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Reds hang on to beat Stormers in Brisbane

Will Genia of the Reds looks to evade Peter Grant's tackle

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Article Published: Saturday 29 March 2014|

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The Reds recovered from their two match losing streak on tour by beating the Stormers 22-17 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday.

The result means that the Stormers have lost their last four matches and went through their overseas tour without a win.

The Reds moved up to ninth place in the overall standings while the Stormers remain in 14th place above the Cheetahs.

While the Reds are in ninth place they are one of four teams on 14 points who are separated by their points difference.

The Reds record for the season now stands at played six, won three while the Stormers have also played six but lost five.

Next weekend the Reds host the Force, who are also on 14 points, in Brisbane and the Stormers fly back to Cape Town where they host the Waratahs.

The Stormers scored two tries to one, but it was Quade Cooper's 17 points from a conversion, four penalties and a drop goal that got the Reds home.

The Reds were desperate to return to winning ways after losing both their two games in South Africa, while the Stormers return to Cape Town losing all four of their Australasian tour games.

It was a stop-start match, with too much kicking for any attacking momentum to be generated and the Reds benefited from Stormers' mistakes for Cooper to cash in with his penalty goals.

The Stormers started brightly with winger Damian de Allende scoring after quick hands from Peter Grant, Juan de Jongh and Gio Aplon.

Aplon's night was over midway through the first half when he appeared to badly dislocate his left elbow as he attempted to break his fall in a James Horwill tackle.

The Reds hit back with two Cooper penalties and a converted try from close-range by lock Rob Simmons to lead 13-7 before Grant kicked a penalty for the Stormers to trail 13-10 at halftime.

It was a dour contest in the humid conditions and Cooper edged the Reds clear with another penalty and a drop goal before the South Africans lost their second player to injury, lock Jurie van Vuuren (shoulder) with 12 minutes left.

Cooper kicked his fourth penalty to extend the Reds' lead to 22-10 before replacement forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe scored his first Super Rugby try to great jubilation with six minutes left.

But the Stormers could not bridge the gap and had to be satisfied with a losing bonus point.

"The Stormers are a very physical side, they pride themselves on their defence and their contact work so we knew it was going to be physical," Reds skipper Horwill said.

"We were very disappointed with the way we finished up our South African tour so it was important to come back here in front of our fans and get a win."

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said his team paid once again for making poor decisions.

"We get ourselves into a position to win the game and it's inexperience and making bad decisions at the wrong time and giving possession away," he said.

"We must start learning from our mistakes, because we are doing the same over and over again each week."

Final Score Reds 22 (13) Stormers 17 (10)

Scorers

Reds
Tries -  R. Simmons
Pen - Q.Cooper 4
Con - Q.Cooper
Drop - Q.Cooper
Cards -

Stormers
Tries - D.de Allende, S. Notshe
Pen - P.Grant
Con - P.Grant, D Catrakilis
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee
: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 2: Rohan Hoffmann
TMO: Steve Leszczynski

Teams

Reds

1. James Slipper , 2. James Hanson , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. James Horwill (C) , 6. Eddie Quirk , 7. Beau Robinson , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Will Genia (VC) , 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Dom Shipperley , 12. Mike Harris , 13. Ben Tapuai , 14. Rod Davies , 15. Lachie Turner

Replacements : 16. Saia Fainga'a , 17. Albert Anae , 18. Jono Owen , 19. Ed O'Donoghue (50th Queensland cap) , 20. Curtis Browning , 21. Nick Frisby , 22. Anthony Fainga'a , 23. Ben Lucas

Stormers

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Damian de Allende, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain), 7. Siya Kolisi, 6. Nizaam Carr, 5. Michael Rhodes, 4. Jurie van Vuuren, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Brok Harris, 19. Tazz Fuzani, 20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21. Nic Groom, 22. Demetri Catrakilis, 23. Jaco Taute

 
 
 
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