Planet Rugby

Red-hot Reds upset Chiefs

13th April 2013 07:25

Share:

quade cooper chiefs v reds

Quade Cooper: 16 points for Reds

The Reds bagged maximum points against the Chiefs thanks to an impressive 31-23 Super Rugby win in Hamilton on Saturday.

It was the Queenslanders fourth straight victory over their trans-Tasman rivals, and puts them on 31 points in the tournament wildcard places - eight ahead of the fifth-placed Hurricanes.

A day after being left out of Australia's training squad for the British and Irish Lions tour Down Under, Cooper's masterclass performance inspired the Reds to a resounding victory.

Reds winger Rod Davies grabbed a double in his first starting opportunity of 2013 while number eight Jake Schatz and Cooper, who also added 11 points with the boot, crossed for five-pointers.

Not far behind Cooper in the influence stakes was scrum-half Will Genia, who pulled the strings brilliantly behind a dominant Reds pack as the visitors inflicted just the second home loss on the Chiefs in 14 months.

The Reds started the match with a roar and a hiss, with lock James Horwill unlucky not to have scored early on after being held up over the line. Davies then dropped the ball with the tryline begging, but made amends after intercepting an Aaron Cruden pass and raced in for the opening try under the sticks.

Chiefs full-back Gareth Anscombe put his team on the scoreboard with a penalty shot before setting up the hosts' first try when he put centre Bundee Aki over the line.

Anscombe's conversion took the Chiefs out to a 10-7 lead, but once the Reds replied through number eight Schatz's converted try from a driving maul - they never looked back.

That score took the Reds into a deserved four-point (10-14) lead at half-time.

The Chiefs closed the gap to a single point early in the second half thanks to another Anscombe penalty, but that would be the closest the hosts would come to staying in touch with the Queenslanders.

The Reds then scored two quickfire tries that effectively left the Chiefs with a mountain to climb after Cooper dummied his way past Cruden for a solo score before Genia fired a bullet pass to Davies who strolled over untouched out wide.

Trailing 13-28, the Chiefs were in trouble. But the momentum swung in favour of the hosts when replacement Patrick Osborne was brought off the bench and made an instant impact.

Anscombe added another penalty as the Chiefs began to claw their way back and when Reds centre Anthony Faingaa was sin-binned for a ruck infringement, Osborne immediately crossed to slice the gap to eight points.

But the Chiefs were unable to get any closer thanks to some gutsy defence from the visitors. Cooper had the chance to put the result beyond doubt, however missed two penalties in the last 10 minutes of an absorbing encounter.

The scorers:

For Chiefs:
Tries: Aki, Osborne
Cons: Anscombe 2
Pens: Anscombe 3

For Reds:
Tries: Davies 2, Schatz, Cooper.
Cons: Cooper 4
Pens: Cooper 2

Chiefs: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Tim Nanai Williams, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Bundee Aki, 11 Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 August Pulu, 8 Liam Messam (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Tanerau Latimer, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Michael Fitzgerald, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Michael Kainga, 18 Nick Crosswell, 19 Fritz Lee, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Andrew Horrell, 22 Patrick Osborne.

Reds: 15 Jono Lance, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Rod Davies, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 James Hanson, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Ed O'Donoghue, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Ben Lucas, 21 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 22 Aidan Toua.

Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , April 19
Exeter vs SaleExeter vs Sale Preview
Bath vs WorcesterBath vs Worcester Preview
Wasps vs GloucesterWasps vs Gloucester Preview
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London IrishNorthampton vs London Irish Preview
Newcastle vs SaracensNewcastle vs Saracens Preview
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Saturday , April 19
Zebre vs EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Preview
Connacht vs MunsterConnacht vs Munster Preview
Sunday , April 20
Cardiff Blues vs ScarletsCardiff Blues vs Scarlets Preview
Newport Gwent D'gons vs OspreysNewport Gwent D
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Amlin Challenge Cup
Friday , April 25
Northampton vs Harlequins20:00
More Amlin Challenge Cup fixtures
Top 14
Friday , April 18
Castres vs MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Preview
Saturday , April 19
Oyonnax vs Toulouse14:55
Perpignan vs Toulon17:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Preview
Biarritz vs Brive18:30
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles20:35
More Top 14 fixtures
Super Rugby
Saturday , April 19
Chiefs vs CrusadersChiefs vs Crusaders Preview
Waratahs vs BullsWaratahs vs Bulls Preview
Sharks vs CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Preview
Stormers vs LionsStormers vs Lions Preview
Friday , April 25
Blues vs Waratahs17:35
Brumbies vs Chiefs17:40
Sharks vs Highlanders19:10
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins 24 - 20 LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Leinster 62 - 7 Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Report
Glasgow 27 - 9 UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 39 - 20 BluesHurricanes vs Blues Report
Melbourne Rebels 22 - 16 Western Force
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Gloucester 17 - 18 BathGloucester vs Bath Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Benetton Treviso 45 - 27 Newport Gwent D'gonsBenetton Treviso vs Newport Gwent D
Scarlets 27 - 20 ZebreScarlets vs Zebre Report
Munster 5 - 22 GlasgowMunster vs Glasgow Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 22 ToulonBordeaux-Begles vs Toulon Report
Toulouse 16 - 9 BriveToulouse vs Brive Report
Grenoble 30 - 36 Montpellier
Perpignan 22 - 12 Oyonnax
Racing Metro Paris 37 - 7 Biarritz
Bayonne 24 - 19 Stade Francais
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 22 - 16 Melbourne RebelsChiefs vs Melbourne Rebels Report
Lions 12 - 25 SharksLions vs Sharks Report
Cheetahs 31 - 52 CrusadersCheetahs vs Crusaders Report
Western Force 28 - 16 WaratahsWestern Force vs Waratahs Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 11
Sale Sharks 12 - 27 HarlequinsSale Sharks vs Harlequins Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Ulster 58 - 12 ConnachtUlster vs Connacht Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens1976
2Northampton1966
3Leicester Tigers2064
4Bath1959
5Harlequins2058