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Reds beat Highlanders in Brisbane

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Article Published: Thursday 29 May 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Brisbane based Reds and the Dunedin based Highlanders the Reds have won four and the Highlanders one.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Highlanders kick off and we are underway.

2.00: The Highlanders are doing most of the playing in the opening stages of the match.

3.00: The Highlanders go through the phases on attack in the Reds half gradually making ground. They lose the ball and Will Genia clears the ball upfield.

5.00: The Reds enjoy some ball in Highlanders territory but they get stopped.

6.00: Penalty to the Reds. They kick for touch.

7.00: The Highlanders come away with the ball after the line out and start to attack from their 22.

9.00: The Reds are starting to find holes. Will Genia gets into space and has a run but he is then stopped by the secondary line of defence.

10.37: There is a break in play as Ma’afu Fia is injured. He comes off.

11.00: The Reds win a scrum and Mike Harris darts for the line. He is stopped short but the Reds recycle.

12.00:The Reds continue the attack and recycle at pace. As they get to the posts Curtis Browning drives over and scores. TRY!

13.00: Mike Harris takes the conversion and nails it.

15.00: The Highlanders look to attack in centrefield. They make some ground but the Reds get back and stop the attack.

17.00: Ma’afu Fia has failed the concussion test and will not be back.

20.00: The Highlanders win a line out but Aaron Smith knocks it on giving the Reds a scrum put in.

22.00: The Reds try to run the ball at the Highlanders but their passing lets them down.

24.00: The Reds win a line out, Genia uses the box kick. The Highlanders attack but lose the ball. The Reds chip ahead. The Highlanders attack and the Reds win the ball back but lose it forward.

27.00: The Reds win a scrum and use the maul. They drive forward in the Highlanders 22 and get to the 5m line. The maul breaks up and splinters and the Highlanders turn the ball over (Richard Buckman) and kick it out.

28.00: The Reds have the ball in the Highlanders 22. Genia chips up and Rod Davies chases, Lima Sopoaga loses the ball and Davies pounces on it and scores. TRY!

30.00: Harris takes the conversion kick and nails it.

Joe Wheeler has to come off injured and is replaced by Tom Franklin.

33.00: The Reds are back in the Highlanders 22. Genia chips the ball over again and the ball bounces perfectly for Dom Shipperley who takes the ball and scores. TRY!

34.00: Harris takes the conversion kick and nails it.

38.00: The Highlanders get the ball in the Reds half. Beau Robinson concedes a penalty so Sopoaga kicks for touch and the Highlanders have a 5m line out.

39.00: Rob Simmons steals the line out and Genia kicks for touch.

40.00: Both sides knock on as the siren sounds. It is half time.

The half time score was Reds 21 Highlanders 0

The Reds kick off and we are underway with the second half.

42.00: The Highlanders win an early penalty. They choose the scrum.

43.00: The scrum has to be re-set which eats up time.

44.00: The Highlanders win the scrum and they go at the line a couple of times and then Lima Sopoaga dives over and scores. TRY! The Highlanders are on the board.

45.00: Sopoaga adds the conversion.

46.00: The Reds hit straight back. The Reds have a scrum in the Highlanders 22. They smash the Highlanders scrum as they drive over the line and Jack Schatz is awarded the bonus point TRY!

48.00: Mike Harris takes the conversion kick and nails it.

51.00: The Highlanders are looking a lot hungrier this half. Both teams look very willing to open up.

52.00: The ball bounces off a players foot on both sides and somehow ends up on the Highlanders side. They send the ball out to Richard Buckman who goes over to score in the corner. TRY!

54.00: Sopoaga adds the conversion. Hayden Parker comes on.

57.00: The Highlanders have the ball in the Reds half. They stretch the Reds who almost get an intercept but then a knock on is called.

60.00: The Highlanders are pressing the Reds back in their half. Most of the game is being played in the Reds half and 22.

61.00: The Reds win a line out in their 22 and Ben Lucas kicks for touch.

62.00: Penalty to the Highlanders for slowing the ball down. Hayden Parker takes the kick and nails it.

67.00: Penalty to the Reds. Mike Harris takes the kick from 38m out, he nails it. That's five from five for Harris.

70.00: The Reds go through 8 phases but concede a penalty on the Highlanders 22. The Highlanders kick for touch.

71.00: The Highlanders (Buckman) chip ahead. Three Highlanders chase the ball and two Reds players. The ball bounces oddly and all five players overshoot it. Ben Smith manages to stop and turn around and gather the ball to score. We go back to the TMO who rules no try due to an earlier obstruction.

73.00: The Reds attack in the Highlanders 22. Shipperley makes a break but is stopped. The Reds recycle and then Patrick Osborne gets an intercept and races for the line. He is caught 5m out by Rod Davies who brings him down but he still manages to score. TRY!

75.00: Parker adds the conversion.

77.00: The Highlanders are in full attack mode. They want the bonus point and the draw. They have the ball and they are 5m out.

78.00: The Highlanders have an advantage but can't get over. They get a penalty and run at the line. They go over and claim the try. The TMO confirms. Fumiaki Tanaka TRY! Bonus point.

79.00: Hayden Parker takes the conversion and levels the scores.

80.00: The siren sounds but the Reds play on.

81.00: The Reds go through 13 phases and get to the Highlanders 5m line.

82.00: Jake Schatz dives over and the crowd erupts! TRY! 16 phases.

83.00: Genia slots the conversion and the Reds win.

The full time  score is Reds 38 (21) Highlanders 31 (0)


Tries - C.Browning, R.Davies, D.Shipperley, J.Schatz 2
Pen - M.Harris
Con - M.Harris 4, W.Genia
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - L.Sopoaga, R.Buckman, P. Osborne, F. Tanaka
Pen - H.Parker
Con - L.Sopoaga 2,H.Parker 2
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1: Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2: Graham Cooper
TMO: Steve Leszczynski



1. James Slipper , 2. James Hanson , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. James Horwill (C) , 6. Curtis Browning , 7. Beau Robinson , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Will Genia (VC) (100th Queensland cap) , 10. Ben Lucas , 11. Rod Davies , 12. Anthony Fainga'a , 13. Ben Tapuai , 14. Dom Shipperley , 15. Mike Harris

Replacements : 16. Andrew Ready (potential debut) , 17. Albert Anae , 18. Sef Faagase (potential debut) , 19. Dave McDuling , 20. Liam Gill , 21. Nick Frisby , 22. Samu Kerevi (potential debut) , 23. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi


1 . Kane Hames , 2 . Liam Coltman , 3 . Ma’afu Fia , 4 . Jarrad Hoeata , 5 . Joe Wheeler , 6 . Gareth Evans , 7 . Shane Christie , 8 . Nasi Manu (co.captain) , 9 . Aaron Smith , 10 . Lima Sopoaga , 11 . Patrick Osborne , 12 . Shaun Treeby , 13 . Malakai Fekitoa , 14 . Richard Buckman , 15 . Ben Smith (co.captain)

Replacements : 16 . Ged Robinson , 17 . Matias Diaz , 18 . Chris King , 19 . Tom Franklin , 20 . Elliot Dixon , 21 . Fumiaki Tanaka , 22 . Hayden Parker , 23 . Phil Burleigh

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