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Monday, February 22, 2010

Queensland Reds blitz the Crusaders in Brisbane

Queensland Reds blitz the Crusaders in Brisbane

One of the games of the weekend in the Super 14 was undoubtedly the match that took place in Brisbane between the Reds and the Crusaders. The Reds upset the perennial favourites 41-20.

Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper had one of his better performances as he scored 31 points on the night, scoring two tries, kicking five penalties, and slotting three conversions.

Flyers Digby Ioane and Rod Davies also scored tries as the Reds picked up their first win over the New Zealand powerhouse since 1999.

"That was real tough. We just weren't there," said Crusaders captain Kieran Read. "We didn't put anything out on the track and it's very disappointing."

Andy Ellis, Brad Thorn, and Dan Carter scored points for the Crusaders, but a high error count and a determined Reds side meant the home side continued their great start to the campaign, despite narrowly going down to the Waratahs last week.

"We stuck at it for 80 minutes and that's a great result for the boys," said Reds captain James Horwill, who unfortunately picked up a season-ending knee injury.

He will undergo a knee reconstruction then face a hefty nine month rehabilitation, perhaps allowing him to make it for the Wallabies end of year tour.

Captaincy will be handed to 22 year old scrumhalf Will Genia, whos performances have shown maturity beyond his years.

Coach Ewen Mckenzie, who was famously sacked from Stade Francais, said he doesnt want to get too excited about the win at this stage.

"We're not living the dream. The reality is that we've won one match. We're around about where we'd like to be in terms of being competitive but I don't expect anyone to get too enthusiastic," said the Reds coach.

"It's going to get harder now. The more you get people talking about you, the more you get people looking at you, the more time people put in working out ways to beat you," he added.

They play the Blues in round three.


Time: 05:47

Posted at 10:33 am | 17 comments

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1st btw February 22, 2010 9:37 am

Rod Davies has speed to burn! Funny looking little guy, but so quick. Cooper's no look passes are sweet

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Anonymous February 22, 2010 10:00 am

Cooper is just an extremely extremely poor mans Benji Marshall.

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Anonymous February 22, 2010 10:00 am

2ND! and great start to the S14's so far. really refreshing from the GP...

can;t wait till H-Cup resumes though. only decent NH tournamet.

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Anonymous February 22, 2010 10:00 am

shit...3rd then

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Anonymous February 22, 2010 10:40 am

Brad Thorn scored not Dan Carter.

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REDS! February 22, 2010 10:55 am

Game of the round! The boys are playing some great rugby atm, i'm feeling good about this season - single digit finish here we come!

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Ted February 22, 2010 11:02 am

Yep, that's much more like it - shows that the 'tryfest' was just a freak result, this is much more representative of S14 rugby. The tries scored here are all good and a couple of them great and the defence is much, much better too.

Any of my fellow NH supporters who bitch about S14 should watch more games like this before they cast judgement. I'm afraid the S14 is clearly much better rugby than the GP. As I've said before though, the comparison is a little unfair as the GP is a strictly domestic comp. S14 and HC is a better comparison and I would argue that the HC holds its own against games of this (high) quality.

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Jeroz February 22, 2010 11:13 am

loving that cheeky intercept try from Cooper. Rubbing the salt in the cocksader's wound the best way possible.

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lopper February 22, 2010 12:37 pm

That was proper game of rugby there! Give me a game like that any day :) is it just me or is the crusaders away jersey horrible? Off topic but I miss the old style jerseys, does this skin tight things really make them play that much better? Nice to see the reds playing a bit after turning into a bit of joke for a few years.

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Max February 22, 2010 2:26 pm

Would love to see a match between a top S14 team and a top HC team.

S14 teams may have the edge in attacking play, but their defence is suspect, and may not match up to the power of a top NH team.

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Anonymous February 22, 2010 3:48 pm

^ play a S14 team against any NH team and see their defence improve 100% ( reason - the attack in the S14 is just CRAZY!!!)

LONG LIVE SH RUGGER!!!

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Chris February 22, 2010 9:10 pm

Quade Cooper looking confident, keep it up son

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Tui February 23, 2010 1:44 am

Reds are a sick team, good to see them getting it together early this year... Cooper and Davies are guns! Crusaders will bounce back.

Anyone also wonder about Quades first try and how close his foot was to being in touch? It was so close I thought the touchy might have gone to a TMO...? There was another incident in the Bulls game where they gave a try that was a knock on... Watch the ball and player a bit more closely ref!!

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Joost February 23, 2010 1:55 am

Awesome, the Super 14 rocks and is a big refresh from the boring Guinness Premiership.

Ah, England will win the RBS Six nations, defeating France in the final game. You heard it here first.

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Mark February 23, 2010 2:11 am

SUPER 14 ROCKS!!!

And the reds are the team to watch, they've always been there on the wings and this is going to be their season!

I just spent about $300 on the reds store so they better keep up the pace!

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Anonymous February 23, 2010 3:00 am

Last i heard there is some silverware missing from Crusaders clubhouse.

Police are investigating thoroughly (which is just a nice way of saying they are pretending to look at everything when they know blatantly it was that little convict Cooper!)

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Anonymous February 25, 2010 6:34 am

nice the way Cooper STOLE in for that try, he really ROBBED that pass

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