RD 8: Reds 47 - Kings 34 SUNCORP STADIUM | APRIL 15, 2017 | KICK-OFF: 3:05PM AEST

ROUND 8 - HOME

St.George Queensland Reds beat Southern Kings

The St.George Queensland Reds have defeated the Southern Kings 47-34 in Round 8 of Vodafone Super Rugby at Suncorp Stadium.

It was the first time that the Reds had met South Africa’s Southern Kings and both teams took advantage of the 3:00pm kick off, showing an intention to play expansively.

Karmichael Hunt, Eto Nabuli and Izaia Perese all crossed for doubles as the Reds ran in seven tries to five.

“We’re just stoked with the win. It’s been a difficult start to the season, so to run out at our home ground tonight and earn a win for ourselves and our fans is really rewarding." - Head coach Nick stiles
Reds v Hurricanes. Photo: Sportography. George Smith is set to play his 150th Super Rugby Cap this Easter Saturday.

LIVE BLOG - First Half

3min | Possible try for Nabuli, TMO to decide.

4min | No try, Nabuli in touch.

5min | TRY! Nabuli is over for the first try of the game off the back of a tight-head win at the scrum. 5-nil kick to come.

7min | The kick is good from Cooper, score now 7-nil to the Reds.

9min | The Kings cross the line but Perese holds the ball up. Score remains 7-nil.

15min | Massive shot from Alex Mafi in his starting debut!

23min | Try for the Kings through Cloete, 7-5, kick to come.

24min | Conv is good, scores now level at 7-all.

29min | TRY! Karmichael Hunt runs a brilliant line close to the ruck to score near the posts. Cooper converts to give the Reds a 14-7 lead. #

34min | The Kings go close but Penxe puts his foot into touch.

37min | Paia'aua is dealt a yellow card reducing the Reds to 14-men. Cronje slots the penalty for the Kings, score now 14-10.

LIVE BLOG - Second half

43min | TRY! Smith is over for a try in his 150th Super Rugby game. Score now 19-10, kick to come.

44min | The conv is good from Cooper, score now 21-10.

47min | Ready on for Mafi, Sanday on for Faagase.

48min | TRY! Nabuli is over for his second, score now 26-10, kick to come.

49min | Cooper just misses the conv, score remains 26-10.

49min | Paia’aua is back on field, Reds return to 14-men.

52min | Kings cross for a try through Schreuder, score now 26-15, kick to come.

53min | Cronje slots the conv, score now 26-17.

52min | Korczyk on for Tui, Tupou on for Talakai.

54min | TRY! Karmichael Hunt is over for his second of the afternoon, score now 31-17, kick to come.

55min | Cooper slots the conv, score now 33-17. That kick sees Quade hit 800 career points.

54min | TRY! Perese is over for his first @SuperRugby try! Score now 38-17, kick to come.

55min | Cooper slots the conv, score now 40-17.

60min | TRY! Cooper cross kick to Hunt, Hunt offload to Perese, Perese is over for his second! 90m try! Cooper slots the conv, score now 47-17.

63min | Douglas on for Lukhan Tui at lock.

67min | Try for the Kings through Mapimpi, score now 47-22, kick to come.

68min | Conversion is missed, score remains 47-22.

69min | Kings are reduced to 14 men with Mjekevu dealt a yellow card.

70min | Hamish Stewart is on for Cooper.

73min | Banda crosses for the Kings, score 47-27, kick to come.

74min | Conversion is missed, score remains 47-27.

75min | The Kings cross through Mapimpi, score now 47-32, kick to come.

76min | de Wet misses the conversion, score remains 47-34.

79min | Possible try for Banda, TMO to decide.

79min | TMO rules no try, Reds line-out.

ST.GEORGE QUEENSLAND REDS

STARTING XV

1. Sef Fa’agase – University of Queensland

2. Alex Mafi – Bond University (run-on debut)

3. Sam Talakai – Brothers

4. Rob Simmons – Sunnybank

5. Lukhan Tui - Souths

6. Hendrik Tui – Norths

7. George Smith – Brothers (150th Super Rugby cap)

8. Scott Higginbotham – Wests

9. James Tuttle – GPS

10. Quade Cooper – Souths

11. Eto Nabuli – GPS

12. Duncan Paia’aua – Norths

13. Samu Kerevi (C) – Souths

14. Izaia Perese – Easts

15. Karmichael Hunt – Norths

RESERVES

16. Andrew Ready – Easts

17. Kirwan Sanday – Easts

18. Taniela Tupou - Brothers

19. Kane Douglas – Norths

20. Adam Korczyk – University of Queensland

21. Nick Frisby - GPS

22. Hamish Stewart – Bond University

23. Chris Kuridrani - GPS

THE ULTIMATE RIVALRY

NEXT HOME GAME

The St.George Queensland Reds return from a bye week to take on the NSW Waratahs in the Ultimate QLD and NSW Rivalry. There is no greater rivalry in Australian sport than that between our southern counterpart.

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