Reds book home final

2011-07-02 13:22

Brisbane - Rod Davies and Quade Cooper propelled Queensland Reds into their first-ever Super 15 final after a hugely convincing 30-13 win over the Auckland Blues in Brisbane on Saturday.

The table-topping Reds outscored the Blues four tries to one to set up a showdown in Brisbane on July 9 with either South Africa's Western Stormers or seven times champions Canterbury Crusaders of New Zealand.

Wallaby flyhalf maestro Cooper was again instrumental to the Reds' victory while speedster Davies scored his team's first-ever hat-trick of tries in Super Rugby.

Cooper, expected to star for the Wallabies in this year's World Cup in New Zealand, often bamboozled the Auckland defence with his sleight of hand and his dazzling footwork to put the Reds on the attack, particularly in the opening half.

The Reds led 15-0 after 38 minutes but the three-time Super Rugby champion Blues hit back to get within five points at 15-10 early in the second half before the home side reasserted control with two tries to winger Davies.

Queensland beat the Blues 37-31 in their last encounter, in Brisbane in May, and have lost only once in nine games at home this season.

"The excitement is there and it was certainly there this week but we are not going to go away from what has worked for us all year and we are going to control that emotion to build towards playing the final here next Saturday night," Reds' skipper James Horwill said.

"We knew our conditioning was good for tonight's game and the week off probably proved beneficial and we just had to back our defence in the second half."

Auckland skipper Keven Mealamu conceded that the Reds were the better team.

"We built up some good pressure but let them off the hook with some little mistakes and against a quality side like the Reds in Brisbane it is going to work against you," he said.

"You have to take your hat off to the Reds, they played really well and they were the better side tonight.

"We threw everything we had at them and they came off better than us."

Davies scored against the run of play off an intercept in the 12th minute when he sprinted 70 metres to score and then Cooper produced some attacking magic off a return kick and sent centre Ben Tapuai over in the 30th minute.

A Cooper penalty pushed the Reds to a 15-0 lead but the Blues scored right on halftime when lock Chris Lowrey speared through a big gap.

Luke McAlister nudged Auckland to 15-10 with a penalty goal in the 46th minute but Davies claimed his second try off a Cooper pass and then wrapped up the contest with his third try after a failed chip kick from Jared Payne gave possession to Queensland deep in Auckland territory.

Payne botched Auckland's last chance when he knocked on with the try-line beckoning in the 70th minute and Reds' replacement forward Adam Wallace-Harrison had a try disallowed by the video referee when he lost the ball over the line.

Cooper put the icing on the cake with a drop goal with five minutes left.

15 Jono Lance, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Radike Samo, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Ben Daley

Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 Guy Shepherdson, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Jake Schatz, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Will Chambers

15 Jared Payne, 14 Joe Rokocoko, 13 Benson Stanley, 12 Luke McAlister, 11 Lachie Munro, 10 Stephen Brett, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Peter Saili, 7 Luke Braid, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Ali Williams , 4 Chris Lowrey, 3 John Afoa, 2 Keven Mealamu (captain), 1 Charlie Faumuina

Substitutes: 16 Tom McCartney, 17 Tevita Mailau, 18 James King, 19 Daniel Braid, 20 Chris Smylie, 21 Rene Ranger, 22 Sherwin Stowers


  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-02 13:30

    Stormers se titel drome aan skerwe.

      guilliano - 2011-07-02 13:35

      so says u who supports a team thats not in the semi finals

      RedAlert - 2011-07-02 13:37

      Is that the best you can do guilliano?

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 13:47

      Wat is lekkerder as 'n Bulls wen? Om voor die tyd te weet die Chokers gaan weereens met lee hande opeindig.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-02 13:51

      Bla bla bla ou guilli.

      CrookSaders - 2011-07-02 14:20

      Almost time for Richie McCheat and the Crooksaders to see if they can crook the ref as well as the game of rugby. If the ref can manage to take charge in the first 15minutes, then that would be the end of this mobster outfit road to the final.

  • RedAlert - 2011-07-02 13:31

    The Quade Cooper show!!!!!

      Kangaroo - 2011-07-02 13:58

      Whoo hoo!!!!!

      Frik - 2011-07-03 05:07

      Geluk Red

  • Zion - 2011-07-02 13:35

    One is forced to accept the Reds are an exceptional team. Over the entire series they have been part of they were floating open-mouthed at the bottom of the pond. Thisis appromimately what is happening to theGriquas or leopards in theCurrie Cup series. Usually the Reds were well down the list with the Lions. For a team to come out tops in a series like the Super Fifteen is phenomenal given thatit was a palooka team a year ago takes some doing. Viva Reds

      Makutu - 2011-07-02 14:05

      No contest bru... They are something else!

  • Nico Rette - 2011-07-02 13:38

    Congrats Reds. Hard luck Blues. Too many silly mistakes again, and the Reds were the better team in this game. It was just a bridge too far without Ice, Cooper was brilliant. That's how the emotional rollercoaster goes with being a loyal Blues fan for over 15years. Want to just wish the Stormers good luck for their game today. Hope you guys smash the Saders and destroy the Reds in the final. Blues will be back next year with the entertaining rugby and hopefully we will go all the way.

  • BlueSperm - 2011-07-02 13:39

    Reds Crusader final. Game over.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-02 13:48

      Die papsakke word weer plat gesuig vanaand.

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 13:51

      Yip, 7/11 het nie verniet tissues en Panados as 'n packet deal nie!

      Zion - 2011-07-02 13:59

      Gots bulldozer, n Mens kan op n afstand ruik hoe naar is julle. AS for Stormers wen of verloor gaan ons daai papsakke inside-out suig. So terloops wat het nou eintlik met die magtige bulle geword.losers. Ons sal vir hulle bid.

      Kangaroo - 2011-07-02 14:03

      Ha ha ha ha ha Zion. Ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Naar vir n leëe trofeekas. Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!

      CrookSaders - 2011-07-02 14:24

      Blue Sperm/Bulldozer/Kangaroo = old Ace Ventura/Grinch/Lloyd = Yawn.....

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-02 15:38

      Whatever you say sparkies

      Frik - 2011-07-03 05:09

      @zion duidelik bid jy nie hard genoeg vir jou papsak nie

  • Kangaroo - 2011-07-02 13:40

    Reds vs Crusaders in a dream final.

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 13:45

      Dan is my geld op die Crusaders.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-02 13:47

      Maak nie saak nie, solank die bitterbekke dit nie kry nie.

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 13:49

      En bitter gaan hul wees.

      The Grinch - 2011-07-02 13:58

      Crusaders to lose easily, and the sad and pathetic retarded bulls supporters will try think of some lame excuse. Bulls supporters = clinically retarded

      Kangaroo - 2011-07-02 14:05

      Ha ha ha ou kotskoppie.

      Zion - 2011-07-02 14:35

      Marcell, come (not cum) let us make a pact. Whosoever winneth we upright supporters will never blame the referee, or the streaker, or the weather(come heat, wind, rain or snow.) And if, well actually, when the Stormers have won as they obviously will then we will not rub the kissers of any supporter north of Worcester, into the tarmac. Cool him off with a papsak and call him bru.

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 14:47

      Zion; Daai Marcell van wie jy praat gaan by die naam van gooinat/sport24 en vele meer.

      Chuck Norris - 2011-07-03 12:42

      Humble pie is on special today

  • springbokke - 2011-07-02 13:49

    Well done Reds....Q. Cooper , what a star.

  • Pickle - 2011-07-02 13:53

    Here we go STORMERS! HERE WE GO!!!

      Kangaroo - 2011-07-02 13:58

      Waarnatoe gaan julle? Defnitief nie Brisbane toe nie.

      CrookSaders - 2011-07-02 14:41

      Verskoon tog maar vir Kangaroo... hy is as kleuter deur sy alkoholiese pa seksueel misbruik ..... sy pa was 'n Stormer ondersteuner.

      Kangaroo - 2011-07-02 15:34

      Dis n oulike chirp daai.

      Frik - 2011-07-03 05:11

      maar hy was toe eintlik reg...

  • The Grinch - 2011-07-02 13:56

    The sad and pathetic Bulls supporters. They must be the most stupidest people on earth. All of you can go f#ck yourself, bunch of losers

      Kangaroo - 2011-07-02 14:05

      You call us stupid but then you are the one using the word stupidest.

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 14:07

      Ek moet saam stem. As ek so veragtlike naam soos jy gehad het sal ek ook eerdet 'n ander ou se naam gebruik. Maar dis reg so. Ek weet jy is nie die skerpste lepel in die laai nie.

      The Grinch - 2011-07-02 14:09

      You can spellcheck all you want, doesnt take away that you are rotten to the core. Do you wear blue jeans pants and using your PC computer, you piece of crap. Bulls Suck

      Kangaroo - 2011-07-02 14:11

      Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Marcell!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 14:19

      Kangaroo: Jy moet maar hierdiw ander retard verskoon. Hy het nie die kapasiteit om tussen reg en verkeerd te onderskei nie. As die mense soos hy maar net kan besef wat Tik aan jou doen.

      Andrew - 2011-07-02 14:25

      Marcell I am a Bulls supporter but I can't head my head around it. First I love and support Rugby, then I love and support a team. If my team loses in an international competition my temporary support will shift to the next S.A. team I like that is in the running. For some supporters winning is more important than the game of Rugby. I think that this is a misguided attempt on their part to compensate for grossly underachieving in their personal lives. When young and immature it was "my dad can beat up your dad", now it seems to have moved to "my team can beat up your team". It certainly is not reasonable behaviour. It is said that the most dangerous people are not "those who don't know, but those you don't know that they don't know". Took my wife and two grandkids to Loftus(for the grandkids first taste of live Rugby), where we murdered the Reds end of season . Eventually I had to move my family due to the foul mouthed fellow supporters around me. There was absolutely no respect for the young or ladies, even my grandsons commented on it. At one point they were learning to sing Liefling then by the end of the game were convinced that they did not want to support the bulls and are now Shark supporters. I have never taken my wife to Loftus since, she will not go despite being a Bulls supporter. Today ...... gooooooooo Stormers.

      Mr Green - 2011-07-02 14:29

      C'mon Marcell, no need to lower urself from the level WP has brought us to, be gracious and most importantly- a sportsman.

      Andrew - 2011-07-02 14:36

      @ Kangaroo. Stupidest is an accepted word especially when gramatically used as a superlative, which in this instant it is. Don't agree with the rest of the sentiments as it sounds a bit like "pot calling kettle black".

      cybersniper - 2011-07-02 14:40

      Marcell - you are just the person we could use as a blueprint to build an idiot. I'd like to leave you with one thought though, but I'm not sure you have anywhere to put it!

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 14:42

      Andrew: Ek stem 100% saam met jou. Die taalgebruik in die paviljoene laat baie tewense oor. Dit sal my groot vreugde verskaf as hulle alle drank in 'n 10km radius om die stadion verbied. Dit sal veroorsaak dat soveel meer mense met hul families sal gaan kyk. Dit is nie net 'n probleem by Loftus nie. Ek was al op Nuweland en Absa Stadion waar dit maar net so beroerd is. Gelukkig sit ek en my seun die afgelope 11 jaar op dieselfde plek en ons ken die meeste mense wat om ons sit. Gelukkig het ons nie meer daardie probleem nie.

      CrookSaders - 2011-07-02 14:43

      Marcell and Kangaroo are two gay farts.... oh yes and Frik, and Sperm and .......

      Andrew - 2011-07-02 14:51

      @Marcell. Ek is nou nie self n engel nie maar genoeg is genoeg. Ek het vemoed dat dit probleem algemeen is. Mens kan maar n bietjie uithaak n die ervaring geniet, n paar shots vang en tekere gaan maar ons moet altyd anders in ag neem.

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 15:01

      Ek dink ons wat nie daarvan hou nie moet meer moan daaroor. Hoekom kan die een wat rook en vloek nie oor dieselfde kam geskeer word nie? Wat vir my baie opvallend was so paar weke terug toe die Rebels teen die Stormers gespeel het is dat alhoewel bier in die stadion verkoop en gedrink word terwyl jy kyk, niemand gevloek het of dronk was nie.

      The Grinch - 2011-07-02 15:40

      I use to go to Moftus, but got sick and tired of those drooling idiots. Those guys are stoooopid. Bulls suck

  • guilliano - 2011-07-02 14:01

    ill prob. be the first to comment WHEN the stormers win.. watch this space cowdozer.. next week ill comment again.. RedAlert just hope we dont get any serious injuries going into next week

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 14:04

      Dit was goed om jou te sien want ons gaam jou nou vir 'n langtyd weer nie sien nie.

      guilliano - 2011-07-02 14:07

      marcell hoekom lees jy nog super rugby nuus?? die koeie speel nie meer nie.. is nog stormers.. u better recognise

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 14:11

      Hoekom gee jy kommentaar. Die chokers het nie gewen nie. Cheers!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-02 14:18

      Guilliano is n bitterbek en vanaand gaan dit net erger word.

  • Makutu - 2011-07-02 14:12

    Who in the world will beat this team at home? Gosh!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 14:22

      One that is better away from home? :)

  • Joshua Austin - 2011-07-02 14:18

    COOOOOOOOPPPPPPERRRRRRR!!! Absolute cracker of a game!

      Gambit9 - 2011-07-02 15:13

      Agreed – Cooper was awesome, his kicking game was not that great but for sheer vision and pizzazz he was in a different league. The Reds shut out the Blues on defence and were a constant threat given half a chance. I say this as a Stormer fan that who ever wins semi – final 2 and the winner having to travel east to Brisbane, I don’t see anyone taking the Super 15 cup from the Reds.

  • springbokke - 2011-07-02 14:33

    Re. all the bad mouthing about Bull supporters, Bulls etc....Why?..they are now out of the equasion, so let it be....Oh, come what may....I am a RUGBY supporter. .After 50+ years and still supporting, I say... ..BOKKE.

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 14:52

      Ek vermoed dat dit jaloesie is.

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-02 15:21

    Well played, Reds! Hope you can keep it up when you meet the Stormers in a week's time! Yes, we're gonna skin the Crusaders in the other semi-final; just like you did with the Blues!

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-02 15:28

      I just want to add, for the benefit of all those who write the Stormers off: The Reds were nowhere a season ago; and the Stormers (according to them) were also nowhere a season ago. Makes me wonder why they are glorifying this overseas team from nowhere and playing down the Stormers which is a South African team? Must be sour grapes or something even worse, hopefully deadly!

      Marcell - 2011-07-02 15:51

      Dis nie eindelik ons wat die Stormers afakryf nie. Geskiedenis het dit bewys dat hulle nes die Proteas, chokers is.

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-02 15:55

      Marcel, inderdaad iets dodelik wat jy ingekry het. Gou, sorg dat jy die hospitaal haal voor dit te laat is - omns wi nie jou genialiteit verloor nie!

  • Maori - 2011-07-02 21:20

    Well done Reds! Crusaders will take revenge next week. See you in Brisbane

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