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The Queensland Reds walloped the Melbourne Rebels 19-44 in an action-packed Round Seven Super Rugby AU clash at AAMI Park, Melbourne.

The Reds scored six tries in a seesawing Super Rugby contest, but the Rebels dotted down three times to keep last year’s losing finalists honest.

The 25-point winning margin is Queensland’s biggest against Melbourne in Victoria, but it was not as one-sided as the final score suggests.

Taniela Tupou starred, bagging another brace as the undefeated Reds mauled Melbourne to back on top of the Super Rugby AU log after another superb bonus-point performance.


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The try-scoring machine was superb again, and he seems to do things a prop-forward should not be allowed to do on the rugby field.

The Rebels sit in third after another loss to the Reds, who they have now not beaten in the last five matches.

James O’Connor set up two tries, kicked 14 points (four conversions and two penalties) to help his team stave off the fiesty Rebels.

Hunter Paisami, Fraser McReight, Jock Campbell, and Josh Flook also dotted down for the visitors.

Frank Lomani scored and set up Reece Hodge’s try, while Micheal Wells also crossed for the hosts.

Reds race out into a commanding lead as the Rebels wobble

The Reds shot out of the blocks, racing into a 24-point lead in 18 minutes. Tupou’s two tries sandwiched Paisami’s five-pointer to get the visitors off to a dream start.

Tupou crashed over from close range in the sixth minute. A minute later, the hosts were down by 14 after Hodge’s loose pass was intercepted by Paisami, who raced 60 metres to score under the posts.

Tupou was soon over again following O’Connor’s linebreak between two forwards. The standoff broke into the opposition’s 22, stood up the last defender, and sent the tight-head away.

O’Connor converted all three tries and kicked a penalty to put Brad Thorn’s charges in command.

But the momentum shifted. The Rebels did not crumble; instead, they kept their composure, put pressure on the Reds at the breakdown, and fought their way back.

Lomani scored on the half-hour as Dave Wessels’ men scored twice in six minutes to cut the deficit to 10 points at the break.

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The Rebels’ lineout-drive did not work, but the ball went wide to To’omua. The 31-year-old timed his pass to Lomani – who joined the attack on the left – to perfection, and the winger darted away to score.

Lomani was soon at it again, this time his midfield break set up Hodge, who fended of Bryce Hegarty. Hegarty did not hold
Hodge, so the centre got up and dived over to score.

To’omua converted both.

Queensland pull away after To’omua howler is punished

To’omua, who was dangerous all night, missed an early second-half penalty.

But it was the standoff’s mistake that opened up a 17-point lead for the Reds. To’omua threw a wild floated pass, which Campbell intercepted.

Wells caught Campbell before the try line, but the quick ball to McReight saw the flanker cut inside to score.

O’Connor’s conversion sealed the 10-point swing as the Reds led 31-14 after 48 minutes.

The 30-year-old extended his side’s advantage when he kicked his second penalty on 57 minutes to open up a 20-point lead going into the last quarter.

The former Wallaby veteran was at it again, chipping in with his second assist when he took the ball wide, from a scrum, sucked in the outside defenders, and put Campbell away in the corner.

Two minutes later, however, Wells pulled a try back after Lomani’s break set up the counter-attack.

However, the Reds had the final say when Flook scored at the death.

Final Score: Rebels 19 (14) Reds 44 (24)

Scorers

Melbourne Rebels
Tries – Lomani, Hodge, Wells
Pen –
Con – To’omua (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Queensland Reds
Tries – Tupou (2), Paisami, McReight, Campbell, Flook
Pen – O’Connor (2)
Con – O’Connor (4)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 1: Jordan Way
Assistant Ref 2: Matthew Kellahan
TMO: Ian Smith

Teams

Melbourne Rebels

15 Tom Pincus, 14 Frank Lomani, 13 Stacey Ili, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Joshua Kemeny, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Pone Fa’amausili, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cabous Eloff

Replacements:
 16 James Hanson, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Albert Anae, 19 Tom Nowlan, 20 Robert Leota, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Lewis Holland, 23 Jeral Skelton

Queensland Reds

15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Jock Campbell, 10 James O’Connor (captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Feao Fotuaika

Replacements:
 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Richie Asiata, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Seru Uru, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Josh Flook, 23 Filipo Daugunu

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