Reds make sloppy Rebels pay

Fri, 08 Mar 2013 10:30
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The Reds made the Rebels pay for some sloppy play when they beat them 23-13 in an error-strewn Super Rugby encounter in Melbourne on Friday.

The Reds made the Rebels pay for some sloppy play when they beat them 23-13 in an error-strewn Super Rugby encounter in Melbourne on Friday.

Like most Australian derbies, the game struggled to reach any great heights - with a host of sloppy handling errors and some poor option taking turning it into a stop-start affair.

The 2011 champions, the Reds, scored two tries to one with Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper proving the difference with two conversions and three penalties.

The Reds have yet to lose to the Rebels in five encounters but trailed 10-13 at half-time when centre Lachlan Mitchell scored off a delayed James O'Connor pass right on the half-time siren.

But Queensland quickly regained the lead with youngster Nick Frisby, deputising for injured Wallaby scrumhalf Will Genia, dashing over in the left corner two minutes after the resumption.

The Rebels had plenty of possession but Cooper ensured the Reds would take home all four competition points with further penalty goals in the 60th and 79th minutes for Queensland's third win in four outings this season.

"We still haven't put in an 80-minute performance this year and we'll be disappointed with that," Reds skipper James Slipper said.

"In patches we played well, but overall we just kept the Rebels in the game.

"But you can't take anything away from the character of the team, defence sets the tone of the match and the way we scrambled in defence on our own line is second to none."

Centre Ben Tapuai scored with a big step in a close-range try for the Reds in the 16th minute and hooker Saia Faingaa bombed a certain try minutes later when he spilled the ball over the try-line.

O'Connor engineered the Rebels reply with a sleight of hand pass drawing in a defender before sending Mitchell racing over in the final moments of the opening half.

Melbourne's only win of the season was in Round One against the Western Force when they trailed at half-time.

They also lost when the Brumbies and Waratahs came from behind.

"We talked a lot this week about our second half performance and we talked about playing minute by minute and playing to our game plan... we did it better, but hey, we lost again," Rebels skipper Ged Robinson said.

"We only had about 30 percent possession in the first half and we're talked that if we can just get 50-50 possession we're in the game and we can win and it's something we need to work on."

The Reds have another Australian derby next week against the Western Force at home, while the Rebels have a bye.

Man of the match: Quade Cooper had his moments, even though he was still some way off his best. Loose forward Jake Schatz had some powerful surges, while Ben Tapuai always looked dangerous on attack - asking questions of the Rebels' defence. However, our award goes to young Reds flank Liam Gill, who left his mark on all aspects of the game - not to mention that crucial clearance kick when the Rebels looked to get back into the lead.

The scorers:

For the Melbourne Rebels:
Try:
Mitchell
Con: O'Connor
Pens: O'Connor 2

For the Reds:
Tries:
Tapuai, Frisby
Cons: Cooper 2
Pens: Cooper 3

Teams:

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Angus Roberts, 14 Richard Kingi, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Lachlan Mitchell, 11 Alex Rokobaro, 10 James O'Connor (captain), 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Jordy Reid, 19 Jarrod Saffy, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 Rory Sidey, 22 Tom English.

Reds: 15 Jono Lance, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ed O'Donoghue, 3 James Slipper (captain), 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Radike Samo, 20 Ben Lucas, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Chris Feauai-Sautia.

Referee: Francisco Pastrana (Argentina)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Ed Martin (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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Force 7 2 0 5 9
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Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
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Team P W D L Pts
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Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
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Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
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Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10