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The Reds won back to back matches for the first time this season when they
beat the Rebels 20-36 at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Friday.

The final scoreline does not reflect the Reds dominance in the match as the
Rebels scored a try in extra time which cut the points difference from 23 points
to 16.

The Reds recovered from their 27-30 loss to the Rebels earlier in the season
to beat the Melbourne side after they beat the Highlanders 38-31 before the
June break.

The result also brings an end to the Reds five away match losing streak this
season while they outscored the Rebels by six tries to three.

The loss for the Rebels is their third in a row and they finish their season
with a tough road trip to South Africa for matches against the Lions and the
Bulls.

The Queensland based Reds were playing for the first time since 2007 without
either Will Genia or Quade Cooper in the team and put in one of their best performance
of the season.

The try count of six tries is the first time this season that they have scored
as many tries in a single match and comes at a good time for the Queenslanders
who have matches against the Force and the Waratahs who are both still in contention
for the play offs.

Reds reserve scrumhalf Nick Frisby made the most of the occassion in Will Genia’s
absence by scoring a brace of tries while winger Lachie Turner scored his first
brace since 2010 when he was with the Waratahs.

Frisby had come in for Genia who has had ankle surgery and Turner came on as
a replacement after five minutes for Dom Shipperley who was stretchered off
with what appeared to be a broken ankle.

The match was a case of mixed fortunes for fullback Mike Harris who had an
unusually bad day with his boot as he surrendered his 100% record for the season
and missed four shots at goal. Harris had kicked 13 goals in succession before
missing.

The Rebels started the match as the favourites after they beat the Rebels away
earlier in the season but it was the Reds who made the better start and by half
time they were leading 3-22 and already had the four try bonus point secured.

The Reds continued to dominate the Rebels until the final quarter when the
Rebels rallied and scored tries by Luke Burgess, flyhalf Bryce Hegarty and finally
centre Mitch Inman in extra time.

The Queenslanders could have scored more points and tries in the contest but
pacy winger Rod Davies was called back several times for infringements before
he finally scored his 19th try for the Reds in the 71st minute.

The match was the Rebels last in Melbourne this season as they finish on the
road.

The result had no impact on the standings as the Reds remain in 12th place
and the Rebels in 14th.

Final Score Rebels’20′(3) Reds’36 (22)

Scorers

Rebels
Tries – L.Burgess, B.Hegarty, M.Inman
Pen – J.Woodward
Con – J.Woodward
Drop –
Cards – M.Inman (29th min yellow)

Reds
Tries – L.Turner 2, M.Harris, N.Frisby 2, R.Davies
Pen –
Con – M.Harris 3
Drop –
Cards – L.Turner (13th min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee
: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Matt O’Brien
Assistant Ref 2: Damien Mitchelmore
TMO: George Ayoub

Teams

Rebels

1. Toby Smith,2. Pat Leafa,3. Laurie Weeks,4. Cadeyrn Neville,5. Luke Jones,6. Sean McMahon,7. Colby Fainga’a, 8. Scott Higginbotham (C),9. Luke Burgess,10. Bryce Hegarty,11. Tom English,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Tamati Ellison,14. Jason Woodward,15. Jack Debreczeni

Replacements : 16. Shota Horie,17. Cruze Ah-Nau,18. Paul Alo-Emile,19. Hugh Pyle,20. Scott Fuglistaller,21. Nic Stirzaker,22. Telusa Veainu,23. Tom Kingston

Queensland Reds

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. Nick Frisby , 10. Ben Lucas , 11. Dom Shipperley , 12. Anthony Fainga’a (VC) , 13. Ben Tapuai , 14. Rod Davies , 15. Mike Harris

Replacements : 16. Saia Fainga’a , 17. Albert Anae , 18. Ben Daley , 19. Dave McDuling , 20. Liam Gill , 21. Samuela Kerevi , 22. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi , 23. Lachie Turner

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