Reds blow Rebels away in Melbourne
The Reds strengthened their chances of making the play-offs when they claimed a 32-17 win over the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.
This result was sewn up in the first half when the Brisbane-based franchise ran in three tries without reply to give them a handy 24-3 lead at half-time.
After James O'Connor opened the scoring with a penalty for the hosts in the 15th minute, the Reds struck back from the restart, with a try by 18-year-old wing Chris Feauai-Sautia, who came into the side as a late replacement for Digby Ioane.
The youngster got an easy run-in at the corner after latching onto a long pass from Quade Cooper close to the Rebels' try-line.
The Reds' best try, however, came in the 26th minute when Dom Shipperley rounded off a superb team effort, which started deep inside their own half.
In the build-up, Mike Harris caugth the on-rushing Rebels defence off guard with a chip kick over their heads which he regathered.
Harris offloaded to Anthony Faingaa who then put Feauai-Sautia in the clear. The young speedster was hauled in from behind by Kurtley Beale but did well to throw an inside pass to Shipperley who scored in the left-hand corner.
The third try came after Cooper did well to create space for Adam Wallace-Harrison to dot down next to the Rebels' uprights.
Reds — Tries: Chris F’Sautia, Dom Shipperley, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Nick Frisby; Conversions: Mike Harris (3); Penalties: Harris (2).
Rebels — Tries: Kurtley Beale, Lachie Mitchell; Conversion: Julian Huxley, Beale; Penalty: James O’Connor.