Planet Rugby

Reds start tour with a bang

26th March 2010 17:04

Share:

Quade Cooper mixed bag

Quade Cooper: A mixed bag

The Reds' tour of South Africa got off to a winning start on Friday with a resounding 31-10 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

The Reds made hard work of the first half, not helped by an idiotic trip by Quade Cooper which left them a man short and which saw Ashley Johnson storm through the fly-half channel in his absence for the Cheetahs' only try.

But helped by a commanding performance from Will Genia and some super defence, the visitors took control in the second half to rack up 20 unanswered points for the win.

Meyer Bosman opened the scoring early with a penalty, but it was Genia who scored the first try, sniping over from the back of a ruck into the corner. Cooper, who had missed a long-range penalty, also dragged his conversion to the left.

Cooper's indiscretion took the sting out of the Reds' attacks, which had been running well under the fly-half's direction and the bustling breaks of Digby Ioane and Anthony Faingaa up the middle. Bjorn Basson had been the main threat for the home side, but the Cheetahs found it hard to work him into enough space.

Then came Cooper's moment of madness. Although Genia knocked over a penalty in his absence, the Cheetahs enjoyed their best spell, culminating in Ashley Johnson's charge off the back of a scrum over the line. Bosman gave the Cheetahs the lead with the extras.

Cooper came back on and redeemed himself from the tee on the stroke of half-time to give his side a one-point lead going into the changing rooms, then extended that lead moments after the break with another penalty.

The crucial moment came on 46 minutes, when Saia Faingaa stole a ball and, helped by three forwards, broke 50 metres down the right. Eventually the Reds won a penalty in front of the posts and Peter Hynes tapped and went over.

The Cheetahs turned down several shots at goal in search of a comeback try but were repelled several times, twice held up and twice turning ball over on the line.

From an excellent kick to the corner by Cooper, the Reds enjoyed better field position. Higginbotham was held up over the line but back came the play for Cooper to land his third penalty of the night.

A cruel blow came moments later, as Ashley Johnson gave away ball at his own scrum near the line and from the next play, Anthony Faingaa switched with Genia for the third try and the final nail in the Cheetahs' coffin.

Man of the match: Will Genia. Mature at scrum-half way beyond his years.

The scorers:

For the Cheetahs:
Try: Johnson
Con: Olivier
Pen: Bosman

For the Reds:
Tries: Genia, Hynes, A.Faingaa
Cons: Cooper 2
Pens: Genia, Cooper 3

Cheetahs: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Danwel Demas, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Jongi Nokwe, 10 Naas Olivier, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Juan Smith (c), 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Nico Breedt, 3 WP Nel, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Wian du Preez.
Replacements: 16 Skipper Badenhorst, 17 Coenie Oosthuizen, 18 Barend Pieterse, 19 Kabamba Floors, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Corné Uys, 22 Wilmaure Louw.

Reds: 15 Peter Hynes, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Digby Ioane, 12 Anthony Faingaa, 11 Brando Va'aulu, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (c), 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Jake Schatz, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Van Humphries, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Sean Hardman, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Adam Byrnes, 19 Ezra Taylor, 20 Ben Lucas, 21 Will Chambers, 22 Rod Davies.

Referee: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester vs Exeter19:45
Saturday , September 20
Sale vs London Welsh14:00
London Irish vs Saracens15:00
Harlequins vs Wasps15:00
Bath vs Leicester15:15
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle vs Northampton14:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 19
Munster vs Zebre19:30
Cardiff Blues vs Ulster19:35
Connacht vs Leinster19:35
Saturday , September 20
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Glasgow14:40
Scarlets vs Benetton Treviso18:00
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys vs Edinburgh16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Friday , September 19
Brive vs ToulonBrive vs Toulon Preview
Saturday , September 20
Racing Metro Paris vs Toulouse18:00
La Rochelle vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Clermont Auvergne vs Lyon18:00
Castres vs Oyonnax18:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:00
Montpellier vs Stade Francais18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 19
Lions vs PumasLions vs Pumas Preview
Saturday , September 20
Western Province vs Griquas15:00
Blue Bulls vs Sharks17:05
Eastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs19:10
More Currie Cup fixtures
ITM Cup
Thursday , September 18
Northland vs TaranakiNorthland vs Taranaki Preview
Friday , September 19
Counties Manukau vs CanterburyCounties Manukau vs Canterbury Preview
More ITM Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
ITM Cup
Wednesday, September 17
Southland 14 - 38 TasmanSouthland vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 14
Wasps 20 - 16 NorthamptonWasps vs Northampton Report
Newcastle 18 - 20 London IrishNewcastle vs London Irish Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Cardiff Blues 12 - 33 GlasgowCardiff Blues vs Glasgow Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Bordeaux-Begles 27 - 21 MontpellierBordeaux-Begles vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
ITM Cup
Waikato 26 - 21 Counties ManukauWaikato vs Counties Manukau Report
Hawkes Bay 41 - 0 Otago
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 13
Gloucester 34 - 27 Sale SharksGloucester vs Sale Sharks Report
Bath 53 - 26 London WelshBath vs London Welsh Report
Exeter 20 - 24 LeicesterExeter vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Rugby Championship
New Zealand 14 - 10 South AfricaNew Zealand vs South Africa Report
Australia 32 - 25 ArgentinaAustralia vs Argentina Report
More Rugby Championship results
Guinness PRO12
Leinster 42 - 12 ScarletsLeinster vs Scarlets Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Toulouse 9 - 13 Clermont AuvergneToulouse vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Bayonne 23 - 6 Brive
Oyonnax 40 - 27 Grenoble
Racing Metro Paris 28 - 11 LyonRacing Metro Paris vs Lyon Report
Toulon 24 - 28 Stade FrancaisToulon vs Stade Francais Report
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Griquas 31 - 27 PumasGriquas vs Pumas Report
Lions 35 - 33 Western ProvinceLions vs Western Province Report
Cheetahs 30 - 30 SharksCheetahs vs Sharks Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Bay Of Plenty 12 - 27 AucklandBay Of Plenty vs Auckland Report
Southland 36 - 34 Northland
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 12
Harlequins 0 - 39 SaracensHarlequins vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Benetton Treviso 10 - 21 MunsterBenetton Treviso vs Munster Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens29
2Bath29
3Leicester Tigers29
4Exeter26
5Northampton26