Super Rugby

Chiefs beat Reds in Brisbane

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The Queensland Reds picked up a 40-34 win over the Chiefs in their last Super Rugby clash (Round 3, 2021 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman) snapping a five-game losing streak against them in the process; however, the Reds were outscored 31-7 in the second half.

The Chiefs have won five of their last seven Super Rugby away games against the Queensland Reds (L2), including three of their last four, and they’ve held the Reds to 12 points or fewer three times.

  • Queensland will be looking to avoid back-to-back Super Rugby defeats for the first time this season after succumbing to a 30-17 loss to the Hurricanes in Round 10.
  • The Reds have lost 21 of their last 23 games against New Zealand opponents in the competition (W2).
  • Brad Thorn’s charges have won 17 of their last 19 games at home in Super Rugby (L2) including their last four on the bounce, restricting their opponents to single figures twice.
  • The Chiefs have won six of their last seven Super Rugby games against Australian opposition (L1), including their last three on the bounce; the last time they won more in succession in such fixtures was a nine-game stretch from 2016 to 2018.
  • The NSW Waratahs (114) are the only team to have conceded more penalties this Super Rugby Pacific season than the Reds (109), while no team has conceded fewer than the Chiefs (77).
  • The Chiefs have gained 480 metres per game in 2022, the most of any team in the competition, while the Queensland Reds (419m) have gained the most metres per game of any Australian team.
  • The Reds have conceded just two tries when their opposition has begun possession with a turnover, the joint-fewest of any team via this method; the Chiefs have scored four tries via this method.

Players to watch

  • Fraser McReight has won 11 turnovers this season, the most of any player in the competition.
  • Etene Nanai-Seturo has made 10 line breaks, more than any other player in the competition and three more than Reds’ best Fraser McReight (7).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEP! We are underway at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, for the first game of Super Rugby Pacific Round 11.

3.00: A lot of kicking in the early stages of the game as both teams look for territory.

4.00: Samisoni Taukei’aho is pinged for a high tackle on Hunter Paisami.

5.00: PENALTY! Lawson Creighton splits the uprights to open the scoring. 3-0

8.00: A patient nine-phase Chiefs’ attack inside the opposition’s half ends when Alex Nankivell knocks on under no pressure.

11.00: Harry Wilson is offside after Tate McDermott got isolated and lost poession to Nankivell at the ruck. Bryn Gatland stes up an attacking lineout on the Reds’ 22.

13.00: The Chiefs lose their shape and kick the ball away, but Creighton gives possession back after dropping a high kick outside his 22.

16.00: PENALTY! Gatland levels after his forwards won a scrum penalty. 3-3

19.00: The Chiefs have had most of the ball inside the Reds’ half, mostly because of mistakes with the home team’s kicking game. A couple of kicks have gone out on the full, or not to far after being cleared.

21.00: Queensland has no insterest in playing any footie inside their half, they are kicking everything to the dismay of the crowd.

23.00: Hunter Paisami loses possession after a promising attack inside the Cheifs’ half – that is poor! The Kiwis counter-attacked before winning a penalty after Hamish Stewart went off his feet at the breakdown.

25.00: PENALTY! Gatland puts the visitors ahead. 3-6

26.00: Smart thinking by McDermott to catch Kaylum Boshier as a lazy runner, and win his team a kickable penalty.

27.00: PENALTY! Creighton levels from in front. 6-6

29.00: Josh Lord kills another good chance for the Kiwis after not releasing at the breakdown.

30.00: Richie Asiata with a lost lineout throw to give away possession inside the Chiefs’ half.

31.00: The Reds’ pack wins a tighthead to kickstart a counter-attack through Filipo Daugunu. The attack, however, is stopped short of the line, but the ref asks the TMO to check for a try.

32.00: TRY! Harry Wilson snuck through the maul to – fortuitously – dot the ball down on the chalk. 11-6

33.00: CONVERSION! Creighton adds the extras. 13-6

35.00: Tupou Vaa’i is isolated at the ruck, and Angus Scott-Young pounced to win the penalty.

38.00: Rivez Reihana, on for Gatland, dances through some tackles to set up an attack, but Pita Gus Sowakula knocks on.

41.00: Samisoni Taukei’aho goes offside. Gatland and Quinn Tupaea both went close, but the winger got tackled high before the line.

43.00: A strong scrum leads to a sustained attack on the Reds’ try line. Some good defending cannot, however, stop the Chiefs.

44.00: Angus Blyth connects with Tupou Vaa’i’s head as the locks collided, but the referee and TMO decided that Blyth went low, and so no foul play. The Chiefs still have the penalty from a previous offside.

45.00: Pita Gus Sowakula fumbles the rolling ball after a powerful scrum pushed the Reds behind their line; we go again.

47.00: TRY! The Chiefs wheel the scrum to the left, Gus Sowakula picked up the ball, played Cortez Ratima to the blindside, and the halfback beat McDermott to the try line. 13-11

48.00: CONVERSION! Gatland slots the touchline kick. 13-13

The halftime score was Reds 13 Chiefs 13

41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway down under.

43.00: McDermott is tackled out near his line, Chiefs lineout.

47.00: TRY! Samisoni Taukei’aho takes Jonah Lowe’s pop-pass from the ruck, slipped a tackle, and burst through non-existent defenders to score. 13-18

47.00: YELLOW CARD! Harry Wilson is off for three toting up offences by the Reds on their line. 13-18

48.00: CONVERSION! Gatland adds another two. 13-20

51.00: MISS! Creighton misses a goal. 13-20

53.00: TRY! The reds strike after some brilliant work by McDermott. The halfback gathered Chase Tiatia’s charged down a clearance, and broke from halfway to set up Josh Flook. The winger cut inside the recovering Tiatia before taking Nankivell over the line. 18-20

55.00: MISS! The kick is well wide. 18-20

57.00: Fraser McReight chase down a grubber, but he is tackled short, and the ball is lost forward.

61.00: Another penalty at the scrum gives the Chiefs some relief.

62.00: YELLOW CARD! Jock Campbell is off for a deliberate knock-down that stopped a decent attack. 18-20

64.00: TRY! Pita Gus Sowakula crashes over after the Chiefs camped on the line. 18-25

65.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 18-27

68.00: Reds under pressure on their line again, but Xavier Roe gives away a needless penalty at the base of the scrum.

76.00: RED CARD! Samipeni Finau is off for a high shot on Fraser McReight. 18-27

77.00: TRY! The Reds go quickly to McDermott, who sends Paisami away to score at the death. 23-27

77.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 25-27

79.00: Roe’s misrtake gives the Reds a last shot.

81.00: Chiefs win a turnover penalty to win the game.

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The final score is Reds 25 (13) Chiefs 27 (13)

Scorers

Reds
Tries – Wilson, Flook, Paisami
Pen – Creighton (2)
Con – Creighton (2)
Drop –
Cards – Wilson (Yellow, 47′), Campbell (Yellow, 62′)

Chiefs
Tries – Ratima, Taukei’aho, Sowakula
Pen – Gatland (2)
Con – Gatland (3)
Drop –
Cards – Finau (Red, 76′)

Match Officials
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2: Reuben Keane
TMO: Brett Cronan

Teams

Queensland Reds: 15 Jock Campbell, 14 Josh Flook, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 Lawson Creighton, 9 Tate McDermott (captain), 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Richie Asiata, 1 Harry Hoopert.

Replacements: 16 Matt Faessler, 17 Dane Zander, 18 Feao Fotuaika, 19 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 20 Seru Uru, 21 Spencer Jeans, 22 Floyd Aubrey, 23 Mac Grealy.

Chiefs: 15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Jonah Lowe, 13 Alex Nankivell, 12 Rameka Poihipi, 11 Quinn Tupaea, 10 Bryn Gatland, 9 Cortez Ratima, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Kaylum Boshier, 6 Luke Jacobson (captain), 5 Tupou Vaa’i, 4 Josh Lord, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Aidan Ross.

Replacements:
16 Bradley Slater, 17 Atu Moli, 18 George Dyer, 19 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20 Samipeni Finau, 21 Mitch Brown, 22 Xavier Roe, 23 Rivez Reihana.

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