Super Rugby

Reds grind out victory over Bulls




The Reds ended a two match Super Rugby losing streak to the Bulls by beating the Pretoria side 20-14 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The result keeps the Bulls win-less at Suncorp stadium as their last victory in Brisbane was at Ballymore in 2004 and the result is the Reds sixth consecutive victory over the Bulls in Brisbane.

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Both teams scored two converted tries each and the difference came down to penalty kicks.

The Reds victory is the first time the Queensland side have secured back to back wins in Super rugby in almost 4 years after they beat the Brumbies last weekend.

The Reds did however have to come from behind in the match as the Bulls led 3-14 in the first half.

The Bulls are known for their forward pack and set-piece but the Reds repeatedly won penalties at scrum time while Samu Kerevi added the attacking prowess for the Queenslanders.

Caleb Timu and Aidan Toua scored tries for the Reds and for the Bulls Warrick Gelant and Andre Warner crossed the white-wash.

Gelant opened the scoring for the Bulls and returning Springbok Handre Pollard who missed most of last year added the conversion.

The Reds responded with a penalty kick but the Bulls went further ahead with a try from Andre Warner to set up thee 3-14 lead.

The Reds notched their first try four minutes from the break as Taniela Tupou slipped a pass out to Caleb Timu who went for the home side. Tuttle added the conversion for a half time score of 10-14.

Five minutes after the break Aidan Toua showed the Bulls a clean pair of heels as he scored the Reds second try. Tuttle added the conversion which put the Reds into the lead for the first time.

The Reds needed a long range penalty from Jono Lance to give them a six point lead and some breathing space.

There was however a nervy finish for the Reds as the Bulls earned a penalty on full time.

The Bulls went for the line out and looked dangerous on attack but hooker Alex Mafi tackled Springbok lock Lood de Jager on his way to the line dislodging the ball and allowing the Reds to boot the ball into touch and end the match.

Next week the Bulls continue their tour of Australasia as they play the Chiefs at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton while the Reds travel to Buenos Aires to play the Jaguares.

Final Score Reds 20 (10) Bulls 14 (14) 


Tries -C. Timu, A.Toua
Pen – J.Tuttle, J.Lance
Con – J.Tuttle 2
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – W.Gelant, A. Warner
Pen –
Con – H.Pollard 2
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Jamie Nutbrown
Assistant Ref 1:Will Houston
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : Damien Mitchelmore



1. James Slipper (C) , 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Kane Douglas, 6. Adam Korczyk, 7. Liam Wright , 8. Caleb Timu, 9. James Tuttle , 10. Jono Lance, 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Samu Kerevi , 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 14. Filipo Daugunu, 15. Aidan Toua

Replacements : 16. Alex Mafi, 17. JP Smith, 18. Sef Fa’agase , 19. Harry Hockings, 20. Angus Scott-Young, 21. Tate McDermott, 22. Hamish Stewart, 23. Duncan Paia’aua


15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Duncan Matthews, 10 Handre Pollard (captain), 9 Andre Warner, 8 Nick de Jager, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman

Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Divan Ros

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