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Sun Apr 20 05:12:44 SAST 2014

Reds blow Rebels away in Melbourne

TEAMtalk Media | 29 June, 2012 13:330 Comments
James O'Connor of the Rebels makes a break during the round 16 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Reds at AAMI Park on June 29, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia
Image by: Scott Barbour / Getty Images

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.

Scorers:

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.

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