RD 12: Reds 29 - Rebels 24 MELBOURNE | SAT 13 MAY | KICK-OFF: 7:45PM

ROUND 12 - AWAY

St.George Queensland Reds beat Melbourne Rebels

The St.George Queensland Reds have secured a 29-24 bonus-point victory over the Melbourne Rebels in Round 12 of Vodafone Super Rugby at AAMI Park.

The Reds entered the game on a 10-match losing streak against Australian opposition but put that hoodoo to bed with a five-try to two performance over their rivals.

The visitors had not won away from home since May 2015 but captain Samu Kerevi inspired his side to victory with damaging ball running and a double that included the match winner. The win moved the Reds to second place in the Australian conference. At half-time the Reds defence had done well to not concede a try but Reece Hodge kept the Rebels in range with accurate goal kicking.

“We haven’t won away from home since 2015 so that’s a big achievement. The other thing that we haven’t done for a long time is beat an Australian side, so, to come down here and do both those things is something we’re really pleased with. “The important thing is that even when the scores became dead locked, the boys kept their composure, built pressure and then were able to score the match winner. “There was probably four times in that game where the Rebels were on our line and threatening but the boys stayed composed and worked for each other. Against the Chiefs there was a lack of effort so what I’m probably most pleased about today is that you saw effort.” - Head coach Nick stiles

LIVE BLOG - First Half

1min | Reece Hodge nails an early penalty goal to put the Rebels ahead

6min | Quade Cooper delivers a looping cut-out pass to Eto Nabuli who pops the ball back inside for Samu Kerevi to score

9min | Hodge slots another long-range penalty goal

26min | The Reds swing the ball wide to Nabuli crosses for the second try of the match

38min | Awarded a kickable penalty the Reds opt for the touch line and are rewarded when Stephen Moore scores off the back of a rolling maul

40min | Hodge slots a penalty goal after the half-time siren has sounded. Reds lead 17-9 at half time

LIVE BLOG - Second Half

40min | Hodge nails a penalty goal straight after half time to reduce the Reds lead to five points

48min | Some nice interplay by the Reds up the left flank sees Scott Higginbotham dot down in the corner

54min | Will Miller crossed for the Rebels reducing the Reds' lead to 24-19

69min | Marika Koroibete scores for the Rebels levelling the scores at 24-all

78min | Kerevi gets on the outside of the Rebels defender and crashes over to put the Reds ahead

ST.GEORGE QUEENSLAND REDS

STARTING XV

1. Sef Fa’agase – University of Queensland

2. Stephen Moore – University of Queensland

3. Sam Talakai - Brothers

4. Rob Simmons - Sunnybank

5. Lukhan Tui - Souths

6. Hendrik Tui - Norths

7. George Smith - Brothers

8. Scott Higginbotham - Wests

9. Nick Frisby - GPS

10. Quade Cooper - Souths

11. Eto Nabuli - GPS

12. Duncan Paia’aua - Norths

13. Samu Kerevi (C) - Souths

14. Campbell Magnay - GPS

15. Karmichael Hunt - Norths

RESERVES

16. Alex Mafi – Bond University

17. Kirwan Sanday – Easts

18. Taniela Tupou – Brothers

19. Izack Rodda – Easts

20. Adam Korczyk – University of Queensland

21. Moses Sorovi – University of Queensland

22. Hamish Stewart – Bond University

23. Izaia Perese – Easts

ROUND 14 - HOME

St.George Queensland Reds v Western Force

The St.George Queensland Reds will be coming off of a bye week to face the Western Force.

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