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Blues beat Reds in Auckland

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Article Published: Thursday 1 May 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Blues and the Reds the Queensland Reds team have won four and the Blues one.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Blues kick off and we are underway.

1.00: The first penalty of the match goes to the Reds for a high tackle by Tom Donnelly on Will Genia.

2.00: Quade Cooper kicks for touch and sets up a line out for the Reds near the half way line. The Reds run the ball but Ma'a Nonu turns the ball over and the Blues attack.

3.00: The Reds enter the ruck from the side so the Blues get a penalty. Simon Hickey kicks for touch.

4.00: The Blues win the line out but enter the ruck illegally so the Reds win a penalty and kick for touch.

5.00: The Reds win the line out but infringe again and we go back for a penalty to the Blues for joining the ruck incorrectly.

6.00: Hickey takes the kick and nails it. The Blues lead.

8.00: After the restart the Reds concede a penalty at the line out as Rob Simmons takes out Donnelly so the Blues kick for touch. Mealamu's throw is not straight so we have the first scrum of the match.

10.00: The Blues win a penalty from the scrum. Instead of kicking for posts they kick for touch and the line out.

11.00: The Blues win the line out and the Reds concede penalty for hands in the ruck in front of the posts. Hickey will take the shot.

12.00: Hickey lines up and nails the kick.

15.00: The Reds win a penalty back so Quade Cooper takes the kick from just inside the Blues half. He just misses.

17.00: The Reds win another penalty. This one is much closer. Cooper takes the kick but misses again.

21.00: The Reds sustain some pressure from the Blues and then they win another penalty on the half way line for offside. Cooper kicks for touch.

22.00: The Reds win the line out and Liam Gill slips through a tackle by Tom Donnelly. He is brought to ground but gets up and races for the line to score. However as his knees touched the ground he had to release the ball. No Try.

24.00: Liam Gill gets a warning for playing players in the air. The Blues attack the Reds in the Reds half. Cooper puts in a big tackle and Hickey who loses the ball forward.

27.00: Bryn Hall gets away from the Reds and races for the line. He is just caught by Genia who saves the try.

29.00: We have a break in play for an injury. Penalties conceded Reds 7 Blues 5.

30.00: The Blues win a scrum and they run at the Reds. Nonu sets up Lolagi Visinia who races for the line, sucks in a tackler and passes to Jackson Willison who scores but injures his hamstring and has to come off. TRY.

32.00: Hickey slots the conversion. George Moala comes on.

34.00: The Blues try to attack but the Reds (Cooper) tackles Charlie Faumuina and he drops the ball. In back play James Slipper up ends Peter Saili in a tackle so he is shown a yellow card. The Blues have a penalty on the half way line. Hickey kicks for touch.

37.00: The Blues have the Reds on the backfoot. They press them back to about 10m out and the Reds knock on. The Blues have an attacking scrum 10m with an extra man.

38.00: The Blues win the scrum. Ma'a Nonu dabs the ball through and Lolagi Visinia chases it.  It's touch and go whether he was ahead of Nonu so we go to the TMO. The TRY is awarded.

39.00: The conversion is quickly added by Simon Hickey.

40.00: The siren sounds for half time after the Reds are forced into touch. It is half time.

The half time score was Blues 20 Reds 0

The Reds kick off and we are underway.

41.00: The Blues try to run the ball but Jerome Kaino knocks on so we have a scrum.

42.00:The Blues show some great hands. The final pass from Ma'a Nonu to Bryn Hall puts him into space and he races away to score. TRY! Special mention for Charles Piutau in the build up.

43.00: Hickey adds the conversion and Slipper comes back on. The Blues score 14 points while he was off.

47.00: The Reds work the ball into the Blues 22. The Reds move from side to side and go through 17 phases but the Blues hold them out and win a penalty.

48.00: Hickey kicks for touch.

49.00: The Blues chip and chase the ball, they get into the Reds 22 and they have the numbers and Tom Donnelly goes over for the bonus point TRY!

51.00: Hickey slots the conversion.

52.00: Tony Woodcock is caught throwing a punch so he is shown a yellow card.

53.00: The Reds get the ball into the Blues 22. They set up the maul and drive for the line. They go over and Ben Daley scores. The Reds are on the board.

54.00: Cooper adds the conversion.

58.00: The Blues win another penalty. Hickey takes the kick from outwide and nails it. The Blues lead by 30.

60.00: The Reds get the ball back into the Blues 22. Jake Schatz fires out the site of a maul and dives over the line to score. The TMO checks. No try as the grounding can't be seen.

61.00: Ihaia West comes on for the Blues to make his Super Rugby debut and replaces Nonu.

64.00: The Reds continue to play the game in the Blues 22. They drive  for the line and James Horwill scores.

65.00: Cooper converts.

68.00: The Blues work the ball into the Reds half. They make ground but the Reds hold them out of their 22. The Reds win a penalty and take it quickly.

69.00: The Reds get into the Blues half but lose the ball forward.

73.00; The Reds go through a long phase of play with the ball on attack. James Horwill goes down but they continue to attack. Eventually the ball goes dead. James Horwill and Will Genia are replaced.

75.0: The Blues attack the Reds in their 22. They go through several phases and then Hickey slices through and is tackled and puts the ball down short of the line. George Moala picks the ball up and dives over to score. Or does he ? We go to the TMO. No try. Held up.

76.00: The Blues have a scrum. They win the scrum but the Reds defend on their 5m line and win a penalty for not releasing. Cooper kicks for touch.

77.00: Ihaia West is passed the ball from a Blues turn over. He has an open line in front of him and races away to score under the posts. TRY on debut.

78.00: West converts his own try.

80.00: The siren sounds. The Reds win a penalty. They run the ball. Tapuai runs through the Blues but then they stop him. The whistle goes that's it.

The Blues win.

The full time score is Blues 44 (20) Reds 14 (0)


Tries - J.Willison, L.Visinia, B.Hall, T.Donnelly, I.West
Pen - S.Hickey 3
Con - S.Hickey 4, I West
Drop -
Cards - T.Woodcock

Tries - B.Daley, J.Horwill
Pen -
Con - Q.Cooper 2
Drop -
Cards - J.Slipper (34th min yellow)

Match Officials
: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Glenn Newman



15. Charles Piutau,14. Frank Halai,13. Jackson Willison,12. Ma'a Nonu,11. Lolagi Visinia,10. Simon Hickey,9. Bryn Hall,8. Jerome Kaino,7. Brendon O'Connor,6. Peter Saili,5. Tom Donnelly,4. Patrick Tuipulotu,3. Charlie Faumuina,2. Keven Mealamu (C),1. Tony Woodcock,

Replacements : 16. James Parsons,17. Ofa Tu'ungafasi,18. Angus Ta'avao,19. Hayden Triggs,20. Steven Luatua,21. Piri Weepu,22. Ihaia West,23. George Moala


1. James Slipper,2. Saia Fainga'a,3. Greg Holmes,4. Rob Simmons,5. James Horwill (C),6. Eddie Quirk,7. Liam Gill,8. Jake Schatz,9. Will Genia (VC),10. Quade Cooper,11. Rod Davies,12. Anthony Fainga'a,13. Ben Tapuai,14. Chris Feauai-Sautia,15. Mike Harris

Replacements : 16. James Hanson,17. Ben Daley,18. Jono Owen,19. Ed O'Donoghue,20. Beau Robinson,21. Nick Frisby,22. Ben Lucas,23. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi

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