Reds 17 - Highlanders 40

St.George Queensland Reds lose to Highlanders

The St.George Queensland Reds have gone down 40-17 to the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday night.

It was the Reds’ final Super Rugby encounter for the 2017 season, but Head Coach Nick Stiles’ named a match-day 23 with an eye on the 2018 season, with 10 players under 21 in the side.

Caleb Timu made his run-on debut and scored the Reds’ final try while Jayden Ngamanu and Reece Hewat both earned their Super Rugby debuts from the bench.

Timu, Izack Rodda and Alex Mafi all crossed for their first Super Rugby tries, as the Highlanders outscored the Reds six tries to three.

“It’s not how we wanted to end our season. They play with some serious intensity and we struggled with that in the early stages of the game.
“In saying that, the fight from the team to keep working hard throughout the 80 minutes was a credit to them. We just need to maintain that intensity for 80 minutes every week.
“It’s been a tough season, but the green shoots of growth are there and the young guys in our squad have had a taste of Super Rugby now so I’m looking forward to seeing what strides we make ahead of next season.” - Head coach Nick stiles

LIVE BLOG - First Half

3| The Highlanders swung the ball wide early and Waisake Naholo scored out wide to give the home side an early 7-0 lead.

8 | James Lentjes went over five minutes later to extend the Highlanders lead to 14-0.

33 | After George Smith stopped a certain try, the Highlanders set for a five-metre scrum and Kayne Hammington sniped for the Highlander’s third.

37 | As half time approached the Reds worked the ball back into an attacking position before Smith took a quick tap to set up Izack Rodda’s first Super Rugby try.

LIVE BLOG - Second Half

42 | Tevita Li dived over soon after the half-time break to extend the Highlanders' lead

48 | The Highlanders set for a five-metre scrum and were awarded a penalty try as they moved the ball towards the line.

54 | Gifted a penalty right in front, the Reds turned it down and were rewarded when Alex Mafi dotted down after a strong rolling maul play.

64 | Highlanders replacement hooker Ash Dixon burrowed his way over close to the line to extend the Highlanders lead, 40-10.

67 | Cooper fired out a cut-out pass to Izaia Perese who stays strong in contact and delivers a deft offload to Caleb Timu



1. Sef Fa'agase - University of Queensland

2. Stephen Moore (C) - University of Queensland

3. Taniela Tupou – Brothers

4. Rob Simmons – Sunnybank

5. Izack Rodda – Easts

6. Caleb Timu – Souths (Run-on debut)

7. George Smith – Brothers

8. Adam Korczyk - University of Queensland

9. James Tuttle – GPS

10. Quade Cooper – Souths

11. Eto Nabuli – GPS

12. Duncan Paia'aua – Norths

13. Campbell Magnay – GPS

14. Izaia Perese – Easts

15. Karmichael Hunt - Norths


16. Alex Mafi - Bond University

17. Markus Vanzati - Souths

18. Sam Talakai - Brothers

19. Kane Douglas – Norths

20. Reece Hewat - Norths (potential Queensland / Super Rugby debut)

21. Moses Sorovi - University of Queensland

22. Hamish Stewart - Bond University

23. Jayden Ngamanu - Souths (potential Queensland / Super Rugby debut)



1. Daniel Lienert-Brown

2. Liam Coltman

3. Siate Tokolahi

4. Jackson Hemopo

5. Tom Franklin

6. Liam Squire

7. James Lentjes

8. Luke Whitelock (c)

9. Kayne Hammington

10. Lima Sopoaga

11. Tevita Li

12. Rob Thompson

13. Malakai Fekitoa

14. Waisake Naholo

15. Richard Buckman


16. Ash Dixon

17. Aki Seiuli

18. Guy Millar

19. Gareth Evans

20. Dan Pryor

21. Josh Renton

22. Marty Banks

23. Patelesio Tomkinson


Thank you for your continued support!


Report Abuse

If you feel that this video content violates the Adobe Terms of Use, you may report this content by filling out this quick form.

To report a Copyright Violation, please follow Section 17 in the Terms of Use.