Super Rugby Pacific LIVE: Reds win 40-22 in Brisbane

Super Rugby Pacific LIVE: Reds win 40-22 in Brisbane


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KEY POINTS: Reds beat tenacious Tahs in Brisbane

Reds 40 Waratahs 22

Tate McDermott celebrates a Reds try

Tate McDermott celebrates a Reds tryCredit: Getty

Reds Backrow Unstoppable: The Waratahs could not be faulted for a lack of effort, but what a brilliant backrow Les Kiss has at his disposal and indeed the Wallabies. Wright, Wilson and McReight all work seamlessly together, not only at the breakdown, but in attack. Schmidt will have enjoyed that. In the backs, centre Josh Flook was the pick of the Reds followed by full back Petaia.

Improved Tahs: The scoreline wasn’t an easy read, but there were some causes for optimism, particularly in the first half. The lead switched hands six times, with the Tahs responding each time. The second half bodies tired and particularly in the pack, you noticed the difference when the replacement front row came on. Coleman will also have been relieved to have got Jorgensen through. This was a much-improved performance from trials.

Lynagh wins battle of 10s: He didn’t do anything spectacularly well, and benefited from an armchair ride from the outstanding McDermott, but he did his basics brilliantly, including a huge booming kick that gave his forwards the field position they needed. Edmed was kept very quiet in contrast.

Running rugby: It’s been a seriously good weekend of footy and a good advert for Super Rugby on a rainy humid night in Brisbane with both teams showing attacking intent in front of a good crowd. The Waratahs will be pleased to have seen glimpses of class from Jorgensen and Nawaqanitawase, with much to improve too. The Reds also look extremely confident to try things under Kiss.

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McReight goes over to extend lead for Reds

It all came from a ridiculous soccer volley from Petaia which gave the Reds huge field position. He caught it absolutely perfectly on the fly.

Josh Flook then danced through several failed Tahs tackles, and shovels the ball for a grateful McReight to dive over.

Coleman will not be happy with that defensive effort.

McLaughlin-Phillips nails his conversion.

Reds 40 Waratahs 22

Liam Wright is tackled of the Reds

Liam Wright is tackled of the RedsCredit: Getty

Try for Tahs!

They do respond!

Joey Walton gives a skip pass, Paisami sticks out his arm, the ball rebounds to Pietsch who goes in at the corner.

Edmed curls a crucial conversion over. Game on.

Reds 33 Waratahs 22

McDermott over for a try for Reds

McDermott punishes the Tahs, going over on the blindside from a five metre from the scrum.

It was cruel for the Tahs, Nawaqanitawase saved a 50-22 kick by paddling it back to Jorgensen, who unfortunately was swallowed up by a sea of Reds, tackling him in his in-goal and forcing a scrum.

The Reds have really started to stretch their legs here in this second half. Can the Tahs respond?

Reds 33 Waratahs 15

Reds turn down three easy points again but get a try

Les Kiss has got the Reds going for it, they have turned down three super kickable penalties.

They turn down points and a rolling maul and Faessler gets his second try of the night.

The lead has been swapping throughout the night, but there’s a risk here that the Reds could really pull away unless the Tahs respond.

Reds 26 Waratahs 15

Tom Lynagh kicks a conversion

Tom Lynagh kicks a conversionCredit: Getty

Izaia Perese off with HIA

Perese is off with concussion symptom

…. to be continued
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