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Monday, May 13, 2013

Rod Davies finishes off brilliant 95m Reds try against the Sharks

Rocket Rod Davies scored one of the tries of the season on Saturday as the Reds powered past the struggling Sharks to claim a 32-17 bonus point win at home. They now head to South Africa with goals of reaching the top of the Australian conference.

The Reds shot out to a 29-3 halftime lead in Brisbane, blowing the visiting Sharks off the park in what was a frustrating performance for last year's finalists.

Much is said of turning points, and with the Sharks five meters out and hot on attack just fifteen minutes into the game, turning over possession proved vital.

The Reds spun it wide and before the Sharks knew what hit them, through some great play by Wallabies Digby Ioane and Will Genia, flyer Rod Davies was in for a try at the other end.

"That old notion 'speed kills' is very true. That pace is always in the back pocket to use and you get a good footy brain with Rocket (Davies) as well," Quade Cooper told the Courier Mail.

The Faingaa twins, Saia and Anthony, scored a try each, while Davies scored a brace. He has now scored five tries in the last four matches, putting his hand up for Wallaby contention.

"Guys can honeypot to the breakdown when breaks are made, but Rocket and Anthony, for his try, kept that width right across the field that is so important. The defence then has to spread, you can get through a bit and scoring chances come," added optimistic Cooper.

The Sharks played better in the second half but weren't able to pull things back after such a great first period by the home side, who now set sail for South Africa and two tough tour matches.

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Posted at 1:48 pm | 8 comments

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Mick May 13, 2013 6:11 pm

A bit of a pity the first try wasn't included! It was definitely a cracker too!

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Kaneda May 13, 2013 7:51 pm

True, quade cooper was on fire. those flat fast balls he delivers are pretty spectacular when they come off.

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Rugbydump May 13, 2013 9:47 pm

It's in the highlights, shown on page 2 of this post

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Javier Xavier May 13, 2013 7:03 pm

Not only did Genia kick the grubber for the try assist, he also made the first hit to create the turnover and pinned two Sharks to the ground offside by threatening a pass to the right, thus contributing to the overlap. Class.

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Dyl May 13, 2013 8:30 pm

Shark fan's rant here: It just me or has Daniel repeatedly tried to sabotage the campaign this year? Last year he was running around with so much enthusiasm getting mucked in everywhere. This year he occasionally lifts in the line out, serves as a speed bump for centres and stands out on the wing.
In this try he was just running with Reds not looking like he was making an effort to catch up or tackle someone. Why was kino left behind when we take Kegan with us?
Why aren’t the youngsters you actually look like they want to try stuck on the park. We played better with them during the start of the tour than we did in this game.

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TotesMcGoates May 13, 2013 11:35 pm

I don't know about Davies for Wallaby selection in the coming weeks, great talent but I think his defence lets him down. After watching that first half, Genia and Cooper are the men to fill the halves for me. The best rugby I saw all weekend.

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