Reds 32 def. Rebels 13 BALLYMORE STADIUM | FEBRUARY 14, 2017 | kICK OFF 6:30PM

PRE-SEASON MATCH

St.George Queensland Reds vs. Melbourne Rebels

The St.George Queensland Reds have earned a 32-13 win over the Melbourne Rebels in their final pre-season outing ahead of the 2017 Super Rugby season. The Reds outscored the Rebels four tries to one in the Tuesday night fixture at Ballymore Stadium, 10 days out from their first Super Rugby match.

The match was the first chance for Reds fans to see Stephen Moore, Quade Cooper and Scott Higginbotham back in Queensland colours and the home side didn’t disappoint, with a powerful defensive display setting up the win.

"I haven’t seen a Reds side defend like that for years. I was really pleased with the repeat efforts and the fact we were imposing ourselves physically. That was the most pleasing thing for me." - Nick Stiles
St.George Queensland Reds take to the field, lead by Captain James Slipper. Credit: Sportography
15 minutes in and the Rebels are penalised for leaving their feet. Cooper is successful at his first shot of goal. The Reds trail 7-3.
The Reds score their first try four minutes after a penalty went against them for offside. Hunt broke the line and offloaded to Simmons who went over to score. Cooper is successful with his conversion to tie up the results 10-10.
In the 28th minute the Rebels are penalised for not rolling away. Reds opt for a shot at goal and once again Cooper is successful. Reds lead 13-10.
The Reds respond with a try after a penalty goal from the Rebels was successful. A quick tap from Frisby allowed Nabuli to go over and a successful conversion meant the Reds lead 20-13 at half time.

HALF TIME

REDS 20 - REBELS 13

Second half underway and after 11 minutes the Reds kick to touch and set up an attacking lineout 40m out.
Kuridrani bags the Reds' third try after a great counter attack from the home side. Conversion unsuccessful and the Reds lead 25-13.
Higginbotham goes over for the Reds' fourth try in the 70th minute. McIntyre adds the extra three points to make the score 32-13.
Full time sounds and the Reds claim a 32-13 win in front of a home crowd of 1,700 at Ballymore Stadium.

FULL TIME

REDS 32 - REBELS 13

Fan photo gallery. Credit: Sportography and QRU Photographers

2017 ST.GEORGE QUEENSLAND REDS

FIRST XV

1. James Slipper (C)

2. Stephen Moore

3. Sam Talakai

4. Rob Simmons

5. Kane Douglas

6. Hendrik Tui

7. Adam Korczyk

8. Leroy Houston

9. Nick Frisby

10. Quade Cooper

11. Eto Nabuli

12. Duncan Paia'aua

13. Samu Kerevi

14. Izaia Perese

15. Karmichael Hunt

RESERVES

16. Markus Vanzati

17. Andrew Ready

18. Sef Fa'agase

19. Lukhan Tui

20. Michael Gunn

21. James Tuttle

22. Jake McIntyre

23. Chris Kuridrani

24. Izack Rodda

26. Scott Higginbotham

27. Henry Taefu

13. Tyrone Lefau

14. Lachlan Maranta

15. Jayden Ngamanu

“It was a trial, but we didn’t treat it like it was a practice match. The guys have been training so hard and they had a genuine desire to come out here, play well and earn a win in front of our fans." - Nick Stiles

MELBOURNE REBELS

FIRST XV

1. Toby Smith

2. James Hanson

3. Laurie Weeks

4. Culum Retallick

5. Steve Cummins

6. Jordy Reid

7. Colby Fainga’a

8. Lopeti Timani

9. Nic Stirzaker

10. Jackson Garden-Bachop

11. Jonah Placid

12. Reece Hodge

13. Tom English

14. Sefa Naivalu

15. Jack Maddocks

RESERVES

16. Jordan Uelese

17. Cruze Ah-Nau

18. Tyrel Lomax

19. Murray Douglas

20. Amanaki Mafi

21. Ben Meehan

22. Sione Tuipulotu

23. Jack Debreczeni

24. Jake Schatz

25. Dennis Pili-Gaitau

26. Ben Volavola

“It’s a good start, but the real deal gets underway next week when we take on the Sharks at our home ground." - Nick Stiles
Celebration after Chris Kuridrani goes over. Credit: Sportography

Round 1 - Reds v Sharks

The season begins with a Friday night blockbuster, when the St.George Queensland Reds host the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium. No doubt both teams will be looking to kick start the Super Rugby season with a win and what a better way than to do it in front of our home crowd.

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