Rebels on receiving end as Reds run riot
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.
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