Kerevi try saves Reds

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT - JIM TUCKER

THE des­per­ate Reds fi­nally shed their damn­ing rep­u­ta­tion as pushovers in in­ter­state der­bies with a last-gasp vic­tory in Mel­bourne that gives their fi­nals dream a faint heart­beat.

A Samu Kerevi try with less than two min­utes left on the clock was the tiebreaker for 29-24 against a Mel­bourne Rebels side which ral­lied like they were play­ing for the club’s fu­ture. The Reds’ long-term fu­ture is safe but they were play­ing for their sea­son.

The bonus point win from the five tries-to-two re­sult lifts the Reds (16 points from 11 games) ahead of NSW (14 from 10) and within strik­ing dis­tance of the Brumbies (19 from 10) at the top of the Aus­tralian Con­fer­ence.

The vic­tory snapped two of Queensland’s most cringe­wor­thy streaks, a 0-10 run against Aus­tralian ri­vals over the past two Su­per Rugby sea­sons and 13 straight losses on the road.

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