Home team Away Team

Reds


  • Penalty goals: Cooper (4),
    PENALTYGOALs: Cooper (4),
12 - 11

Blues

  • Willison,
    TRYs: Willison,
    Penalty goals: Noakes, Nikoro,
    PENALTYGOALs: Nikoro, Noakes,
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 26th Apr 2013
  • KO 10:40
  • Ground: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Super Rugby: Four penalties from Quade Cooper move the Reds to the top

Last updated: 26th April 2013  

Jackson Willison Reds v Blues Round 11 2013

Jackson Willison scores the only try of the game

Quade Cooper Reds v Blues Round 11 2013

Quade Cooper releases the ball out of the tackle

Related links

Teams

Also see

Fly-half Quade Cooper kept his nerve to kick the Reds to a 12-11 victory over the Blues.

Cooper landed four penalties to take the 2011 champions to the top of the standings - although they left it late.

The Blues had led 11-9 at half-time but Cooper's penalty with five minutes left was the only scoring action of the second half.

The result was a little harsh on the Blues who had defended brilliantly during the second period, with their work at the breakdown having frustrated the hosts.

However they lost their discipline when it mattered the most to allow Cooper to snatch the win for the Reds.

Flat-footed

The Blues had scored the only try of the match through Jackson Willison in the opening half.

Willison, part of the Chiefs squad that won the title last season, dived over late in the opening period following a sustained spell of Blues pressure. The Reds defence was caught flat-footed by the dummy run of Charles Piutau, with Willison timing his run to perfection to shrug off Jono Lance to score.

Chris Noakes and the booming boot of Albert Nikoro added a penalty apiece to keep the Blues in touch early on.

The Blues pushed hard for a way back into the game but Keven Mealamu and Ali Williams were guilty of coughing up possession in the Reds 22 in the dying minutes.

The win means the Reds have completed their first sweep of New Zealand opposition in a season in the professional era.

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet
Forthcoming Super Rugby Fixtures
TimeFixture
Super Rugby
Friday 13th February
Super Rugby
06:35Crusaders vs Melbourne Rebels
08:40Brumbies vs Reds
17:10Lions vs Hurricanes
Saturday 14th February
06:35Blues vs Chiefs
15:05Sharks vs Cheetahs
17:05Bulls vs Stormers
Sunday 15th February
06:05Waratahs vs Western Force
Friday 20th February
06:35Chiefs vs Brumbies
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Waratahs
17:10Bulls vs Hurricanes
Saturday 21st February
06:35Highlanders vs Crusaders
08:40Reds vs Western Force
15:05Stormers vs Blues
17:10Sharks vs Lions
Friday 27th February
06:35Highlanders vs Reds
11:00Western Force vs Hurricanes
17:10Cheetahs vs Blues
Saturday 28th February
06:35Chiefs vs Crusaders
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Brumbies
15:05Bulls vs Sharks
17:10Lions vs Stormers
Friday 6th March
06:35Chiefs vs Highlanders
08:40Brumbies vs Western Force
Saturday 7th March
06:35Blues vs Lions
08:40Reds vs Waratahs

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com