:31pm
              jeznez said | July 8th 2018 @ 7:31pm | ! Report

              Mate – I think the whole point was that at no stage did anyone say Oz was going to win the RC or anything like it but then you were posting beauties like:

              “seems to have some believing this will mean Aus will now beat NZ in 2 out of 3 this year”

              The fact Nick had to clarify his position is what what I meant about reading things that weren’t there.

              Anyway I seem to have turned myself into the fun police today so reckon I’ll pull my head back in.

              Enjoy your Sunday.

              • July 9th 2018 @ 10:20am
                Jacko said | July 9th 2018 @ 10:20am | ! Report

                Sorry Jesnez but there definately was some saying Aus would win the Bledisloe cup 2-1 in Nicks article..And you cant win a 3 game cup and not win at least 2 ….so again……….not sure what is being read that wasnt there
                Are you meaning some people can interpret things different to others?????????? Like you are doing now??????????????
                And Thanks….I did enjoy my sunday

              • Roar Guru

                July 9th 2018 @ 4:20pm
                jeznez said | July 9th 2018 @ 4:20pm | ! Report

                Would love you point out someone who said it. I’ll put my hand up and say my bad if anyone did. I certainly didn’t spot anyone.

          • Roar Guru

            July 10th 2018 @ 9:00am
            rebel said | July 10th 2018 @ 9:00am | ! Report

            No. Goodness knows what he thinks. No, but it’s the Chiefs.

            Second paragraph is exactly what I was doing.

      • Roar Guru

        July 9th 2018 @ 9:46am
        Train Without A Station said | July 9th 2018 @ 9:46am | ! Report

        Was that the case on Charles, or did getting knocked out prevent him from wrapping? The replay seems to show him approaching with arms.

        • July 9th 2018 @ 10:08am
          Jacko said | July 9th 2018 @ 10:08am | ! Report

          It looked like he was wrapping his arms to me Twas but I could be reading something into it that isnt there and if I do that the Jeznez fun police head over to my place

          • Roar Guru

            July 9th 2018 @ 10:44am
            Train Without A Station said | July 9th 2018 @ 10:44am | ! Report

            He definitely has his outside arm leading in the video.

            I thought Tupou was a bit unlucky with his last week. Also a bit of poor technique which sort his arms hit the ground preventing the wrap, but most defenders of it are the type that defend a huge charge which trailing arms, on the basis that they bounced off so quickly he couldn’t wrap – which is the part that’s illegal.

        • Roar Guru

          July 10th 2018 @ 8:58am
          rebel said | July 10th 2018 @ 8:58am | ! Report

          Look like he dropped his leading shoulder to me TWAS, which in turn put his head in a bad situation (I don’t blame him with the big fella running at him). My point is though that neither of these tackles are shoulder charges which the law was intended to stamp out. However I think we have just proven the point about consistancy in Bretts article today, it’s hard when opinions are different. It’s even harder when you’re Jacko.

    • Roar Rookie

      July 8th 2018 @ 8:28am
      Red Block said | July 8th 2018 @ 8:28am | ! Report

      Agreed, Brad Thorn has a great platform to work with.

      Unfortunately the Reds won’t make the semis by just scrummaging.

      He now needs to add some more strings to the Reds attacking arsenal.

      Does anyone know a ball playing #10 who could run a backline?

      • July 8th 2018 @ 9:13am
        Peter said | July 8th 2018 @ 9:13am | ! Report

        I can recommend one who sounds a bit like a top-flight lawyer.

      • July 8th 2018 @ 10:16am
        Jacko said | July 8th 2018 @ 10:16am | ! Report

        There is none in club rugby so maybe just develop Stewart

        • July 8th 2018 @ 7:20pm
          Ruckin Oaf said | July 8th 2018 @ 7:20pm | ! Report

          None in club rugby jeez Jacko where have you been. Why Souths have this young bloke playing at 10 who’s killing em.

          Head out to the nest one Saturday arvo.

          • July 9th 2018 @ 10:10am
            Jacko said | July 9th 2018 @ 10:10am | ! Report

            LOL ……That young fulla missed a kick to win the match so it ended a draw. TBH I was disappointed with the game

            • July 10th 2018 @ 6:31am
              Ruckin' Oaf said | July 10th 2018 @ 6:31am | ! Report

              So Souths still haven’t lost a game when QC is available.

      • July 8th 2018 @ 10:54am
        Rhys Bosley said | July 8th 2018 @ 10:54am | ! Report

        The fact is that since the Lions win, which I believe was the turning point in terms of the Reds attacking game this season, the Reds have averaged 3.8 tries per game. That is about equivalent to the Chiefs who are fifth on the ladder and the Bulls who are 12th. The Reds like the Bulls have leaked a lot of points which suggests to me that what they need to revisit their early season emphasis on defence, because that is what has let them down. Their attack is actually pretty good, they just play a different game to what a lot of Queensland an Australian players are used to, building pressure through the forwards to score. It is akin to the game plan that we saw out of Ireland this year, though of course the Red’s approach is in its infancy by comparison.

        It is unsurprising that a young team that is still bedding down their practices, might have initial problems getting everything right at the same time, but after another season of NRC I think we will see it come together better at Reds level. If they beat the Sunwolves next week they would only have to get three more wins next season to be equalling teams like the Jaguares and Highlanders, who look to be going to the finals this year. Given that they got within four points of the Hurricanes and three of the Highlanders this season, I reckon that is entirely achievable.

    • July 8th 2018 @ 9:19am
      concerned supporter said | July 8th 2018 @ 9:19am | ! Report

      Rhys,

      1/ What was the crowd? Looked pretty empty on TV.

      2/ Why not call your team Queensland or at worst Queensland Reds? This “Reds” is kindergarten marketing seuff.

      • July 8th 2018 @ 10:02am
        Rhys Bosley said | July 8th 2018 @ 10:02am | ! Report

        1. Enough to make a lot of noise.

        2. Good grief.

      • July 8th 2018 @ 7:22pm
        Ruckin Oaf said | July 8th 2018 @ 7:22pm | ! Report

        Official crowd figures were around 10 000 I think.

        The good news is though if you go to a Reds game and don’t like your seat there’s plenty of others

    • July 8th 2018 @ 9:26am
      P2R2 said | July 8th 2018 @ 9:26am | ! Report

      If you have to prompt the crowd(s) to yell a moniker for Taniela a la Saffas….you have lost the plot…

    • Roar Guru

      July 8th 2018 @ 9:50am
      PeterK said | July 8th 2018 @ 9:50am | ! Report

      From the very one sided write up it sounds like the rebels did nothing.

      Rebels have the weakest oz scrum and the reds the strongest, so no surprise that qld easily dominated there, doesn’t mean the pack was dominated.

      The rebels were better in the lineout.

      The rebels backline was better as well.

      Both teams lacked playmakers.

      Qld are very one dimensional and going forward need far more than a great scrum. They lost both games to the tahs who have small underpowered forwards as an example with a weaker scrum.

      • July 8th 2018 @ 9:56am
        Rhys Bosley said | July 8th 2018 @ 9:56am | ! Report

        “From the very one sided write up it sounds like the rebels did nothing.”

        That is because I am a Reds supporter unashamedly supporting my team and the article has an 800 word limit. There is nothing stopping people writing in a different style here if they prefer.

        • Roar Guru

          July 8th 2018 @ 10:06am
          PeterK said | July 8th 2018 @ 10:06am | ! Report

          You could point out where the reds played poorly in that game, the improvements needed.

          Reads just like an OTT fanboy.

          • July 8th 2018 @ 10:34am
            Rhys Bosley said | July 8th 2018 @ 10:34am | ! Report

            It is a game and is supposed to be fun, which I try to capture in a lot of these articles, but if you want something more like a journal article then feel free to write your own.

        • July 8th 2018 @ 4:31pm
          aussikiwi said | July 8th 2018 @ 4:31pm | ! Report

          I liked it Rhys, genuine enthusiasm and optimism for your team but not OTT.

          • July 8th 2018 @ 5:34pm
            Rhys Bosley said | July 8th 2018 @ 5:34pm | ! Report

            Thanks aussikiwi

      • July 8th 2018 @ 10:24am
        concerned supporter said | July 8th 2018 @ 10:24am | ! Report

        Peter K,

        ”Both teams lacked playmakers.”

        Sounds like a description of all Australian Teams save NSW Waratahs.

        Jack Maddocks may or not be the answer. His running, kicking, catch & pass games are top drawer. Defence, OK?
        The big query would be his game management at No 10, unproven?

      • Roar Guru

        July 9th 2018 @ 9:47am
        Train Without A Station said | July 9th 2018 @ 9:47am | ! Report

        The Reds were fortunate that the Rebels backs choked and killed at least 3 try scoring opportunities through poor hands under minimal pressure.

        That enabled our scrum to be enough to win.

    • July 8th 2018 @ 10:12am
      Doctordbx said | July 8th 2018 @ 10:12am | ! Report

      Yay another “everything is great” story after a narrow win in a terrible game. Everything is good again with Queensland and Australian Rugby!

      • July 8th 2018 @ 11:03am
        Rhys Bosley said | July 8th 2018 @ 11:03am | ! Report

        Now that you’ve got that off your chest, you can enjoy your day telling five year olds that Santa isn’t real.

        • July 8th 2018 @ 7:25pm
          Ruckin Oaf said | July 8th 2018 @ 7:25pm | ! Report

          Hey Rhys,

          That’s one heck on an analogy – any reason you’d be comparing yourself to a 5 year old ???

          But maybe if you’re a good boy Brad Thorn will leave you something nice under the tree this year. As long as you don’t have your heart set on a decent 10 – he doesn’t have a clue where to find one of them apparently.

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