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|Home team||Away Team|
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REDS 12 - 11 BLUES
80 The Blues get a final chance to win the match when they receive a line-out inside the Reds' 22. They fail to capitilise on this opportuny as Mealamu's throw is awry! The ball comes out on the Reds' side and Ben Lucas boots it into touch! The final whistle goes and the Reds start to celebrate their narrow victory. It was a close affair and the Blues could so easily have been the victors. But it wasn't to be and the hosts continue with their fine form.
78 The Blues attack with their forwards inside the Reds' 22 but concede a turnover when Mealamu knocks on!
75 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 12-11. Cooper adds another three-pointer after the Blues front-row is pinned for illegal scrummaging!
72 The Reds string together several phases but seem to make little headway. They eventually gain a reprieve when Williams enters a ruck from the side.
70 Genia breaks out from inside his half and slips through three tackles. He is eventually brought to ground but Reds retain possession and at the next breakdown Genia spots a gap behind the defence and launches a perfectly-weighted box kick which rolls into touch inside the Blues' 22.
67 Brendon O'Connor tries to take the ball over the advantage line but knocks on after taking a big hit from Jakes Schatz!
64 The Blues show great patience inside the Reds' 22 until Noakes stabs a grubber kick through for Francis Saili to chase! Luckily for the Reds Genia saves the day when he reads the situation and manages to get to the ball before Saili.
62 The Blues attack deep inside the Reds' 22 but lose possession when Williams is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground.
60 Greg Holmes is penalised when he drops his bind at a scrum. Weepu puts the ball out about 10 metres from the Reds' and the Blues launch a drive from the resulting line-out.
58 Ranger and Dom Shipperley compete for a ball but Shipperley gains the upperhand but when he takes the ball into contact, he suffers the same fate as Ioane, as three Blues defenders manage to hold him up in the tackle!
56 Ioane takes ball into contact but Keven Mealamu, Steven Luatua and Frank Halai manage to hold him up. When the maul becomes static, the Blues get the put-in at the scrum.
54 Cooper gets a chance to regain the lead for his side, after Ali Williams is penalised for playing the ball on the ground. His effort is wide of the mark, however!
50 The Reds are on the attack deep inside the Blues' 22! They've taken the ball through 17 phases and their forwards are now trying to get over the advantage line with pick up and goes! The Blues' defence stands firm, however!
46 Nikoro steps up to take another shot at goal. This time his effort is from about 54 metres out but it falls just short of the cross-bar.
43 Ranger takes the ball into contact but is knocked backwards by a double hit from James Slipper and Ed Quirk!
Second half Noakes gets the second half started! His kick is gathered in the air by Rob Simmons and the Reds launch a drive, from inside their 22, when he comes to ground.
REDS 9 - 11 BLUES
40 From a scrum, just outside the Blues' 22, Genia is pinned for not putting the ball into the scrum. Weepu kicks for touch and that's the final act of the half as referee Craig Joubert halts proceedings with a shrill blast of his whistle. It's been an entertaining opening period and, as the scoreline suggests, a fairly even contest. Both sides have played with plenty of flair which should make for an interesting second half.
38 It's all happening here as both sides are attacking from all areas of the field! The match is eventually brought to a stand-still when Angus Ta'avao knocks on!
36 Braid breaks out from inside his 22 and gives an inside pass to Ranger, who crashes into Cooper! Both players get to their feet after the collision and continue to play on!
34 The Reds attack off the base of a scrum and Cooper runs onto a pass from Genia! He juggles the ball and is nailed by a big hit from Luke Braid!
31 TRY, BLUES, WILLISON! 9-11. The Blues show great patience, close to the Reds' try-line, and take the ball through 12 phases. Piri Weepu spins the ball out wide to Jackson Willison, who spots a gap. He takes it and shakes off a tackle from Jono Lance before crossing over in the left-hand corner!
29 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 9-6. Cooper succeeds with his third penalty after McCartney is penalised again for illegal scrummaging!
26 PENALTY, BLUES, NIKORO! 6-6. Albert Nikoro lands a monster penalty from the halfway mark! This after Rob Simmons is blown up for obstruction
23 The Reds are smelling blood as they are camped close to the Blues' try-line! They set up several phases but it all comes to nothing when Digby Ioane is penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground!
21 The Reds' forwards put huge pressure on their counterparts at a scrum. Tom McCartney is eventually penalised for dropping his bind and Cooper kicks for touch.
18 The visitors launch an attack, just outside the Reds' 22, but the move goes awry when Ranger fumbles an inside pass from Willison.
16 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 6-3. Cooper adds another three-pointer after the Blues are pinned for a ruck infringement.
15 Cooper launches an attack from deep inside his half! He sells Peter Saili a dummy before offloading to Rod Davies, who sets up on a mazy 50 metre run! He is eventually brought to ground by a desperate tackle from Ranger just outside the Blues' 22!
14 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES! 3-3. Chris Noakes draws the visitors level after Ben Daley goes offside at a ruck.
11 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 3-0. Quade Cooper opens the scoring from the kicking tee after Luke Braid is penalised for not rolling away at a ruck.
8 The Blues pack is pinned for an early engagement at a scrum. Genia tries to play quickly but his captain, James Horwill, opts for another scrum.
5 The Blues are back on the attack but Rene Ranger loses possession and Saia Faingaa kicks ahead! Rod Davies gives chase but can only watch as the ball rolls into touch close to the Blues' corner flag.
3 The Blues show great continuity and take the ball through an incredible 22 phases! They eventually lose possession when Jackson Willison tries to kick ahead. It's a poor effort and Will Genia gathers the loose ball.
Kick-off Quade Cooper gets the game underway! His kick is gathered by Frank Halai, who sets up a ruck about 10 metres outside his 22.
Team news Hooker Saia Faingaa and prop Ben Daley are the two changes made to the Reds starting line-up. Faingaa comes in for James Hanson while Daley replaces Greg Holmes.
Team news Blues head coach Sir John Kirwan has made just one change to his starting XV for this clash. Rene Ranger starts at outside centre as Francis Saili is relegated to the bench, while Albert Nikoro will make his first start for the Blues on the wing.
Welcome Good day and welcome to the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane for this Super Rugby encounter between the Reds, who are our hosts, and the Blues. The Blues are in fourth position on the table while the Reds are fourth and both sides are keen to cement their places amongst the play-off contenders. We'll return shortly with team news!
|Friday 20th December|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs London Irish|
|Saturday 21st December|
|15:00||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th December|
|TBC||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th December|
|15:00||Northampton vs Bath|
|15:00||Worcester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Leicester vs Sale Sharks|
|Friday 3rd January|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 4th January|
|15:00||London Irish vs Worcester|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|Sunday 5th January|
|15:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Friday 7th February|
|19:45||Worcester vs Leicester|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 8th February|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||Bath vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|Sunday 9th February|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Irish|
|Friday 14th February|
|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Saracens|
|Saturday 15th February|
|15:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Worcester|
|15:00||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|Sunday 1st December|
|Newcastle 9 - 35 Harlequins|
|Saturday 30th November|
|Bath 21 - 16 Exeter|
|Worcester 10 - 33 Northampton|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Wasps|
|Saracens 24 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 29th November|
|Gloucester 17 - 22 Leicester|
|Sunday 24th November|
|Wasps 5 - 28 Bath|
|Saturday 23rd November|
|Northampton 18 - 0 Newcastle|
|Harlequins 27 - 19 Gloucester|
|Exeter 9 - 16 Saracens|
|Leicester 20 - 11 London Irish|
|Friday 22nd November|
|Sale Sharks 26 - 10 Worcester|
|Sunday 3rd November|
|Saracens 40 - 3 Newcastle|
|London Irish 14 - 19 Northampton|
|Saturday 2nd November|
|Leicester 16 - 23 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 30 - 32 Wasps|
|Friday 1st November|
|Sale Sharks 16 - 18 Exeter|
|Worcester 6 - 21 Bath|
|Sunday 27th October|
|Newcastle 13 - 11 London Irish|
|Wasps 22 - 12 Leicester|
|Saturday 26th October|
|Northampton 41 - 20 Saracens|
|Exeter 40 - 6 Worcester|
|Harlequins 24 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 25th October|
|Bath 15 - 13 Gloucester|
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