Planet Rugby

Reds romp past Rebels

18th March 2011 08:01

Share:

Anthony Faingaa Reds celebration 2011

Rampant: Anthony Fainga'a and Ben Daley both touched down

The Reds cruised to a convincing 53-3 bonus-point Super Rugby win over the Melbourne Rebels in Brisbane on Friday.

The hosts hammered the competition new boys by seven tries to none with the Reds loose forwards particularly prominent in a dominant display.

The Reds snatched the chances handed to them, racing to a 25-3 lead by half-time as they scored three unanswered tries.

With their visitors forced to throw caution to the wind, the Reds were able to exploit the space given to them and scored four more tries in the second period including a brace for replacement Mike Harris.

The Rebels didn't do themselves any favours, wasting a number of opportunities in the first half including one shocker by Greg Somerville that will go down as the fumble of the year.

Rebels coach Rod Macqueen will not be impressed with his side's missed tackled count either as they simply fell apart once the Reds had opened up a gap on the half-hour mark.

All credit to the Reds though who, after a sluggish start to the season, hits their straps in emphatic fashion.

The visitors opened the scoring early on when Danny Cipriani slotted a penalty but they wouldn't trouble the scorers again.

Anthony Fainga'a was first to cross the whitewash after just eight minutes after a long pass out wide by Quade Cooper and a powerful run by Scott Higginbotham.

Lock Adam Wallace-Harrison extended the lead with his first Super Rugby try when he somehow manage to get the ball down in pile of bodies.

The Rebels were still in the game but when Somerville dropped the ball while going over, despite being under no pressure, the writing was on the wall.

Higginbotham touched down just before the break after his back-row partner Leroy Houston took out three defenders to give the Reds a 22-point lead.

It was one way traffic in the second half with prop Ben Daley first to score when he barged his way over from short range.

Harris made a cameo appearance in the final quarter, scoring two tries and setting up another to fellow replacement Luke Morahan with some scintillating running and added a conversion to cap off an impressive display.

The scorers:

For the Reds:
Tries: A. Fainga'a, Wallace-Harrison, Higginbotham, Daley, Harris 2, Morahan
Cons: Cooper 5, Harris
Pens: Cooper 2

For the Rebels:
Pen: Cipriani

Reds: 15 Ben Lucas, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (capt), 8 Leroy Houston, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 James Slipper, 2 Saia Fainga'a, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Greg Holmes, 18 Radike Samo, 19 Ed Quirk, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Luke Morahan.

Melbourne Rebels: 15 Julian Huxley, 14 Afusipa Taumoepeau, 13 Lachlan Mitchell, 12 Stirling Mortlock (capt), 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve, 7 Tom Chamberlain, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Adam Byrnes, 4 Alister Campbell, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Laurie Weeks, 18 Hugh Pyle, 19 Tim Davidson, 20 Richard Kingi, 21 Peter Betham, 22 Luke Rooney.

Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Stuart Dickinson (Australia)
Assistant referee: Ian Smith (Australia), Simon Moore (Australia)
Television match official: Steve Lesczcynski (Australia)

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 26
London Welsh vs Gloucester19:45
Saturday , September 27
Saracens vs Sale15:00
Leicester vs London Irish15:00
Northampton vs Bath15:15
Sunday , September 28
Exeter vs Harlequins14:00
Wasps vs Newcastle14:00
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
Rugby Championship
Saturday , September 27
South Africa vs Australia16:05
Argentina vs New Zealand23:10
More Rugby Championship fixtures
Guinness PRO12
Friday , September 26
Edinburgh vs Scarlets19:35
Leinster vs Cardiff Blues19:35
Glasgow vs Connacht19:35
Saturday , September 27
Zebre vs Ulster15:00
Munster vs Ospreys18:30
Sunday , September 28
Newport Gwent D'gons vs Benetton Treviso16:00
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , September 27
Toulon vs Montpellier18:00
Stade Francais vs La Rochelle18:00
Bayonne vs Toulouse18:00
Brive vs Bordeaux-Begles18:00
Oyonnax vs Clermont Auvergne18:00
Lyon vs Castres18:00
Grenoble vs Racing Metro Paris18:00
More Top 14 fixtures
Currie Cup
Friday , September 26
Cheetahs vs Blue Bulls19:10
Pumas vs Western Province19:00
Saturday , September 27
Sharks vs Eastern Province Kings14:00
Griquas vs Lions15:00
More Currie Cup fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , September 21
Newcastle 10 - 35 NorthamptonNewcastle vs Northampton Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Ospreys 62 - 13 EdinburghOspreys vs Edinburgh Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
ITM Cup
Otago 38 - 7 WaikatoOtago vs Waikato Report
Wellington 20 - 42 TasmanWellington vs Tasman Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , September 20
Sale 46 - 8 London WelshSale vs London Welsh Report
Harlequins 26 - 23 WaspsHarlequins vs Wasps Report
London Irish 32 - 36 SaracensLondon Irish vs Saracens Report
Bath 45 - 0 LeicesterBath vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Newport Gwent D'gons 13 - 33 GlasgowNewport Gwent D
Scarlets 43 - 0 Benetton TrevisoScarlets vs Benetton Treviso Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Top 14
Racing Metro Paris 27 - 16 ToulouseRacing Metro Paris vs Toulouse Report
Grenoble 24 - 15 Bayonne
Montpellier 23 - 3 Stade FrancaisMontpellier vs Stade Francais Report
La Rochelle 26 - 29 Bordeaux-Begles
Clermont Auvergne 43 - 12 LyonClermont Auvergne vs Lyon Report
Castres 27 - 18 Oyonnax
More Top 14 results
Currie Cup
Western Province 36 - 12 GriquasWestern Province vs Griquas Report
Blue Bulls 15 - 26 SharksBlue Bulls vs Sharks Report
Eastern Province Kings 22 - 37 CheetahsEastern Province Kings vs Cheetahs Report
More Currie Cup results
ITM Cup
Hawkes Bay 36 - 17 Bay Of Plenty
Manawatu 36 - 17 Southland
Auckland 32 - 7 North HarbourAuckland vs North Harbour Report
More ITM Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , September 19
Gloucester 22 - 25 ExeterGloucester vs Exeter Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Guinness PRO12
Munster 31 - 5 ZebreMunster vs Zebre Report
Cardiff Blues 9 - 26 UlsterCardiff Blues vs Ulster Report
More Guinness PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Bath314
2Saracens313
3Northampton311
4Exeter310
5Leicester Tigers39