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Reds scrum mauled the Rebels

Reds scrum mauled the Rebels

The Reds’ scrum was crucial the win against the Rebels.

The Reds beat the Rebels in Brisbane in a game that will be soon forgotten for the lacklustre level on display.

The Rebels needed a win to keep alive their hopes for a first playoff berth in their history, while Reds’ season was long over after a sub-par campaign.

As it happened last week versus the Waratahs, the Rebels were their own worst enemy, incapable of capitalising on their possession and with crucial errors that gave the game away.

The Reds can thank their incredibly dominant scrum, that earned them 20 points, and Jono Lance, who made the rest with the boot and with his solo try.

Colby Fainga’a played his 100th Super Rugby match

First Half:

A Reece Hodge penalty opened the scores after 10 minutes, Jono Lance equalised four minutes later, in a slow starting game where both teams struggled to find space and continuity.

At the 20th minute, the Reds had a chance to go ahead, but they opted for a line out instead of a penalty kick and they lost the ball on their own throw.
Counting on their powerful scrum the Queenslanders won three penalties in a row 5 meters from the try line and forced a penalty try.
After a controversial quick restart from the penalty try, the Rebels pushed deep in the Reds 22 and the visitors took only one minute to found the perfect counter with Hodge and Ruru combining for Cottrell’s first major in 2018.

Cottrell scoring the first Rebels’ try

Ruru again mastered the second Rebels’ try, scored by Maddocks with a powerful run in the middle that caught the home team completely off guard.

As for the last five minutes of the last game, the Rebels suffered a terrible amnesia and paid dearly for their errors.

Before the first half siren, the Reds knocked twice at the visitor’s door. First with a try by Rodda, who blocked Maddocks kick from the 22 meters and scored the equaliser. Then the powerful Reds’ scrum forced again two penalties in a row and a hello card for Rebels’ prop Faulkner, unable to contain Tupou.

With a man down the Rebels conceded the third try to the home team, Daugunu crossing the chalk after a nice offload from Captain Higginbotham.

Rodda scoring under the posts - photo HJ Nelson

Rodda scoring under the posts – photo Stephen Tremain

First half score: Reds – Rebels 24 – 17 

Second Half:

The numerical inferiority didn’t dog the visitors in the first minutes of the second half. Reece Hodge powerful boot kept the Rebels in touch with the Reds. The first of his two penalties scored despite the ball falling from the kicking tee.

16 minutes into the half it was the Reds’ turn to lose a player to the sin bin: Paia’aua paying for all after being caught offside by referee Williams.

Haley-Petty made the home team almost pay for their error on the subsequent action with a powerful run in the middle, but Higginbotham saved his team with a last effort tackle on opposite Captain English.

After this, the Rebels weren’t able to capitalise on the advantage and the home team survived the scare.

The Reds scored a kick with ten minutes to go with Lance after yet another scrum penalty to put regain a four points advantage.

Just two minutes after the ex-Force player scored a solitary try and with one minute to go the final penalty that sealed the game for the Reds

Final score: Reds – Rebels 37 – 23

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Jono Lance – photo Stephen Tremain

Seven from seven from the tee for Jono Lance

The Wrap Up

The Rebels managed to lose the match that should have kept their playoff hopes alive. The Reds were far superior in the scrum, the rest of the game saw a kicking contest between Lance and Hodge and some rare episodes of brilliance in a poor display for Australian rugby.


The Game Changer

Reds’ penalty try at the 27th minute was the pinnacle of a display of brutal force from their scrum. This came after three penalties in a row at the scrum to set the pace for the rest of the game.

The G&GR MOTM

Not being able to give the prize to the entire Reds’ scum, we have to pick Taniela Tupou. His power was worth the ticket for an honestly bad match of footy. The rest of the players were either building around his strength or fearing it.

Wallaby Watch

Many of the players on the pitch figured in the Wallabies team that faced Ireland in June. For the upcoming Rugby Championship Cheika couldn’t have much new information, with Hodge confined to the bench by the “utility back” label and Maddocks still needing to beef up, only Sorovi made an impression as possible inclusion, should Will Genia not be able to recover in time from his arm injury.


The Details

Score & Scorers


Reds 37  (24)
Tries: Penalty Try, Rodda, Daugunu, Lance
Conversions: Lance 3/3
Penalties: Lance 3/3

Rebels  23(17)
Tries: Cottrell, Maddocks
Conversions: Hodge 3/3
Penalties: Hodge 1/1

Cards & citings

YC: Faulkner (40′ – 50′), Paia’aua (56′ – 66′)

Crowd

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  • Christopher

    I wonder how the penalties compared to the blues game??

  • Keith Butler

    So much for the scrum becoming irrelevant as some posters have suggested. The Reds played to their strength and won the game and well done to them. As for the Rebs, you can have all the talent you like in the backs but without a steady forward platform that can give you parity, at least with other teams (and not be seen as a penalty machine), finals football is still some way off.

    • idiot savant

      That poster was me. The Reds have not got pay from the refs from their dominant scrum for the last 2 seasons so I just wanted to get the idea out there! Call it the power of negative suggestion!

      • Keith Butler

        And it certainly stimulated some good discussion. I just wish they were reffed to the letter of the law which is clearly not the case in virtually every gave you see nowadays.

  • Maulalltheway

    is JP Smith available to be selected for the Wallabies?
    The Combination of Smith, PA and Thor needs to be looked at as an option for the Wallabies.
    outstanding scrum work

    • Bakkies

      No both twins reset their residency by leaving the Brumbies to play abroad.

    • Missing Link

      I don’t rate Smith and BPA’s throwing was wayward. I dare say you could insert any LHP and hooker into a front row with Tupou and you’d have a weapon.

  • Hoss

    Quade who ?

    • Brisneyland Local

      I reckon both teams could do with a decent 10. Reds attack was fairly limited. Great off the scrum, but there were numerous times where they had overlaps and gaps, and still couldnt get through.
      Am heading down to Bond Uni today to watch Quade and Karmichael. Should be interesting. I will let you know how it goes.

      • disqus_NMXfOrw5ot

        What time is the game? Might come for a look too, it’s in my backyard!

        • Brisneyland Local

          3:40pm

        • disqus_NMXfOrw5ot

          Cool, I might come for a look. I’ll try and say hello if you give me an idea of what you look like!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Look for a 6’8″ NAthan Sharp Look alike with a father Christmas beard.

        • disqus_NMXfOrw5ot

          Righto!

        • onlinesideline

          if you find BL how are you going to ID yourself ?

          “G’day BL Im disqus_NMXfOrw5ot from GGR” ?

        • Brisneyland Local

          Gee that is funny. Mind you KRL happened to find me. It is not hard. I stick out like the proverbial! Look across the crowd, find the person that is a clear head taller than everyone else. If there is a grey beard attached to it, then chances are it is probably me! ;-)

        • disqus_NMXfOrw5ot

          Ha ha, yeah I know, I am a bit reluctant to have to blow my cover :D

          If I find my way to Eastern Europe, then I’ll have the same dilemma chasing you down!

        • onlinesideline

          Central Europe mate. The Hungarians get ancy about this.

        • disqus_NMX

          Ha ha yeah I recently had that response from a Ukrainian too! What countries do the Hungarians consider to be Eastern Europe?

        • onlinesideline

          Basically everyone east of them and Poland ie – Former Soviet sattlelite states, from Belarus down to Ukraine, Romania. Polish and Hungos are proud Central Europa – AustroHungarian empire and all that.

          East Europe comes with built in basket case status. Hungarians are not Slavic. Slavic is where the fun begins. Crazy ass people if you ask me.

        • disqus_NMX

          Ha ha that’s funny. So all these countries consider themselves Central, but everyone east of themselves is Eastern?!

          The weeeeesssst… is the beeeessst!

        • disqus_NMXfOrw5ot

          How was the game? My son managed to land on his head at Bounce, so spent all arvo in hospital under observation for concussion! He’s all good now though.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Drank lots, was a draw!

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep my kids have done that too! Hope he is ok.

        • disqus_NMX

          Thanks, yep he’s good as gold this morning, but no more Bounce for a couple of weeks.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep. I am always of the view that bones heal, and skin grows back. And they rapidly learn not to do that again.

      • Hoss

        Match analysis mate ??

        • Brisneyland Local

          Too many beers consumed.

        • onlinesideline

          Anaylsis – “G’dayyyyyyyyyyyyyy Hossy – yeahhhh it was gooodddd mate………BURP – yeahhh”

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep that is pretty accurate. Sorry for late response am in Queenstown NZ.

        • Brisneyland Local

          However, here is the link to the replay.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLIFp2zuawI

          Overall it was a pretty good game. Cooper is actually defending in land and well. His kicking was good, a truck load better than the Wallabies 10. His distribution again very good.

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Yep.
      Although to be fair there wasn’t a lot of scintillating back play from either team. I personally don’t think Hodge is 10s areshole, he’s much better further out

      • Hoss

        Spot on mate. As a 10 hodge makes a great 22.

  • Brisneyland Local

    Morning GAGR’s. Well the result is a lot better than I thought it would be. However, the game was pretty average as far as skills and discipline go. But that shouldnt be much of a surpise to much of us GAGR’s as it has been evident through Aus rugby in SR and the Wallabies too.
    – Tongan Thor is a machine. I realy hope he lasts. It would be good in ten years to still watching him play. And as Hoss and ML have always pointed out, Props dont peak until their 30’s.
    – Jono Lance is pretty good with the boot.
    – What both teams would give for a decent 10.
    – Sorovi, is looking worth investing in as an alternative 9.
    – Great try to Rodda.
    – Other than that, A pretty average game.

    • Keith Butler

      Too right about the 10s. Rebs have too many ‘utility backs’ imo. Seasons over now for us as the Landers will be a game too far. No need for Maddocks to beef up as suggested by DG. Larkham apparently sees him as a prospect at 10 so why not play him there for the Rising and see how he goes.

      • Kiwi rugby lover

        He’s got to be better than Hodge. That’s a failed experiment

        • Keith Butler

          True. Jack of all trades and master of none.

        • Brumby Runner

          I agree. Hodge is a good player but 10 is not his spot. He is a bit too slow off the mark to play 10, and his top end speed over distance isn’t all that impressive either, eg, watch him chase Foley after the intercept in the game v the Tahs. Didn’t make any headway at all.

        • Missing Link

          Flip English for Hodge at 13 and move Maddocks to 10

      • Brisneyland Local

        MAddocks just looks to big to be a 10.

        • Keith Butler

          Could be right. Didn’t realise he was that big – 1.94m and 96kg. QC come on down.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Good for barging winger or full back. He probably will be too slow for a ten.

        • Brumby Runner

          A little bit bigger than Larkham himself when he played, but then, all players are pretty much bigger than their counterparts from the turn of the Century.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yeah but Bernie was a bit of a stick insect. And had a genuine turn of speed. This kid has some serious bulk about him. Looks fast at speed but doesnt look so fast off the mark or a quick side step.

        • Hoss

          Don’t matter a cracker. Connor Muuray is 6’8 and 118kgs. Give the kid a dodgie vindaloo and a serious run.

        • Keith Butler

          You would have serious runs after a dodgy vindaloo. Talking of which the wife and I are having one tonight. Light the blue touch paper.

        • Hoss

          The national dish of Das Mutterland

        • Keith Butler

          The national dish of us poms chicken tikka masala. I’d prefer steak and kidney pie.

        • Missing Link

          Mmm mooshy peas and gravy :)

        • Keith Butler

          Strictly a Northern dish. I was a soft southerner.

        • Nutta

          Re Maddocks, how big is Barrett again?

          Hodge would be a 12 in any other country which makes him 13 here.

        • Brisneyland Local

          Yep Like Pocock. Best 7 in the world so we play him at 8.

      • Missing Link

        What was glaringly obvious was the Rebels lack of a playmaker, often the backline stuttered with too mamy short passes and then a long one which was either knocked on or went forward

        • Hoss

          Yep mate and Meeks went missing as he tends to do

    • Kiwi rugby lover

      Yeah but also lots of intensity which is good. I like Sorovi’s speed of pass but his decision making needs work. Definitely worth investing in though.
      It was a good win so let’s celebrate that

      • Brisneyland Local

        Dont get me wrong, not unhappy.
        Yeah am impressed with Sorovi. He needs more time in the saddle.

      • Brumby Runner

        Sorovi is impressively fast. Think he will be a first class player before very long.

      • Bernie Chan

        Sorovi really only getting back after a serious injury last year (?). He has a cracking pass but admits that he needs to be more consistent. Used to run a lot ( not slow..) but that seems to have been curtailed by the knee injury..

        • Kiwi rugby lover

          Be good to see that come back

    • Missing Link

      Happy to have Tupou in our camp, worth his weight in gold. Nice to 1UP NZ for a change, now we just need him and Pete Samu to cash in at test level

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yep. There definitely is soemthing about Samu. He just seems to know the right places to be. T Thor is pure gold.

        • Keith Butler

          Very true. Would be interested to see how he goes as a run on prop against the ABs or Saffers. Great option for the last 20 to 25 mins though.

    • Missing Link

      Rodda took his opportunity fair play but not for Maddocks stupidity, we also see Foley do the same telegraph kick when he gets charged. Maddocks should have realised and baulked the kick, he coukd have stepped Rodda and then taken the kick. Cost the Rebels 7 points

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yep, plus when you are kicking against a towering giant at close range the odds are generally not in your favour.

  • first time long time

    I feel for the Reds a bit, I know it wasn’t a great game or performance but it seems that when the Reds win the narrative is always that it was because the other team played so shite.
    I think the Reds were a lot more dominant than is suggested and if it wasn’t for 2 or 3 bad lapses in defence in the 1st half it would have been a landslide victory to the Reds.

    I was at the game but am still not sure what happened at the Rebels yellow card after the blue. The initial scrum penalty seemed to go to the Rebels and did the TMO over rule that decision?

    • Missing Link

      The ref lifted the wrong arm. English asked the question and he apologised but he meant to give tje penalty to the Reds. The YC was for repeated collapsing by the Rebels, which I can’t argue with as Faulkner really got a lesson from Tupou. Saaga was much better when he came on and the Rebels actually won a scrum penalty late in the game.

  • Andy

    Tongan Thor is the most exciting player in Australia at the minute. He’s literally eating every prop he plays. As much as I love Kepu he’s got to be close to starting for the Wallabies. Or even get brought on at 41.

  • Gipetto

    The best Reds try came when McDemott accidently passed the ball over Stewart’s head direct to Paia’aua. Nabuli had a better game than I thought he was capable of. Reds fans could be stuck with Thorn and his fellow goons for another year after that win. The Reds were lucky to get the penalty try because when the ball comes out the back of the scrum, they haven’t a clue. Paia’aua needs to play at #10 and, like Tuttle, Stewart needs to go back to his club. Quade and Hunt will be shouting the beers if Souths win the Brisbane GF

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