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Reds beat Highlanders in Brisbane

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Article Published: Friday 6 July 2012






The Reds and the Highlanders have not played each other in Super Rugby since the 2010 Super 14 as they missed each other in the draw last year.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.
 
0.01: Quade Cooper kicks off and we are underway.
 
2.00: The Highlanders have made a strong start by moving the ball from their half up to the Reds 25. They get to about 10m out and Josh Bekhuis loses the ball in a tackle.
 
5.00: The Highlanders are keeping the Reds under plenty of pressure in their half. The Highlanders show good continuity and it wins them a penalty.
 
7.00: Mike Delany takes the kick and slots it. Highlanders lead.
 
8.00: The Reds get the ball from the restart and try to attack. Shipperley is pushed into touch but they have a penalty.
 
9.00: Mike Harris takes the kick and levels the scores.
 
12.00: The Reds win a line out and start to attack in the Highlanders half. The Highlanders turn the ball over and have the overlap but the ball is passed straight out. We go back for a knock on.
 
14.00:  Referee Jonathan Kaplan has a word with the captains about repeated infringements and awards a penalty to the Highlanders.
 
15.00: Delany takes the penalty kick but misses.
 
17.00: Scott Higginbotham thinks he has scored a try for the Reds after the Reds kicked ahead but Quade Cooper was offside - about 5m in front of the kicker. No try.
 
21.00: Both teams still testing each other out and looking to spread the ball wide. Hosea Gear tries to break down the wing but Shipperley stops him.
 
22.00: The Reds try to attack as Cooper kicks for the wing and Higginbotham can't take the ball cleanly and he is pushed into touch.
 
24.00: The Reds are on attack in the Highlanders 25. They make some ground but then the Highlanders turn it over and kick the ball out.
 
28.00: The Reds are starting to look dangerous on the counter attack. Higginbotham has been all over the field and almost gets an intercept but he misses. Genia recycles but the Reds knock on and Higginbotham goes down injured. He gets back up to carry on though after a break.
 
31.00: Penalty to the Reds. Mike Harris takes the kick and nails it. The Reds lead.
 
34.00: Both teams struggling to get more than four phases together as the handling errors are creeping in.
 
35.00: Quade Cooper has a couple of attempted breaks but he can't find a way through.
 
37.00: The Reds keep the ball alive and go wide, Cooper regathers the ball and passes to Harris but is goes into touch.
 
39.00: The Highlanders make as hash of their line out so the Reds haev an attacking scrum about 10m out.
 
40.00:As the siren sounds the Reds win the scrum and attack. They try to bust through the middle but they are unable to find a hole.
 
41.00: Harris goes for a drop goal but its a shocker. It's half time.

The half time score was Reds 6  Highlanders 3

The second half is underway.
 
41.00: Jimmy Cowan has been replaced for the second half.
 
42.00: Highlanders try and work the ball through the phases but the Reds are caught infringeing so the Highlanders get a free kick and they kick for touch.
 
44.00: The Reds turn the ball over while the Highlanders are on attack. Dom Shipperley breaks down the wing but Hosea Gear just catches him. The end result though is that the Reds have the ball for a scrum about 7m out.
 
45.00: The Highlanders are caught offside. Genia says the Reds will kick for posts.
 
46.00: Harris takes the kick and nails it extending the Reds lead.
 
50.00: Rob Simmons goes off for the Reds injured (knee). Jarrad Butler comes on to make his debut. Quade Cooper is penalised for a tackle offence. The Highlanders kick for touch.
 
52.00: James Haskell comes off for the Highlanders and is replaced by Tim Boys. The Reds are playing the game in the Highlanders half.
 
53.00: The Reds win a penalty about 17m away from the touchline. Harris will take the shot.
 
55.00: Harris takes the kick and slices it. Away to the right.
 
57.00: The Reds manage to get over 8 phases together and Cooper snipes through a gap. The Reds recycle and swing the ball out to the wing where James Slipper is open and he scores. TRY!
 
58.00: Mike Harris takes the conversion and nails it.
 
60.00: The Highlanders look to hit back and work the ball to the Reds tryline. Kaplan has a word with the captains again and the Reds have a defensive 5m scrum.
 
62.00: The Highlanders win a scrum and attack from short range. Adam Thomson goes over and scores for the Highlanders. TRY!
 
63.00: Delany takes the conversion but misses.
 
66.00: The Reds up the pressure and Higginbotham comes close to scoring but is short. The Reds knock on so the Highlanders have a 5m scrum.
 
71.00: Penalty to the Reds. Mike Harris takes the kick and nails it to extend the lead.
 
74.00: The Highlanders win a penalty after Quade Cooper is judged to have knocked a ball down intentionally. They run the ball up to the line and Chris King is driven over. TRY!
 
75.00: Delany's conversion hits the posts.
 
78.00: The Highlanders win a penalty from a Reds scrum. They go for the line out and win it. The Highlanders get to 5m out and win a penalty. They run it. The Reds are under the cosh.
 
79.00:The Highlanders have the ball and put the Reds line under huge pressure. The Reds are hanging on!
 
The Highlanders are all over the Reds but they can't get through. Penalty to the Reds. Genia kicks it out and the Reds win.
 
The full time score is Reds 19 (6) Highlanders 13 (3) 
 
Scorers

Reds
Tries - J Slipper
Pen - M Harris 4
Con - M Harris
Drop -
Cards -

Highlanders
Tries - A Thomson, C King
Pen - M Delany
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Referee:
Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 1:Ian Smith
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie
TMO : Steve Lesczcynski

Teams

Reds

1. Greg Holmes,2. Saia Faingaa,3. James Slipper,4. Rob Simmons,5. Adam Wallace-Harrison (vc),6. Jake Schatz,7. Beau Robinson,8. Scott Higginbotham,9. Will Genia,10. Quade Cooper,11. Chris F'Sautia,12. Mike Harris,13. Anthony Faingaa,14. Dom Shipperley,15. Luke Morahan

Replacements : 16. James Hanson,17. Ben Daley,18. Radike Samo,19. Jarrad Butler,20. Ben Lucas,21. Ben Tapuai,22. Nick Frisby

Highlanders

15. Ben Smith, 14. Kade Poki, 13. Siali Piutau, 12. Phil Burleigh, 11. Hosea Gear, 10. Mike Delany, 9. Jimmy Cowan, 8. Nasi Manu, 7. James Haskell, 6. Adam Thomson, 5. Nick Crosswell, 4. Josh Bekhuis, 3. Ma'afu Fia, 2. Andrew Hore, 1. Jamie Mackintosh (c).

Reserves: 16. Jason Rutledge, 17. Chris King, 18. Jarrad Hoeata, 19. Tim Boys, 20. Aaron Smith, 21. Chris Noakes, 22. Kenny Lynn.

 
 
 
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