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
Heineken Cup
Saturday , April 26
Saracens vs Clermont Auvergne15:40
Sunday , April 27
Toulon vs Munster15:30
More Heineken Cup fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Saturday , April 26
Glasgow vs Edinburgh19:05
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Amlin Challenge Cup
Friday , April 25
Northampton vs Harlequins20:00
Sunday , April 27
Wasps vs Bath13:00
More Amlin Challenge Cup fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 25
Blues vs Waratahs17:35
Brumbies vs Chiefs17:40
Sharks vs Highlanders19:10
Saturday , April 26
Hurricanes vs Reds19:35
Western Force vs Bulls17:40
Cheetahs vs Stormers17:05
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 20
Northampton 36 - 21 London IrishNorthampton vs London Irish Report
Newcastle 18 - 23 SaracensNewcastle vs Saracens Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Cardiff Blues 17 - 13 ScarletsCardiff Blues vs Scarlets Report
Newport Gwent D'gons 10 - 20 Ospreys
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , April 19
Bath 32 - 20 WorcesterBath vs Worcester Report
Exeter 12 - 55 SaleExeter vs Sale Report
Wasps 38 - 30 GloucesterWasps vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Zebre 26 - 13 EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Report
Connacht 23 - 32 MunsterConnacht vs Munster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Oyonnax 19 - 19 ToulouseOyonnax vs Toulouse Report
Perpignan 31 - 46 ToulonPerpignan vs Toulon Report
Biarritz 19 - 13 Brive
Grenoble 21 - 21 Bayonne
Stade Francais 37 - 23 Bordeaux-Begles
Racing Metro Paris 22 - 6 Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 17 - 18 CrusadersChiefs vs Crusaders Report
Sharks 19 - 8 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
Stormers 18 - 3 LionsStormers vs Lions Report
Waratahs 19 - 12 BullsWaratahs vs Bulls Report
More Super Rugby results
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
Top 14
Castres 22 - 15 MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 39 - 20 BluesHurricanes vs Blues Report
Melbourne Rebels 22 - 16 Western Force
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens2080
2Northampton2071
3Bath2064
4Leicester Tigers2064
5Harlequins2058