FULL-TIME: REDS 29-28 BLUES. The Reds have edged it at the death with Higginbotham's double in his last home game for the Reds proving vital. The Blues' slim playoff hopes have been dashed with that.
CONVERSION, REDS, HEGARTY! 29-28: Hegarty slots the conversion over and the Reds are back in front heading into the dying minutes of the game. We're back up to 15 men apiece.
TRY, REDS, HIGGINBOTHAM! 27-28: After a patient build-up, the Reds work the ball to Higginbotham, who goes over for his second try of the game! A crucial kick from Hegarty is coming up.
With the Blues still down to 14 men for one more minute, the Reds charge upfield and put the pressure on the visitors. This will likely be the last chance before it's 15 apiece again.
The Blues work the ball through the phases patiently, but then Paenga-Amosa wins the turnover for the Reds and they get the penalty at the breakdown.
The Blues do incredibly well to soak up the pressure and win the turnover, with Ruru getting hold of it. Nonu is tackled on the ground and the visitors win the penalty, putting the ball into touch and running down the clock.
The Reds get the advantage for a tackle off the ball. They put ball to boot, kicking into the in-goal area, but Tele'a gets to the ball first. We go back to the penalty and the hosts kick to the corner, winning their lineout.
YELLOW CARD, BLUES, PAPALII! 22-28: Papalii is penalised for going off his feet at the ruck and Pickerill gives him a yellow card. This could be a crucial moment as the Reds ramp up the pressure.
The Blues do well to win the scrum penalty and set up the lineout just inside their half. It's a scrappy lineout, but the Reds hold onto the ball and win another penalty.
The Blues carve the Reds defence open through the middle again. Nanai offloads beautifully to Tele'a. The Blues keep going, but eventually Nonu spills a pass forward.
TRY DISALLOWED! Campbell collects a kick and Gibson is onto him in a flash, winning the turnover and giving the ball to Pulu, who bursts through. He's tackled as he crosses the try-line. On-field decision is a try, but is that a double-movement? After consultation with the TMO, Pickerill denies the try! That would have been a hat-trick from Pulu, but Daugunu saved the day with his last-ditch tackle!
The unforced errors are creeping into the Reds' game again. Another chance goes to waste with Kerevi putting the ball out on the full from just inside the Blues' half.
The Blues win a penalty deep inside their half and run it out, but Kerevi wins the turnover just as they reach Reds territory. However, their hard work is undone as the kick from Malolua goes out on the full.
CONVERSION, BLUES, BLACK! 22-28: Black slots the simple conversion over.
TRY, BLUES, PULU! 22-26: The Blues chip away at the Reds defence off the back of a penalty, picking and driving to work their way close to the try-line. Pulu finishes the job under the posts!
CONVERSION, REDS, HEGARTY! 22-21: Hegarty adds the extras off the kicking tee with a good kick from out wide.
TRY, REDS, HEGARTY! 20-21: Great start to the half from the Reds as they run at the Blues and McGahan sets his fullback up for the finish out wide on the left. It was a good supporting run from Hegarty to create that opportunity for himself.
HALF-TIME: REDS 15-21 BLUES. The Blues go into the break with a narrow advantage. They were in cruise control until the later stages of that half, but the Reds have fought their way back into the contest.
The second half is underway in Brisbane with the Blues looking to hold onto a lead which looked under threat in the closing minutes of the first 40 minutes.
PENALTY, REDS, HEGARTY! 15-21: The Reds earn themselves a shot at goal right in front of the posts and Hegarty makes no mistake.
The Reds are starting to find their feet as half-time nears. They win a penalty from a scrum near halfway and set up the lineout on the edge of the 22.
CONVERSION, REDS, HEGARTY! 12-21: No mistake from Hegarty this time. That's a better strike from the left and the Reds add the extras.
TRY, REDS, TUPOU! 10-21: The Reds bide their time once again with the build-up, but the patience pays off as Tupou powers over. No doubt about this one — that''s definitely a try!
The Reds build up patiently and win the penalty for offside. They put the ball in the corner and will likely go for the driving maul here.
The Blues are threatening to run away with this game, but the Reds have an opportunity now having set up the lineout inside the visitors' 22.
CONVERSION, BLUES, BLACK! 5-21: Black adds the extras from right under the posts.
TRY, BLUES, PULU! 5-19: The Blues hit straight back with some lovely passing setting up the try. Nonu's clever inside pass allows Pulu to finish!
Hegarty fails to convert from out wide on the right and the score stays 5-14.
TRY, REDS, HIGGINBOTHAM! 5-14: Kerevi blasts through a number of attempted tackles and offloads to Campbell, who sets Higginbotham up with a lovely flick-pass. The no.8 becomes the first Super Rugby forward to score 40 tries in his last home game for the Reds!
CONVERSION, BLUES, BLACK! 0-14: Black adds the extras for the Blues yet again.
TRY, BLUES, TELE'A! 0-12: The Blues build-up again and a couple of brilliant offloads set Tele'a up for the finish! Akira Ioane's pass was the one to start that and he deserves a lot of credit.
Let-off for the Reds, as Black is given the chance to set up a five-metre lineout but puts the ball into touch in-goal.
The Reds are making lots of silly errors early on. After the Blues get out of trouble from the initial scrum, Tupou is penalised at another and Black sets up the attacking lineout for the visitors on the edge of the Reds' 22.
The Blues earn themselves a big turnover and the put-in at the scrum five metres out. This is a chance for the visitors to escape.
The Reds go on the attack and win the advantage. Like the Blues before them, they keep the build-up going. Tupou looks to go over in the corner. On-field decision is no try, but Brendon Pickerill goes upstairs. Indeed, he's in touch, so we go back for the penalty against Akira Ioane.
Samu Kerevi strays offside and the Blues set up the lineout inside Reds territory, but the hosts turn it over at the front. Good work from the Australian side.
CONVERSION, BLUES, BLACK! 0-7: Black makes no mistake from the conversion, extending the lead to seven points.
TRY, BLUES, GIBSON! 0-5: The Blues win the turnover inside Reds territory and win the advantage for offside from Tupou. They continue working the ball through the phases and Gibson forces his way over for the try!
New Zealand referee Brendon Pickerill blows his whistle and the Reds kick off. The match starts with an exchange of kicks between the two sides.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Reds and the Blues at the Suncorp Stadium. Two struggling sides go head to head and it should be an interesting match.
Reds: 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi (captain), 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 Matt McGahan, 9 Scott Malolua, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 JP Smith. Substitutes: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Gav Luka, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Hamish Stewart
Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 TJ Faiane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Tanielu Tele’a, 10 Otere Black, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson (captain), 6 Dalton Papalii, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 James Parsons, 1 Alex Hodgman. Substitutes: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Marcel Renata, 18 Lua Li, 19 Tom Robinson, 20 Josh Goodhue, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Levi Aumua
Scott Malolua gets his first Super Rugby start for the Reds due to Tate McDermott's injury. Izack Rodda and Alex Mafi come back into their side, while the Blues will have to make do without Rieko Ioane and Patrick Tuipulotu (rested), as well as Sonny Bill Williams and Caleb Clarke (recovering from injury).
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