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Reds beat Rebels in Brisbane

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Article Published: Thursday 17 March 2011|

The Rebels and the Reds have never played each other so looking at past form between the teams is not possible but we may be able to get an idea of what lies ahead by looking at the Reds recent form at home.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
The Rebels kick off and the match is underway.
2.00: We start with some scrum resets after the Reds knocked on. The Reds win the scrum when it finally works and they run the ball into the Rebels half.
4.00: Reds concede a penalty to the Rebels. They kick for touch and Cipriani gets the ball to just short of the Reds 25m line. Rebels win the line out and then as they get centrefield the Reds give away a penalty. Cipriani will kick for posts.
5.00: Cipriani takes the kick and slots it. The Rebels lead.
7.00: Digby Iaone shows his intent with a sniping run but we are called back for a penalty. Cipriani clears the ball.
8.00: Wow, out of almost nothing Cooper sets up the Reds attack and Anthony Faingaa scores in the corner. The pass might have been a bit forward though. Lucky maybe.
9.00: Quade Cooper takes the kick and hits the posts square and bounces out.
13.00: The Reds are finding holes in the Rebels. They are up fast and putting the Rebels under pressure. Rod Davies chases a kick but the ball is knocked on at the tryline. The Reds then give away a penalty at the scrum and the Rebels clear.
15.00: The Rebels give away a penalty so Quade Cooper takes the shot and slots it. Reds lead is growing.
19.00: The Rebels get some continuity but the fourth phase pass is wild and the Reds whack the ball downfield. Rod Davies chases but as he gets to the ball he stumbles.
20.00: Reds being allowed to throw the ball around and they are looking more like the Reds of 2010.
21.00: The Reds work the ball up to the line and at the ruck Adam Wallace-Harrison reaches over and scores the second try. Replays are all good.
22.00: Quade Cooper nails the conversion.
24.00: Oh my goodness. Cipriani stars twice as the Rebels attack. On his second pass he throws a sweet ball to Greg Somerville who drops the ball as he goes over for the try. Biggest blunder yet this season.
29.00: The Rebels set up 5m line out. Saffy wins the ball but the Reds turn it over and send it upfield. Davies chases again with  Higginbotham who stumbles - the Rebels turn it over and attack but Ged Robinson gives away a penalty.
30.00: Cooper will kick for posts. He nails it.
32.00: The Reds backs open up the Rebels backline but get stopped. They recycle, Cooper thinks about the drop but runs it. They keep the ball alive through 7 phases but the Rebels concede a penalty.
34.00: Reds effetively waste the penalty as they lose in the ball at the line out. The Rebels though kick to the Reds and Cooper sets up another line out. After the line out the Rebels knock on giving an attacking scrum to the Reds.
35.00: The Reds fire off the back of the Rebels scrum and Beau Robinson snipes and then passes Higginbotham who scores!!
38.00: Quade Cooper takes the conversion and nails it.
39.00: The Reds still on attack in the Rebels half. It's turning into a long night for the Rebels.
40.03; The siren sounds. Cooper runs the ball out and it's half time.
The half time score is Reds 25 Rebels 3
The second half is underway.
41.00: The Reds open up the Rebels from the start and almost score but they are called back and the ball went forward.
44.00: The Rebels get some good attacking ball on the half way line but the handling is not good and they knock on.
46.00: The Rebels keep up pressure on the Reds and they get into the Reds 25 but the Reds turn it over and they kick well downfield.
48.00: Rebels realising they are not working well in this and they go to the bench.
49.00: Hanson comes on for Faingaa (Reds).
51.00: The Reds pick away at the Rebels. They get to the 5m line and Genia almost snipes line out ball. The ball slows at the ruck but Ben Daley gets the ball and dives to score the bonus point try.
52.00: Quade Cooper adds the conversion.
54.00: Higginbotham goes for the tryline after a quick line out but the ball didn't travel 5m so they are called back.
56.00: Rebels whack the ball downfield and chase but the line wins. It's just not working for the Rebels.
61.00: Genia oddly goes for a drop goal. He misses.
62.00: Genia fires off the back of a scrum and passes to Davies who gets the Reds on the frontfoot, the support comes in the shape of Michael Harris who scores his first Super rugby try.
63.00: Quade Cooper adds the conversion again.
64.00: WOW. The Rebels make a mess of their passing in centre-field. Harris - who just scored - gets to the ball and kicks it downfield, he regathers the ball and scores! Two tries in as many minutes.
65.00: Cooper again adds the conversion.
68.00: Quade Cooper comes off for the Reds.Luke Morahan replaces him.  
72.00: Ed Quirk comes on for Leroy Houston who is the Reds last replacement.
75.00: Reds still rumbling on. Much slower game though. The Rebels still tryless.
76.00: Mike Harris uses the cross kick for Luke Morahan who fends off two tacklers and scores the Reds seventh try in the corner. Cooper has been named man of the match.
78.00: Mike Harris takes the conversion of his try and sneaks it in from the corner flag.
80.00: The siren goes. That's it. Back to back victories for the Reds.
The full time score is Reds 53 Rebels 3


Tries - A.Faingaa, A Wallace-Harrison, S Higginbotham, B Daley,M. Harris 2, L Morahan.
Pen - Q Cooper 2
Con - Q Cooper 5, M Harris
Drop -
Cards -

Tries -
Pen - D Cipriani
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee: Stuart Dickinson
Assistant Ref 1:Ian Smith
Assistant Ref 2:Stephen Hill
TMO:Steve Lesczcynski


Reds (from fullback): Ben Lucas, Rod Davies, Ben Tapuai, Anthony Faingaa, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Leroy Houston, Beau Robinson, Scott Higginbotham, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Saia Faingaa, Ben Daley.

Reserves: James Hanson, Greg Holmes, Radike Samo, Ed Quirk, Liam Gill, Michael Harris, Luke Morahan.

Rebels: 1. Nic Henderson , 2. Ged Robinson , 3. Greg Somerville , 4. Alister Campbell , 5. Adam Byrnes , 6. Jarrod Saffy , 7. Tom Chamberlain , 8. Gareth Delve (vc) , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Danny Cipriani , 11. Cooper Vuna , 12. Stirling Mortlock (c) , 13. Lachlan Mitchell , 14. Afusipa Taumoepeau , 15. Julian Huxley ,

Reserves : 16. Heath Tessmann , 17. Laurie Weeks , 18. Hugh Pyle , 19. Tim Davidson , 20. Richard Kingi , 21. Peter Betham , 22. Luke Rooney

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