Super Rugby

Reds beat Blues in Brisbane




The Reds have played the Blues 23 times in Super Rugby since 1996; the Reds have won 10 matches, lost 11 times and drawn twice.

The Queensland Reds’ 10 wins give the Brisbane outfit a record of winning 44% of their matches against the Blues regardless of venue.

  • The last eight Super Rugby matches between the Reds and Blues saw Queensland win the first four games, with the Auckland side undefeated in the previous four (W3, D1).
  • The Reds have lost their last two Super Rugby games on the bounce at home; the last time they went longer without a win at home was a five-game stretch across the 2015/16 campaigns (D1, L4).
  • The Blues succumbed to a 26-21 defeat to the Brumbies in their last Super Rugby game in Australia, snapping a five-game winning streak in the country for the Auckland side.
  • The Blues enjoy a success rate of 97% at the scrum this Super Rugby campaign, having lost just four scrums on their feed thus far.
  • Samu Kerevi has made the most carries (187), beaten the most defenders (58) and made the second most offloads (20) of any player in Super Rugby 2019.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Suncorp stadium where the Reds are looking to end a 15-game losing streak against Kiwi opposition.

2.00: the first scrum goes to the hosts.

3.00: TRY! Blake Gibson scores from a pick-and-drive after the Reds lost possession. 0-5

5.00: CONVERSION! Otere Black adds the extras. 0-7

7.00: The Blues look hot on the counter-attack, they look to offload at every opportunity. Queensland will need to slow the ball down.

8.00: Filipo Daugunu’s missed tackle isolates Samu Kerevi and leads to a Blues’ penalty. The visitors kick to Queensland’s 22. The Reds win the turnover at the lineout and have a penalty advantage as they march down the field.

9.00: NO TRY! The Queensland Reds’ inter-changing and inter-linking play are superb. Taniela Tupou is tackled out as he went to ground the ball in the corner, but the Reds had the advantage.

10.00: Matt McGahan kicks to the corner.

11.00: The blues hold up the driving maul and win the scrum.

13.00: Scrum to the Blues after a knock on by Queensland. The set-piece needs to be reset.

14.00: BIG SCRUM! Tupou stands up, but he was penalised for angled scrummaging. black boots the ball deep into the home tea’s 22.

16.00: JP Smith comes into the maul from the side. Stupid by the loosehead because it was in front of referee Brendon Pickerill.

17.00: Oops! Black overcooks his kick.

18.00: TRY! No worries, Tanielu Tele’a scores in the corner after a nine-phase counter-attack. Dalton Papalii’s offload to Akira Ioane made the try possible. 0-12

20.00: CONVERSION! Black adds another two. 0-14

21.00: TRY! Scott Higginbotham becomes the first forward to score 40 Super Rugby tries. Jock Campbell combined with Kerevi to send the number eight away down the right-hand touchline. 5-14

22.00: MISS! Bryce Hegarty pulls his kick, wide. 5-14

23.00: TRY! Augustine Pulu finishes off a wonderful move. The evergreen Ma’a Nonu slipped Chris Feauai-Sautia’s tackle and burst through the gap. Daugunu could not catch the centre, who popped a pass inside for Pulu, who raced away under the sticks. 5-19

24.00: CONVERSION! Black extends from in front. 5-21

28.00: Scott Malolua goes close in the corner, but the scrumhalf is snagged before the chalk. the Reds are in a good position to get a five-pointer, here.

30.00: Penalty to Brad Thorn’s men after some patient build-up.

31.00: Another penalty for offsides to the Reds. Hegarty kicks to the corner.

33.00: TRY! The Blues are leaking penalties, but it does not matter, Tupou gets his score after the sustained attack. 10-21

34.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty slots kick. 12-21

37.00: The Reds win another penalty. They have fought back well in the second quarter and have a shot at reducing the deficit before the interval.

39.00: Superb from Liam Wright, winning the ruck-penalty. Hegarty calls for the tee.

40.00: PENALTY! He makes no mistake. 15-21

The halftime score was Reds 15 Blues 21

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway at Suncorp Stadium.

43.00: TRY! What a start to the second half! Hegerty takes McGahan’s pass and scores in the corner after Malolua’s magical offload. Black kicked away possession to Hegarty, who started and finished the counter-attack. 20-21

44.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty puts his team in front. 22-21

46.00: Blues are back inside the Reds’ 22.

47.00: TRY! Pulu darts over under the posts. 22-26

48.00: CONVERSION! Black extends the advantage. 22-28

51.00: Scrum to the Reds, but the Blues, through Papalii, get the penalty at the first ruck.

52.00: Malolua’s clearance-kick is out on the full, bring play back to behind the Queensland 22.

53.00: Black leaves the field with a limp, Harry Plummer replaces him.

54.00: Daugunu wins the turnover penalty after Matt Duffie is isolated at the breakdown.

55.00: OH DEAR! Kerevi puts the ball out on the full, killing a promising Reds’ attack.

57.00: NO TRY! Pulu thought he had a hat-trick, but the TMO over-rules the ref’s call because the No .9 did not release the ball after Daugunu’s tackle.

59.00: The blues survive Daugunu’s attack, winning the penalty because Harry Hockings was isolated.

60.00: Hands in the ruck by the visitors, but Hegarty’s kick does not find touch. Blues attack from deep.

62.00: Nonu knocks on with the try-line at his mercy after Tele’a’s break into the 22. Reds get away with one.

63.00: BIG SCRUM by the Reds to win another penalty, and clear the danger.

64.00: Another penalty goes the way of the home side; they are marching down the field.

66.00: No advantage. The Reds go close. but Hegarty cannot latch on to McGahan’s grubber. Reds will look to maul from five metres out.

67.00: YELLOW CARD! Papalii is sent to the naughty step after multiple infringements in the red zone. 22-28

70.00: The Blues survive the siege. Wow! They win a penalty and clear the danger.

74.00: Time is running out for the Reds.

76.00: A nine-phase attack has the Reds back inside the Blues’ 22.

77.00: TRY! Higginbotham wins the game for the Reds in his last Super Rugby match at Suncorp. His 41st try will end his time in Brisbane on a sweet note. 27-28

78.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty adds the extras. 29-28

80.00: Moses Sorovi kicks the ball into the stand – after a few turnovers had the crowd’s hearts in their mouths.


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The final score is Reds 29 (15) Blues 28 (21)


Tries – Higginbotham (2), Tupou, Hegarty
Pen – Hegarty
Con – Hegarty (3)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Gibson, Tele’a, Pulu (2)
Pen –
Con – Black (4)
Drop –
Cards – Papalii (yellow, 67′)

Match Officials
Referee: Brendon Pickerill
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Fraser
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Way
TMO: James Leckie



15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi (captain), 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 Matt McGahan, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 JP Smith.

Replacements: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Gav Luka, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Hamish Stewart.


15 Melani Nanai, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Thomas Faiane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Tanielu Tele’a, 10 Otere Black, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson (captain), 6 Dalton Papalii, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman.

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Marcel Renata, 18 Lua Li, 19 Tom Robinson, 20 Josh Goodhue, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Levi Aumua.

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