Massive try saving hit by Israel No.8


Random great tries from 2008


Tony Buckley's big handoff on Simon Shaw


Mourad Boudjellal on building Toulon


Carlos Spencer & Stephen Larkham fight


Henry Tuilagi swats Zee Ngwenya away


Sam Tuitupou's big tackle on Sherridan


Matt Toomua Falcon vs the All Blacks


Schalk Brits runs into Wayne Barness

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Reds beat the Bulls in classic match at Suncorp

The Reds beat the Bulls in classic match at Suncorp

The Queensland Reds leaped into the top four of the Super 14 on Saturday when they beat the Bulls 19-12 in a highly entertaining match in front of 26,669 fans at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

It was only the second defeat of the Bulls campaign but the defending champions were their own worst enemy at times, making uncharacteristic errors as they were unable to find an answer for the persistent running game of an inspired Reds side.

The Bulls are still on track for that all important home semi final though, ending round ten in joint first position with the Crusaders, with the Canterbury men in pole position due to a superior points difference.

The Reds, coached by axed Stade Francais coach Ewen McKenzie, are now serious title contenders with just four weeks left in the tournament.

"All credit to the players," said McKenzie. "We had a very specific game plan and they went out and tried their best to make it happen. They did a really good job and showed plenty of character and application.

"We didn't want to give them the ball, so we had to find ways to be creative. It's hard to play 80 minutes without giving them the ball, but that was our intention and we did pretty well.

"We didn't give them the line-outs that they wanted to play and set up their game with. For long periods of time we didn't give them the chance to play the structured game that they like to play and then they got tired from making a lot of tackles."

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke was unable to fault his teams commitment and instead praised the quality of the Reds team, who scored tries through Scott Higginbotham and Rod Davies.

"The Reds played fantastically. They took us almost out of the game in terms of possession. It's a very expansive style, but their retention was spot on. Definitely one of the best continuity performances I've seen in a long time and they deserved to win."

It was a well deserved match for the Reds and their loyal fans, who were over the moon at the final whistle. Phil Kearns summed up the feeling in the ground when he said "There's blokes in private boxes up here patting each other on the butts!"

Great match for the neutral, with some brilliant tries and excellent defense from both sides, particularly the Reds in the closing stages. Enjoy the extended highlights.


Time: 07:89

Posted at 2:41 pm | 46 comments

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Anonymous April 19, 2010 3:54 pm

booooooom, the best performing backline in australia without a questionnn.......first

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BODisgod April 19, 2010 4:04 pm

"thats a meat pie"...haha

ya reds are a quality outfit.cooper starting to fulfill all his potential,apart from the strange kicking style id rate him up there wit the best 10s in the world at the moment!id also back the aussies to win the 2011 wc..11/2 at the moment?

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Anonymous April 19, 2010 4:16 pm

I love watching super 14 rugby like this. Sure you could be critical of the poor defence being the reason for such open rugby but the skill with ball in hand is fantastic. Up until recently I had only seen Cooper playing for Aus but I've been hella impressed during this tournament, and he's only 22? Looks so natural with the ball in hand and keeps the opp guessing.

One query for rugbydump - is there any chance you could not put the result of the game in the heading. I'm one of those guys who hates knowing the outcome before I watch it!

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minstrel boy April 19, 2010 4:25 pm

what a passage of play for the first try! great rugby from both teams

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Les Bleus April 19, 2010 4:35 pm

Quade Cooper is the in form flyhalf in the world right now. Same with Genia, he is the in form halfback in the world. They are both just PURE class. This reds team is just amazing, a well deserved win.

Poor effort from the Bulls, South Africa looks vulnerable this year in the Tri-Nations.

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FrankyH April 19, 2010 4:43 pm

Haha Les Blues you're so full of sh*t mate. Always just out to cause trouble with your ridiculous comments. You're the new Cameron Maxted, or probably the same guy even. How can you say such a thing when they're having one of their most successful S14 campaigns ever? Clown. Not sure why I even bother.

Great match. Genia and Cooper with Giteau at 1st centre. Pretty decent combination right there for Aus.

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gecko672 April 19, 2010 5:13 pm

After years of watching the Reds fall short an disappoint, finally something to cheers about. I haven't been this animated watching my home team for ages. Woke the wife and kids jumping and yelling like a fool at 1am. Can they go all the way?..I hope so..Im just loving the way they play. Go the Reds

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cheyanqui April 19, 2010 5:46 pm

Can't wait until someone puts a bounty on Quade Cooper's head, a la Reg Dunlop (Paul Newman) in "Slap Shot".

The harder part will be to collect on the bounty -- Cooper's so elusive.

Genia is definitely awesome, and making a run for du Preez's mantle as the #1 #9 in the world. du Preez may hang on in terms of being a better tactical kicker, but I think Genia's got him on the runs from the base.

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Anonymous April 19, 2010 6:33 pm

epic!!!

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Chris Boy April 19, 2010 6:36 pm

get in the reds! they were pretty useless a couple seasons ago, glad to see them doing well.

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alexis April 19, 2010 6:56 pm

@FrankyH

hey man chill out a bit. why are you such a hater? he just posted a comment no need to get pissed...

anyway. bulls are very very strong this year but when steyn isn't on top form it is another team... it's quite dangerous for the end of this campain... let's see.

Lovely to whatch aussi teams this year!

as always despite strange defence moves sometimes super 14 is super exciting!

cheers rd

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ian April 19, 2010 7:51 pm

wow... morne missed....

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flapjack April 19, 2010 8:10 pm

I dunno, cheyanqui. As much as it pains me to say it, I think du Preez has no competition regarding the best scrumhalf in rugby right now.

You're right, though...Genia is definitely something special.

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(u-p)rick April 19, 2010 8:25 pm

alexis, you need to read Les Blues other comments......the guy is such a cock.....and in all honesty this game has nowt to do with tri nations so les blues is trying to stir up crap!!!

Anyway on this game......really good effort looks like a good game, and yeh cooper seems to be stepping up a lot more now....

i guess with his recent 'events' he needs to prove his worth and im happy to say this performance was definately beneficial!!

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(u-p)rick April 19, 2010 8:30 pm

p.s what was with the blues 12? i mean he was continuously throwing his shoulder in on so many players...?

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Anonymous April 19, 2010 8:47 pm

game of the season

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mise April 19, 2010 11:02 pm

amazing rugby in these clips.

Also, its not poor defence as stated earlier, its v fast hands and thinking and a different interpenetration of the breakdown.

Some of the defence was excellent, and some of the tackling itself v solid.

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Lsk April 19, 2010 11:57 pm

Bulls played 10 minutes of rugby in this game, very poor.

Looked as if they had one foot on the plane which isn't the right idea.

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Anonymous April 20, 2010 12:06 am

The score was only 19-12, what's the talk of poor defence.
The offloading, running, passing and handling were excellent particularly from the Reds and a lesser team would have conceded 5 or 6 tries.
The Bulls kept in the game with some amazing defence.
Watch and learn europeans.

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Anonymous April 20, 2010 12:07 am

Genia makes Cooper look good with good service. Look at how Barnes and Giteau suffer with rubbish from Burgess and Phibbs respectively. the key to the Reds is Genia. He gives the forwards something to work for and gives the backs something to work with.

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Jon April 20, 2010 12:23 am

Genia is awesome, but Cooper has also really come into his own.
His stepping and passing is second to none right now. His kicking game is very dangerous too.
The beauty of Genia is that he isn't always at the ruck, he actually plays as a fly half some of the time, let's one of the other players, like the hooker or a flanker clear the ruck, takes it at first reciever and is as dangerous there as most fly-halves or centres around.

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heavy rain April 20, 2010 12:54 am

Awesome stuff by the Reds. That Bulls try was awesome too. And that Reds No.6 beating backs to the ball was impressive. Great to see the young QLDers come good after so long in the outs.

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Tui April 20, 2010 2:03 am

How frightened did the bulls player look when Cooper was roughing up his hair.... Hilarious.

Talk about rattled....The reds are just too strong with ball in hand.

Just like the Blues.... The bulls love a grind and the reds and blues just throw it around and create magic! :-)

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Chris J April 20, 2010 2:50 am

I have to say it again I love the aussie commentators. As a neutral I think I'm hopping on the Reds bandwagon as far as aus teams go. Blues are still my fav s14 team though....

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Anonymous April 20, 2010 4:05 am

reds played awesome rugby, kudos. stormers game is gonna be a cracker. Do think higganbotham was miles offsides and probably knocked it on as well. that would have been a penalty in reds 22 , 10-0 instead of 7-5.massive call, bulls have had a couple of big calls go against them lately, but they still didnt deserve to win. that was as good as the reds can play, and they still could have drawn it/lost it at the end, whereas the bulls were away from home and played as poorly as they could. reds have played their final, stormers to put them to the sword this weekend...

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MD April 20, 2010 5:06 am

An awesome game of Rugby to watch. it was hard and fast, had great defence and of course the attacking was spot on. A real treat for the spectators.

Looks like the Reds are a possibility of being the main feeder club for the Wallabies.

Genia, Cooper, Davies, Saia Faingaa, Chambers, Higginbotham, Hynes, Ioane, Morahan and Weeks are all in with a shot at the green and gold.

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Anonymous April 20, 2010 5:10 am

reds are good this season but the bulls are always bad on their trip to nz and aussie. they lost to the blues for god sake!!! really.. beating the bulls away from home shouldnt be too difficult and they're celebrating like they just won the cup!! cmon i mean the reds lost at home to the waratahs and blues and to the sharks!
my point being that the bulls have been pretty bad on this tour so its no suprise at all to me.. i put my money on the reds to beat them

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goosNumber10 April 20, 2010 5:14 am

Reds have been the most entertaining team to watch this year, I reckon that was the best two teams in the 14 playing right there.

fantastic game.

RE: Defence, i don't think a game that finishes 19-12 can really be considered to have had poor defence.

The games that were one day cricket scores? indeed, and those teams have fallen off the pace since.

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RD April 20, 2010 8:43 am

Anonymous third from the top (pick a name so you can be answered properly please).. regarding your query, news is news, you can't avoid it.

Some people want to know what they're watching before they watch it. Others want a surprise. In close matches that go down to the final minutes, spoilers are avoided if possible, but in general using something like 'Reds vs Bulls Highlights' is pretty stale, and not what RD is about.

Please email in if you'd like to discuss further. I'm open to suggestions. Cheers

If anyone else has any thoughts on spoilers, do the same please.

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miner April 20, 2010 9:03 am

I've just grown accustomed to the fact that since RD is so fast at posting videos, if there's a match I still haven't seen, I avoid the site until I watch it. This is especially true around 6N/3N and autumn internationals.

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Phil April 20, 2010 2:35 pm

I don't mind the spoilers. I agree that it makes for a better headline and makes one more inclined to watch the clip.

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Toulouse FTW April 20, 2010 2:45 pm

Looked like it would have been a mighty game. Well done to the Reds, wern't they last or something last season?


Can't think of much you need to change RD. More highlights like this (length, vid quality etc) would be good though.

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owain April 20, 2010 3:36 pm

what a gay kicking technique.

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ilexvunibola April 20, 2010 6:21 pm

I hope the Reds get somewhere this season ...great clip and both teams played super rugby!

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Anonymous April 20, 2010 8:24 pm

Funny how some are already writing off the boks for the 3n when they are the only 3n team to have 2x teams in the top four at the mo....just a thought!!

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Anonymous April 20, 2010 8:26 pm

Bulls will be back!! But how out of form is steyn...guess he never packed his kicking boots on tour???

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Anonymous April 20, 2010 9:16 pm

The bulls first try was quality!

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jimbo April 21, 2010 6:06 am

Anonymous said...
Funny how some are already writing off the boks for the 3n when they are the only 3n team to have 2x teams in the top four at the mo....just a thought!!

I'm not a Bok fan but I don't think anybody is really writing them off, I wouldn't be surprised if they won the 3N again. But it looks like it might not be so clear cut this year. The Aussies are looking sharp and the NZ form is a little hard to pick right now but you know they'll be up for it. Should be good.


Anonymous said...
they're celebrating like they just won the cup!! cmon i mean the reds lost at home to the waratahs and blues and to the sharks!

that's the point, they're celebrating like a team that's had patchy form and then just knocked off the competition leaders, they were underdogs and deserve to celebrate. That's what it's all about!

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luxi April 21, 2010 1:54 pm

thats a classic !!! but omg, look at the speed by blindside flanker higginsbottom !!! wouldnt be surprised to see him in green & gold after the RWC 2011 !!!

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Anonymous April 21, 2010 6:28 pm

haha im an England supporter, and anyone who says there's bad defending in the super 14 does not understand how ballistic the attack is either! That's why traditionally the tri-nations teams tend to out score us northern boys because they play like this week in and week out!

we only play similar when it's Heineken/play off's or internationally (sometimes)

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Anonymous April 21, 2010 7:28 pm

Reds Stormers this weekend - can't wait - im frm OZ but I think the stormers are the best team in this S14, even better than the bulls - but maybe not when the bulls play at loftus - no team can beat them there. Heard they might not be playing there for the finals as the stadium is gana be used for the football world cup?? Any saffers know about this, is this true? Could be a major blow for the bulls hopes?

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Les Bleus April 21, 2010 7:53 pm

Heineken cup never comes close to Super 14, it is dull. Super 14 is an exciting race to the top, especially this year. Too many teams in the Heineken cup to make it interesting. Because of the quarter-finals aswell, it just gets too drawn out.

I predict a Stormers Crusaders final.

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Jason April 22, 2010 7:37 am

REDS V STORMERS !!!! GONNA BE THE GAME OF THE SEASON FELLAS

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Anonymous April 23, 2010 6:49 pm

I predict Stormers V bulls final ( as they are both at the top of the log) and they have already been on tour - Crusaders still need to visit SA.... and Reds never even met the Bulls and stormers in their last visit to SA - time will tell time will tell...

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Anonymous April 24, 2010 4:41 am

Reds beat the Stormers.

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Anonymous April 24, 2010 8:55 am

^ STORMERS ARE STILL ON TOP OF THE LOG FOLLOWING THE LOSS - REDS STILL HAVE TO VISIT SA TO PLAY BULLS OR STORMERS - THATS A WHOLE OTHER STORY THOUGH!!

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