Super Rugby


3/2/2018

St.George Queensland Reds beat Brumbies in first home game of 2018


The St.George Queensland Reds have notched an 18-10 win over the Brumbies in their first home game of the 2018 Vodafone Super Rugby season at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

The Reds led throughout the match, but it took an 80-minute effort to secure the win, with their last of six penalty goals sealing it in the final minute. 

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “I’m pleased with the boys, they worked hard for the full 80. I thought our set piece and defence were big positives for us tonight. But mainly I’m pleased with the heart and the fight showed by the team.” 

The Reds opened the scoring in the ninth minute, with a penalty goal to James Tuttle, after the Brumbies were penalised in the scrum.

They extended their lead in the 24th minute with a second penalty goal to Tuttle, with the Brumbies penalised for offside.
  
The Brumbies crossed for the first try of the match in the 31st minute through Joe Powell, but the conversion was unsuccessful, leaving the score at 6-5.
 
A yellow card to Caleb Timu for a shoulder charge in the 35th minute saw the Reds reduced to 14 men, but they withstood a late charge from the Brumbies to go into half time with their lead intact. 
 
Tuttle opened up the scoring in the second half with a penalty goal in the 56th minute, extending the Reds’ lead to 9-5. 
 
In the 60th minute, Angus Scott-Young followed in his father Sam’s footsteps, coming off the bench for Adam Korczyk to make his Super Rugby debut, becoming Queensland Representative #1326.
 
The Reds’ scrum earned them another penalty inside Brumbies’ territory in the 65th minute, with Jono Lance slotting the penalty goal to further extend his side’s lead to 12-5.
 
Nineteen-year-old lock Harry Hockings became Queensland Representative #1327 when he entered the game in the 67th minute as a replacement for for Kane Douglas, becoming the seventh player to make their Queensland debut across the first two matches.
 
After a series of attacking raids into the Brumbies’ 22m, the Reds were awarded another penalty in front of the posts. Lance added the extras to take a 15-5 lead.


The Brumbies hit back with a try to Isi Naisarani in the 75th minute, but a further penalty in the 79th minute saw Lance put the Reds ahead 18-10. Liam Wright secured the ensuing kick-off and Tate McDermott booted the ball into touch, seeing the Reds claim a win in their first home game of 2018.

St.George Queensland Reds 18 (James Tuttle 3, Jono Lance 3 penalty goals) def. Brumbies 10 (Joe Powell, Isi Naisarani tries) at Suncorp Stadium on Friday 2 March 2018.