Reds slay Brumbies in Australia derby

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24 Mar 2019
Reds slay Brumbies in Australia derby

The Reds beat the Brumbies 31-14 in their Super Rugby clash played in Brisbane on Sunday, with the hosts securing a bonus point in the process.

The home team were clinical in all aspects as they put their Australian counterparts to the sword.

The Reds were leading 10-0 at the half-time time through a Scott Higginbotham try, with the number eight powering over line, while fly-half Bryce Hegarty landed a penalty.

The Brumbies made the almost perfect start to the second half as Henry Speight went over in the corner but it was just a minor setback for the hosts as they hit back with two tries through Chris Feauai-Sautia and Tate McDermott.

The manner of the five-pointers would have been pleasing for the Reds' coaching staff as both efforts came from long-range and showed what they are capable of when they keep ball in hand.

With the home team 24-7 to the good, the Brumbies reduced the deficit through a Jahrome Brown try but the Reds then ran away towards the end, and claimed a valuable bonus-point, when Hegarty and Brandon Paenga-Amosa scored late in the game.

The victory moved the Reds to up one place to 4th in the Australian conference while the Brumbies stay in third place.

Scorers: Reds - Tries: Scott Higginbotham, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Tate McDermott, Bryce Hegarty, Brandon Paenga-Amosa. Conversions: Hegarty (4). Penalty: Hegarty.

Brumbies - Tries: Henry Speight, Jahrome Brown. Conversions: Christian Lealiifano (2).

Teams: Reds - 15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi (c), 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia, 4 Harry Hockings, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Feo Fotuaika.
Subs: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Isacc Lucas.

Brumbies - 15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Lausii Taliauli, 10 Christian Lealiifano (c), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 Tom Cusack, 6 Pete Samu, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 2 Folau Faingaa, 1 James Slipper.
Subs: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Tom Ross, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Murray Douglas, 21 Jahrome Brown, 22 Matt Lucas, 23 Jordan Jackson-Hope.

Referee: Paul Williams (Australia)
Assistant referees: Egon Seconds (South Africa), Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)