Reds 29 - Blues 34 APIA, SAMOA | FRI 2 June, 2017 | KICK-OFF: 5:35PM AEST

ROUND 15 - AWAY

St.George Queensland Reds lose to Blues 34-29

The St.George Queensland Reds have lost 34-29 to the Blues in Round 15 of Vodafone Super Rugby at Apia Park, Samoa.

In humid, slippery conditions both teams struggled to hold onto the ball but still managed to combine for nine tries with the Blues outscoring the Reds five tries to four.

A slow start by the Reds saw the Blues get out to an early 12-0 lead in the first-ever Super Rugby fixture played in Samoa. The Reds clawed their way back and hit the lead in the 53rd minute before the match began to see saw with both sides trading second-half tries.

Stephen Perofeta’s try in the 75th was the decisive blow that saw the Blues snatch back the lead and then hold off the Reds final attack.

“Disappointed with the loss, of course, but really thrilled with some of our young guys, we made some changes in the squad for this game and our young tight five really led us around the field tonight. The performances of Taniela Tupou, Andrew Ready, Lukhan Tui and Izack Rodda were really impressive. I think we’ve got some really good footballers there that are keen and hungry and are going to drive this club forward. Tonight’s match was a special occasion. We’ve been embraced by the Samoan people this week and their support has been incredible. The team was honoured to take part in the match and you could see on their faces how gutted they were to lose this one.” - Head coach Nick stiles

LIVE BLOG - First Half

3min | Ranger crosses for the first try of the game, Blues lead 5-nil, kick to come.

4min | Conversion is good, score now 7-nil.

7min | Try for the Blues through Ioane, score now 12-nil, kick to come.

9min | Conversion is missed, score remains 12-nil.

11min | Penalty for the Reds, Francis pinged for not rolling away at the ruck. SUB: Kerevi off, McIntyre on.

13min | Higginbotham is held up over the line, 5m scrum.

15min | TRY! Tupou is over for the Reds first try, 12-5, kick to come.

16min | Cooper misses the conversion attempt, score remains 12-5.

29 | Try for the Blues through Pryor, conversion is missed, score now 17-5.

33min | TRY! Ready is over for the Reds second try of the night, score now 17-10, kick to come.

34min | Cooper slots the conversion, score now 17-12.

39min | Penalty for the Blues, Francis slots the kick, score now 20-12.

LIVE BLOG - Second Half

42min | SUB: Lukhan Tui off, Kane Douglas on.

46min | Cooper slots a penalty, score now 20-15.

52min | Higginbotham dives over but is held up, 5m scrum.

53min | TRY! Korczyk is over! Score now 20-all, kick to come.

53min | Cooper slots the conversion to edge Queensland ahead 22-20.

62min | Try for the Blues through Cowley-Tuioti, conv is good, Blues now back in the lead 27-22.

64min | TRY! Tupou is over again! Score now level at 27-all, kick to come.

64min | Cooper slots the conversion from the sideline, score now 29-27.

67min | Possible try for the Blues, TMO to decide.

67min | No try, 22m drop-out.

74min | Perofeta crosses for Blues, score now 32-29, kick to come.

74min | Perofeta converts his own try, score now 34-29.

FT in Apia, Blues 34 Reds 29.

ST.GEORGE QUEENSLAND REDS

STARTING XV

1. Sef Fa’agase – University of Queensland (Samoan heritage)

2. Andrew Ready – Easts

3. Taniela Tupou – Brothers

4. Izack Rodda – Easts

5. Lukhan Tui – Souths (Samoan heritage)

6. Hendrik Tui – Norths (Samoan heritage)

7. George Smith – Brothers

8. Scott Higginbotham - Wests

9. James Tuttle – GPS

10. Quade Cooper – Souths

11. Eto Nabuli – GPS

12. Duncan Paia’aua – Norths (Samoan heritage)

13. Samu Kerevi (C) – Souths

14. Chris Kuridrani – GPS

15. Karmichael Hunt – Norths (Samoan heritage)

RESERVES

16. Alex Mafi – Bond University

17. Kirwan Sanday – Easts

18. Sam Talakai – Brothers

19. Kane Douglas – Norths

20. Adam Korczyk – University of Queensland

21. Caleb Timu – Souths (Samoan heritage/potential debut)

22. Nick Frisby - GPS

23. Jake McIntyre – Sunnybank

THE BLUES

1. Alex Hodgman

2. James Parsons (C)

3. Sione Mafileo

4. Patrick Tuipulotu

5. Gerard Cowley-Tuioti

6 Jimmy Tupou

7.Kara Pryor

8. Steven Luatua

9. Sam Nock

10. Piers Francis

11. Rieko Ioane

12. TJ Faiane

13. Rene Ranger

14. Declan O’Donnell

15. Melani Nanai

Reserves

16. Hame Faiva

17. Sam Prattley

18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi

19. Akira Ioane

20. Murphy Taramai

21. Billy Guyton

22. Stephen Perofeta

23. Jordan Trainor

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