Rebels on re­ceiv­ing end as Reds run riot

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

THE Queens­land Reds broke their Su­per Rugby shack­les and added in­sult to in­jury for the Mel­bourne Rebels with a record 53-3 ham­mer­ing at Sun­corp Sta­dium last night.

Noth­ing went right for the Rebels af­ter they hit the lead in the fifth minute and the Reds piled on the pain for a fledg­ling fran­chise bat­tling to cope with an in­jury cri­sis.

Com­ing into the round five clash with just three tries from their three pre­vi­ous matches, t he 2010 en­ter­tain­ers re­dis­cov­ered their mojo with a seven-try blitz.

But it wasn’t or­ches­trated through the raz­zle-daz­zle of a tal­ent-laden back­line.

The Reds pack dom­i­nated the vis­i­tors at the break­down and wrought havoc in the li­ne­out as the Rebels dis­in­te­grated on their own throw.

The Rebels scrum, which did con­cede a sec­ond-minute tight­head, came away with its rep­u­ta­tion in­tact on an other­wise be­wil­der­ing night.

Beaten 43-0 by NSW in their c o m p e t i t i o n d e b u t l a s t month, Rod Mac­queen’s men suf­fered the ig­nominy of be­ing on the re­ceiv­ing end of the Reds’ big­gest win in 16 sea­sons of Su­per Rugby.

The Vic­to­ri­ans failed to han­dle t he s t e a my c o ndi­tions which made han­dling dif­fi­cult and the Reds pun­ished their nu­mer­ous mis­takes.

Queens­land led 25-3 at half­time in front of a de­lighted crowd of 22,031 and could have even been more ruth­less, let­ting slip at least three prime try-scor­ing chances.

How­ever, none was as em­bar­rass­ing as Rebels prop Greg Somerville botch­ing a cer­tain five-pointer when he dropped the ball over the line with the vis­i­tors trail­ing 15-3 mid­way through the first half.

W a l l a b i e s f i v e - e i g h t h Quade Cooper, the man of the match, set up the open­ing t r y b y c e n t r e A n t h o n y Fain­gaa in the eighth minute with a kick and re­gather and per­fect cut-out pass.

For­mer Brumbies l o c k Ada m Wal l a c e - Har r i s o n ,

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