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A sizzling try from Samantha Treherne was the highlight of a tough start to the Brisbane Global Tens for Queensland’s men’s and women’s teams.
The Reds’ first outing in the tournament was not the outcome they wanted, falling to 29-7 to an impressive Blues outfit.
Melani Nanai starred for the Blues, with the giant outside back crossing twice against a Queensland outfit that struggled to capitalize on its opportunities.
The Reds trailed 10-0 at halftime. Their best chances went unrewarded after long range breaks from Filipo Daugunu and Lachlan Maranta.
There were some signs of cohesion from the Reds who were coached by Brad Thorn’s assistant, former Wallaby winger Paul Carozza.
New recruit, hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa, scored the Queenslanders’ only try, and there were some attractive passing exchanges and damaging running involving Taniela Tupou, James Slipper, Samu Kerevi and Filipo Daugunu.
The Queensland Women started brilliantly against arch rivals the Waratahs.
Wallaroos fullback Treherne seized on a cross-kick, evaded the defence and showed dazzling pace to score for Queensland.
Waratahs Chloe Leaupepe and Iliseva Batibasaga scored tries either side of halftime to put the NSW Women back in charge.
Grace Hamilton scored the clincher for NSW to win 19-5.
16 FEBRUARY 2018