The Queensland Reds blew a golden likelihood to inflict a uncommon defeat on New Zealand opposition as they gave up a 17-point result in lose to the Hurricanes in Saturday night time’s Super Rugby Pacific conflict at AAMI Park.
Trailing 17-0 after half an hour, the Hurricanes responded with 30 unanswered factors to win 30-17.
It was a bitter capsule to swallow for the Reds, who have been determined for an improved displaying in opposition to Kiwi groups following their disappointing 2021 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman marketing campaign.
And having made a dream begin to their “Super Round” conflict, the Queenslanders appeared on track to not solely proceed their spectacular Super Rugby Pacific marketing campaign with one other win but additionally strike a much-need blow for Australian golf equipment in opposition to their Kiwi counterparts.
However, it once more wasn’t to be, as a mixture of undisciplined play and poor ball dealing with, plus some Hurricanes class, ended any hopes of a Reds win.
Reds coach Brad Thorn stated he and his gamers have been “gutted”.
“These New Zealand sides will make you pay … for a lack of discipline,” Thorn stated.
“You’ve got to learn your lessons fast.”
Hurricanes coach Jason Holland stated his facet would “take a lot” from the opening half an hour of the match,
“It took a while for us to adjust to a few things, and what we’ve learnt is that possession’s key,” Holland stated.
Flanker Fraser McReight was very good for the Queenslanders and didn’t need to be on the shedding crew.
McReight was one of many Reds’ two try-scorers in what was a dream begin by the Reds, who have been additionally aided by poor early self-discipline from the Hurricanes.
Having dominated early possession and territory, the Queenslanders have been rewarded within the twenty fourth minute when Hamish Stewart scored subsequent to the posts after capitalising on an preliminary break from his centre associate Hunter Paisami and an excellent brief move from powerhouse prop Taniela Tupou.
Then with the Hurricanes diminished to 14 males following the sin-binning of Pouri Rakete-Stones for a excessive deal with, the Reds struck once more within the twenty eighth minute by means of McReight.
Flyhalf Lawson Creighton’s conversion gave the Reds a 17-0 lead and an upset was properly and actually on the playing cards.
However, that was the top of Queensland’s pleasure, with the Hurricanes comeback beginning with their very own two tries earlier than halftime from centre Bailyn Sullivan – who had earlier additionally hung out within the sin-bin for a harmful deal with on Paisami – and prop Tyrel Lomax.
Lomax’s attempt got here after the half-time siren when the Reds solely had 14 males on the sphere following the sin-binning of Connor Vest for a excessive deal with Hurricanes skipper Ardie Savea.
Having diminished Queensland’s result in three factors on the break, the Hurricanes went on with the job after half-time, with additional tries to Lomax and Sullivan sealing their win.