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REVIEW: Reds v Stormers

REVIEW: Reds v Stormers

The Reds were back at Suncorp smarting from ending their African tour winless. Waiting for them were the Stormers.

All Photos by Keith Mcinnes Photography

The teams traded blows for the first ten minutes, all the while the Reds struggled to go forward. The Stormers, making more from their probes, eventually made it look all to easy to open the Reds defence as pure numbers saw winger Damian De Allende go over for the first try of the match. Peter Grant had no issues adding the extras.

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The Teams traded penalty attempts with only Quade Cooper successful in his attempt making the score 7-3 in favour of the visitors.

An attacking raid by the Stormers 20 ended when Gio Aplon fell awkwardly in a tackle, dislocating his elbow on the way down.

The Reds seemed to come alive and looked far more dangerous. The new intent was paying dividends as they worked the Stormers line after a 5m line out. Rob Simmons was the benefactor, rumbling his way over the line right under the posts, making the Cooper’s conversion a sure thing.

The Stormers appeared to be frustrated, their discipline slipping and a couple of penalties began to creep into their game. Cooper took two shots at goal, missing the first before slotting the second. A square up penalty was awarded to the Stormers, which was successful, shortly after with James Hanson penalised for trundling around centre field. A ridiculous call given it had absolutely no impact at all on the game. Sure it’s the law, but it just seems a waste of time.

The teams went into the sheds with the score 13-10 to the home team.

Both teams came out from the break looking to have a run, the tempo and intent seemed better from the start. No points were coming from it but it was entertaining to watch. Despite that, it took until the 18th minute of the half before any points were added, a penalty to the Reds was kicked by Cooper.

Not content with just kicking goals, Quade added obstacles...

Not content with just kicking goals, Quade added obstacles…

A cheeky drop goal from Cooper kept the scoreboard ticking, quite a smart move given the starch in the Stormers defence and the scarcity of points on offer. With ten minutes to go, a penalty kicked by Cooper stretched the lead to 22-10.

The Stormers were quick to hit back, a 5 metre lineout was pulled down and a penalty awarded, they backed the plan and went the lineout again. This time they formed the maul and easily drove over with back rower Sikhumbuzo Notshe putting the ball down. replacement flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis converted the try making the score 22-17 with 7 minutes of play to go, plenty of time for them to get the game.

From there it was a matter of the Reds closing the game out, and try as they might the Stormers couldn’t get any more points, Will Genia eventually putting the ball dead after the hooter to ensure the Reds added another mark to the winners column and put their African tour behind them.


The Game Changer

Quade’s boot was the key change here, constantly keeping the scoreboard ticking over.


The G&GR MOTM

Beau Robinson made the most of his start, keeping himself busy all night. He was involved all over the park, it was good to see him out there.


Wallaby watch

Mike Harris looked spritely in the first half, though I’m thinking Rob Simmons did the most for his Wallaby chances in this game, getting through a mountain of work, without giving away too much in the penalty department.


The Details

Score & Scorers

Reds 22
Tries: Simmons
Conversions: Cooper 1/1
Penalties: Cooper 4/5
Drop goal: Cooper 1/1
Stormers 10
Tries: De Allende, Notshe
Conversions: Grant 1/1, Catrakilis 1/1
Penalties: Grant 1/2

Cards & Citings

Crowd

28,060 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

  • Bob

    What a boring game. Refs will have to step up seceeal notches to make finals this year.

    • Bob

      Reds. Not refs

      • Chris

        Better the first time given the impact the refs are having on games. May as well be playing. Almost certain winners!

    • Matthew Lalor

      They got no hope… And I think you were right the first time…

  • Stubbsy

    Stormers did everything they possibly could to ensure the Reds won.

  • Joker

    Both teams may have struggled with the heat and humidity. The apparent temperature is still at 30C° and it is after 9pm. So greasy.

    • Matthew Lalor

      It was as humid as it could be without rain.

  • brumby runner

    QC MOTM for me. One small criticism – he did kick on occasions when I thought he should run. Will still has a long way to go to reach his former level of performance. Doesn’t seem to look for the play that will most test the defence, but seems to have a preconception of which way he will send the ball – or is that just where Quade is calling for it? Whatever, there were a few opportunities missed where an overlap existed on one side of the ruck, only for the ball to go the other way.

    • Matthew Lalor

      I agree. his kicking lacked something all night. poor decisions and the kicking in general made no one work for the ball at all.

  • Bill

    Scratchy from the reds, maybe, Stormers were great physically but perhaps lacked invention to go with it. Any other week I think they would have rolled the the reds, there sure were a lot of not straight throws…Jeremy Paul could have been playing. That wouldn’t be a bit of an evener from the refs would it? Having had a bit of time to reflect and catching the highlights on replay my calling Berry a c*nt was over the top, there were quite a few things he could have pinged us for in the first half but didn’t. But I still think he made it a very uneven contest.
    The good thing for the reds vs the stormers wasn’t the injury toll, but the ability of the team to aim up and perform despite facing what looked a more physically dominant team , shame to see Shipperly run aground after finally showing a bit. Plenty of food for thought for Richard Graham in this.

  • Dave

    That pull down penalty by Horwill in the closing minutes…. How many times will he be pinned for that before he learns? Another criticism – he burnt himself out in the first half, albeit with some good runs and hits but by the second was walking around barely contributing at all.

    I thought the wrong lock was pulled when Simmons went off however Ed O’Donoghue almost made up for it himself, such an enthusiastic bugger.

  • Rj

    Wow, Neutral referee and now no-one is talking about referees. Coincidence? Take note SANZAR.

    • Tahs_Man_Fan

      I dunno, the NZ ref of the Tahs v sharks game really seemed to have it in for us Tahs!!

  • RubberLegs

    Shippers has to improve his defense. Twice this season I have seen him standing like a deer in the headlights and tackling no one. Put Tony F on the wing and that first try does not happen. Only Beau and Aussie Mike seemed to know when the unglamorous take-the-ball-up running has to be done. At times, the rest of the team look like they are trying to remember a training move. That said retaining possession and containing deJong and de Villiers and their other big backs was an excellent effort. It was a hard fought game with a low error count and good tactical decisions: most enjoyable.

    • ralphyus

      Would you prefer it if Ships left the man with the ball to run through? Not too much you can do when it’s 3 on 1 because the whole defence didn’t slide…

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