RD1 Reds 28 def Sharks 26 SUNCORP STADIUM | FEBRUARY 24, 2017 | KICK-OFF: 7:00PM

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

Photo Credit: QRU Media Unit | Sportography | Meggie Whitchurch

Two debutants - George Smith at 36 and Izack Rodda at 20.

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FULL TIME STATS

Attack

Defence

Set Piece

SECOND HALF

  • 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!

FIRST HALF

  • 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.

FIRST-HALF ATTACK STATS

WE'RE BACK!

St.George Queensland Reds v Sharks

The St.George Queensland Reds will be taking on the Sharks from Durban, this Friday in their first Vodafone Super Rugby match of the season. Kick-off is 7:00pm.

Friday 24 Feb from 5:00pm

Following a successful pre-season campaign against the Melbourne Rebels, the St.George Queensland Reds are looking to kick start their actual season in similar style this Friday at 7:00pm. Gates open at 5:00pm, with Junior Club Training under the big lights commencing at 5:15pm.

“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

ST.GEORGE QUEENSLAND REDS

FIRST XV

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

RESERVES

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

“We’ve got a lot of seasoned campaigners, but there are also some young up-and-coming players who have earned an opportunity through their hard work and their form in pre-season." - Nick Stiles

SHARKS

FIRST XV

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

RESERVES

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

Round 3 - Reds v Crusaders

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