Brisbane - The Reds have scored a try after the full-time siren to pinch a 38-31 Super
Rugby win over the Highlanders in Brisbane on Friday.
Highlanders had levelled the scores at 31-31 with a try by Japanese
international Fumiaki Tanaka in the final minute of normal time.
the Reds regrouped and scored the clinching try through number eight
Jake Schatz, following 18 phases, two and a half minutes after the
It was a see-sawing match of nine tries, with the Reds
leading 21-0 at halftime only for the Highlanders to fight their way
back to draw level, crowned by Reds' clinching try.
It was a
fitting victory for Wallabies scrum-half Will Genia, who was playing in
his 100th match for the Reds and was at the heart of most of their
Genia provided the kicks which led to tries to Rod
Davies and Dom Shipperley in the first half and gave the final pass for
Schatz's second and winning try after the siren.
Genia was given the final kick to convert Schatz's try.
The win ended the Reds' six-match losing run in Super Rugby and lifted them off the bottom of the standings.
Highlanders got two points out of the defeat, a losing bonus point and
for scoring four tries to move above Western Force in the top six
The Reds played some of their best rugby in a troubled
season with three converted tries in the opening 34 minutes through
Curtis Browning, Davies and Shipperley with Mike Harris deadly accurate
with the conversions.
But the Highlanders hit back in the second half with
tries by Lima Sopoaga, Richard Buckman and Patrick Osborne with Schatz
scoring his first try off a Reds pushover scrum.
scrum-half Tanaka looked to have rescued a draw for the Highlanders when
he dived over a ruck for a converted try only to set up the Reds'
last-gasp winning try.
"It's good to win again, it's been a while," Reds skipper James Horwill said.
"We made it hard for ourselves in the second half but found a way to win in the end."Scorers:Reds:
38 - Tries:
Curtis Browning, Rod Davies, Dom Shipperley, Jake Schatz; Conversions:
Mike Harris (4), Will Genia; Penalty:
31 - Tries:
Lima Sopoaga, Richard Buckman, Patrick Osborne, Fumiaki Tanaka; Conversions:
Sopoaga (2), Hayden Parker (2); Penalty:
15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Rod Davies, 10 Ben Lucas, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Curtis Browning, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper
Substitutes: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Sef Faagase, 19 Dave McDuling, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Jamie-Jerry TaulagiHighlanders:
15 Ben Smith, 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Patrick Osborne, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Shane Christie, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Kane Hames
Substitutes: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Matias Diaz, 18 Chris King, 19 Tom Franklin, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Hayden Parker, 23 Phil Burleigh