ST.GEORGE QUEENSLAND REDS WIN SEASON OPENER AGAINST SHARKS
The St.George Queensland Reds have got their season off to a winning start with a 28-26 win over the Sharks in their first outing of the 2017 Vodafone Super Rugby season at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.The Reds outscored the Sharks four tries to two in a gruelling encounter where the Sharks lead until the 73rd minute.
A second-half double to Samu Kerevi saw the Reds come from behind before James Tuttle sealed the victory scoring a try with his second touch of the ball.
Reds head coach Nick Stiles noted his side’s determination to stay in the match in front of 15,015 fans at Suncorp Stadium.
“In terms of combinations, this side has come together in the past few weeks, so it was pleasing to think we had the character and the courage to stick at it and come through playing some good Rugby. It’s a good lesson for us to learn, it’s round one and we fought hard and got a win." - Nick Stiles
St.George Queensland Reds v Sharks - 28-26
FULL TIME STATS
- 44 min | Lambie opens the scoring for the second half with a penalty, extending the Sharks lead to 19-13.
- 46 min | SUB: Sef Fa'agase comes on for Sam Talakai at tight head prop.
- 49 min | The Reds opt for a scrum from a penalty inside the 22m and are rewarded with a try through Samu Kerevi. Cooper misses the conversion, Reds trail 19-18.
- 52 min | Andrew Ready comes on for Moore at hooker.
- 56 min | Yellow card dealt to Kane Douglas, Reds reduced to 14 men.
- 60 min | Try for the Sharks through Mtembu, Lambie slots the conversion. Sharks take a 26-18 lead.
- 61 min | SUB: Izack Rodda comes on for Rob Simmons to make his Queensland and Super Rugby debut.
- 63 min | TRY! Kerevi secures his second of the night, Cooper misses the conversion, score is 26-23 to the Sharks.
- 66 min | SUB: Hendrik Tui comes on for Smith in the backrow.
- 67 min | Kane Douglas returns from the sin-bin.
- 70 min | Cooper misses a penalty attempt, score remains 26-23.
- 70 min | SUB: James Tuttle on for Nick Frisby at scrumhalf.
- 71 min | TRY! Tuttle is over! Reds take a 28-26 lead kick to come.
- 72 min | Tuttles misses the conversion of his own try, score remains 28-26.
- 76 min | Karmichael Hunt dealt a Yellow-Card Reds reduced to 14-men for the remainder of the match.
- 77 min | Lambie's penalty attempt pushes wide of the posts, score remains 28-26.
- 77 min | SUB: Jake McIntyre on for Quade Cooper.
- FULL TIME | Reds secure a 28-26 win over the Sharks to kick off season 2017!
- 1 min | Jean-Luc du Preez crosses for the Sharks. Pat Lambie converts, Sharks take an early 7-nil lead.
- 6 min | Quade Cooper slots a penalty for the Reds' first points of the night. 7-3, Sharks lead.
- 15 min | Pat Lambie slots a penalty for the Sharks, 10-3.
- 22 min | Quade Cooper slots a penalty to narrow the margin to 10-6, Sharks hold a narrow lead.
- 26 min | Pat Lambie slots a penalty from over 40m out. Score now 13-6 to the Sharks.
- 32 min | TRY! Scott Higginbotham dives over from the back of a ruck, Cooper converts, score now level 13-all.
- 40 min | Reds penalised at the maul, Pat Lambie slots the kick, Sharks take a 16-13 lead.
- HALF-TIME | Sharks lead 16-13.
ST.GEORGE QUEENSLAND REDS
1. James Slipper (C)
2. Stephen Moore
3. Sam Talakai
4. Rob Simmons
5. Kane Douglas
6. Adam Korczyk
7. George Smith
8. Scott Higginbotham
9. Nick Frisby
10. Quade Cooper
11. Eto Nabuli
12. Duncan Paia'aua
13. Samu Kerevi
14. Chris Kuridrani
15. Karmichael Hunt
16. Andrew Ready
17. Markus Vanzati
18. Sef Fa'agase
19. Izack Rodda
20. Hendrik Tui
21. James Tuttle
22. Jake McIntrye
23. Izaia Perese
1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Franco Marais
3. Coenie Oosthuizen
4. Etienne Oosthuizen
5. Ruan Botha
6. Philip van der Walt
7. Jean- Luc du Preez
8. Lubabalo Mtembu ( V/C )
9. Cobus Reinach
10. Patrick Lambie ( C )
11. Lwazi Mvovo
12. Andre Esterhuizen
13. Lukhanyo Am
14. Kobus van Wyk
15. Curwin Bosch
16. Chiliboy Ralepelle
17. Thomas du Toit
18. Lourens Adriaanse
19. Stephan Lewies
20. Jacques Vermeulen
21. Michael Claassens
22. Jeremy Ward
23. Clement Poitrenaud
“We’ve all had this date circled in our calendars for a long time and the players and staff have worked incredibly hard to get to this point in the best possible position." - Nick Stiles
ROUND 1: DETAILS
- St.George Queensland Reds v Sharks
- Friday 24 February
- Kick-Off: 7:00pm, Gates Open: 5:00pm
- Get in early to avoid long queue lines
- Junior Club Training under the big lights from 5:15 - 6:00pm
- Children tickets start from $16
- Adults from $31
- Reds merchandise will be available for purchase
- FREE Public Transport with all tickets purchased
- Member Only benefits, including access to exclusive bars