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Super Rugby | Suncorp Stadium
09:45 (GMT) | 26-05-2017
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The hooter goes and the Reds trying to close down the score a bit and they play it coast to coast. Penalty Reds and they take a quick tap. Force intercepts it and kicks it into the stand and the visitors wins the away game.
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Reds plays it wide and Grubbers it down field and the Force slides into touch with the ball. Reds line-out inside their 10.
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Force takes it up short and goes wide. Knock on and its a Reds feed in the scrum.
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Force with ball in hand after the restart. Newsome with a kick and Cooper drops the ball. Scrum Force on the Reds 5.
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Restart is good. Penalty Force and Grant kicks to touch. Maul is formed and the Force moves from the Reds 10 closer to their 22. Penalty Force and Grant goes for the 3 points and over it goes
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Grant adds the extras
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Force goes wide and no advantage and its a Penalty and Grant kicks to touch. Line-out on the Reds 5. Maul is formed TRY TIME Tatafu Polota-Nau
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Grant goes to touch. Line-out Force inside the Reds half. maul is formed and the Force makes a extra 10 meters. Force goes wide with the overlap advantage. Force inside the reds 22. Phase after phase the Force trying to find the overlap.
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Force goes for clearance and finds touch. Line-out Reds inside their 10. Cooper goes high and Brache secures the ball. Force with ball in hand. Turnover and the Reds gives a chip over the Force and Newsome gets charged down and the Force gets a 22 restart. Penalty Force after a high tackle on Grant. Yellow card Eto Nabuli
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Grant adds the extras
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Force goes wide and gets a offload and it is TRY TIME Brache
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Ball goes dead and the Force will feed the scrum on the Reds 22. Scrum reset
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Cooper adds the extras
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Penalty Reds. Cooper goes for touch and its a Reds line-out on the Force 5. Maul is formed and over goes the captain TRY TIME Moore
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Cooper sends one over the top and it is a Line-out Force ball on their 5. Grant kicks for clearance. Penalty Reds and Cooper kicks to touch. Line-out onside the Force half. Scrum Reds feed
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Force trying to maintain their lead. Force putting up the phases. Knock on and it is Reds scrum to feed. Reds takes a short ball after the scrum.
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Cooper adds the extras
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Reds with a penalty and Cooper kicks to touch. Line-out Reds on the Force 5. Maul is formed and Moore goes over TRY TIME.
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Grant adds the 3 points
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Force with continuity and have moved inside the Reds 22 and the Force gets their Penalty and Grant will attempt to add 3 points.
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Yellow card for Frisby
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Force with ball in hand. they 5 short and still have momentum. Penalty TRY
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Cooper adds the extras
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Reds with the kick to start the 2nd half. Reds looking dangerous on the attack in gives a inside ball TRY TIME Lukhan Tui

Half Time

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Force secure ball after restart and Grant kicks into touch to end the 1st half. Half Time
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Grant adds the extras
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Reds with ball in hand and kicks it away and offside is the call. Penalty Force and kicks to touch. Line-out Force just 4 short of the Reds 22. Force is 5 out and still making meters. TRY TIME Ross Haylett-Petty
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Reds with a line-out throw inside the Force half. Cooper with a grubber kick and the ball goes over the dead ball line. Force with a 22 restart. Grant goes deep. Reds returns a high one.
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Penalty Force and Grant will attempt to put his team in front. Over it goes.
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Cooper is offside and no try is awarded. Penalty and Grant kicks to touch. Line-out Force on the Reds 10. Maul is formed and the Force moves 5 meters forward. Force makes it into the Reds 22.
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Grant with a kick to put the home team under pressure. Cooper kicks for clearance and finds touch. Force going over the advantage line moving into the Reds 22. Penalty high tackle and the Force gets it right in front of the posts. Grant adds the 3 points
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Turnover and the Force will kick for clearance and does not find touch. Line-out Reds after a Charge down and the ball rolls into touch. Cooper kicks to touch from inside their 22.Force with the line-out feed inside the Reds 10.
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Force with ball in hand. Penalty against the Force tackling the player without the ball. Cooper kicks to touch. Line-out inside the visitors 22.
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Handling errors from the home team and it is a scrum with the Force to feed. Force trying to move forward and reaching the Reds 22. Knock on from the visitors Scrum Reds feed
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Penalty Force and Grant kicks to touch. Line-out inside the Reds 22. Maul is formed from the Force. Penalty Reds and Cooper kicks to touch. Line-out Reds inside the visitors 10. Reds with a break running all the way and a great try saving tackle from Grant and gives the Force a 22 restart
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Force with a free-kick and runs with the ball. Scrum Reds feed. Forward pass from Cooper. Force scrum to feed
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Reds playing it wide after the scrum. Force with ball in hand after turnover. James grubbers it away and Reds look to counter and lose the ball in contact.
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Cooper misses the extras
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Penalty to the Reds and Cooper kicks to touch. Line-out inside the Force 22. Cooper with a dummy pop and goes around one finds the overlap and it is TRY TIME Duncan
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Reds with ball in hand. moving forward inside the Force half. Turnover and the Force kicks it away. Force moving inside the Reds half. Force hitting the rucks trying to find the the miss match.
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Force with the kick to start the game and the kick is high and short.
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Beautiful weather with a light breeze.
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Referee for the evening is Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand) and will be assisted by referees Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia) TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia).
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Predictions show in favor of the home team. The Force trying to show they still belong in this competition will not hold anything back from the home team.
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Force is more concerned about their future in this Super Rugby tournament. Both teams did make a few changes in the starting line-out. This should be an exciting match between two good teams.
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Sef Faagase
  • 2 Stephen Moore
  • 3 Sam Talakai
  • 4 Rob Simmons
  • 5 Lukhan Tui
  • 6 Hendrik Tui
  • 7 George Smith
  • 8 Scott Higginbotham
  • 9 Nick Frisby
  • 10 Quade Cooper
  • 11 Eto Nabuli
  • 12 Duncan Paia'Aua
  • 13 Samu Kerevi
  • 14 Chris Kuridrani
  • 15 Karmichael Hunt
  • 23 Lachlan Maranta
RESERVES
  • 16 Alex Mafi
  • 17 Kirwan Sanday
  • 18 Taniela Tupou
  • 19 Izack Rodda
  • 20 Adam Korczyk
  • 21 James Tuttle
  • 22 Jake McIntyre
START LINE UP
  • 1 Francois Van Wyk
  • 2 Heath Tessmann
  • 3 Jermaine Ainsley
  • 4 Matt Philip
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 6 Ross Haylett-Petty
  • 7 Matt Hodgson
  • 8 Isireli Naisarani
  • 9 Michael Ruru
  • 10 Peter Grant
  • 11 Alex Newsome
  • 12 Billy Meakes
  • 13 Curtis Rona
  • 14 James Verity-Amm
  • 15 Marcel Brache
RESERVES
  • 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 17 Pekahou Cowan
  • 18 Tetera Faulkner
  • 19 Richie Arnold
  • 20 Richard Hardwick
  • 21 Mitch Short
  • 22 Luke Burton
  • 23 Luke Morahan
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SR Preview: Round 14, Part One

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:04

IN THE SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: When teams enter 'must win' territory, it makes for great entertainment.

The Chiefs know they MUST win to stay in touch with the table-topping Crusaders and keep alive their prospects of finishing first - which brings with it home ground advantage in the play-offs.

The Blues MUST win just to keep alive their fast-fading hopes of a spot in the play-offs.

Add to that the fact that it is an all-New Zealand derby and it is the perfect start to the weekend.

Then there is a slight reprieve when the Reds host the Western Force in an all-Australian derby where only dented honour is at stake.

In Part One of the preview, we look at the Friday matches!

Friday, May 26:

Blues v Chiefs
(Eden Park, Auckland - Kick-off: 19.35; 07.35 GMT)

It is a distraction the Chiefs could have done without - news that yet another player is heading abroad.

Chiefs hooker Hika Elliot has become the latest New Zealand player to depart Aotearoa for the lure of the more lucrative Euro.

Elliot has signed with French club US Oyonnax.

Elliot joins a number of Chiefs heading overseas after this season - including scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow (Toulon), flyhalf Aaron Cruden (Montpellier) and wing James Lowe (Leinster).

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie did not have much time to ponder the sideshow, as his team needs to bounce back from last week's loss to the Crusaders.

And their opponents are also coming off a heart-breaking loss - to the Stormers in Cape Town.

"The Blues will be pretty desperate this week," Rennie told a media briefing.

"If the Blues lose this weekend, their chances of qualifying [for the play-offs] are gone."

He said the Chiefs have not counted out the fact that they can still finish top of the standings.

"However, a couple of other sides need to knock over the Crusaders," Rennie said, adding: "We will control what we can and that involves [producing] a good performance this week.

"They [matches between the Chiefs and Blues] are always massive encounters."

Blues coach Tana Umaga said the team faced a significant test after the demanding one-off game in South Africa and he had adjusted their training to suit this week.

"This is our final derby game of the regular season and I know the team will want to produce their best performance of the season," Umaga said.

"We need to produce an 80-minute performance across the board and ensure we are disciplined in that approach."

Recent results:
2017: Chiefs won 41-26, Hamilton
2016: Chiefs won 29-23, Hamilton
2015: Chiefs won 23-16, Hamilton
2015: Chiefs won 23-18, Albany
2014:  Chiefs won 11-8, Auckland
2014: Chiefs won 32-20, New Plymouth

Prediction: The Chiefs have won their last 11 games in a row against the Blues, though those wins have come by an average margin of just eight points. The Chiefs have won three of their last four regular season away games against fellow New Zealand opposition; three of those four games were won by the team trailing at half-time. The Blues have won five of their last seven Friday fixtures on home turf, including each of their last two; the last time they won more in succession was a seven-game streak from 2012 to 2014. The Blues have won only one of their last 21 New Zealand derbies, despite leading at half-time in four of their last seven. The Chiefs will be looking to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time since the 2015 play-offs when they visited the Highlanders. While the Blues will always have a chance, given the talent at their disposal, they have simply not been consistent enough to overcome a team of the Chiefs' calibre - who will win by 15 points.

Teams:

Blues: 15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13. George Moala, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Ofa Tu'ungafasi.
Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Stephen Perofeta, 23 TJ Faiane.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Solomon Alaimalo, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nick Briant (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Reds v Western Force
(Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane - Kick-off: 19.45; 17.45 AWST; 09.45)

The build-up to this match - as has been for the last couple of months - has been overshadowed by the sideshows - the uncertainty over the future of the Western Force and Melbourne Rebels.

It has become such a big issues that captain Matt Hodgson has stepped in and started counselling his teammates.

Coach Dave Wessels praised Hodgson for his efforts "off the field" and what it has meant to the team.

Hodgson, a qualified mental health first-aid worker and an ambassador for the Living charity, has quietly been counselling players who are coming under increasing pressure over the uncertainty of their playing future.

"He has done a tremendous amount for our group," Wessels said.

"He is one of those guys the players play for and it is great to have him back [from injury].."

Wessels said this match is huge in the context of the Australian conference and his men are up for the challenge.

"We were very disappointed with our performance against the Highlanders and irrespective of who we are playing it's important that we respond with the same intensity that has been evident for the majority of our season so far," the coach said.

Reds coach Nick Stiles said that they played "relatively well" over the last month.

"We have beaten the Kings, we have beaten the Rebels and everyone said we should have beaten the Waratahs as well," he said.

"We have four games to go plat for, for the here and now, but also for the future of the organisation."

Recent results:
2017: Force won 26-19, Perth
2016: Force won 22-6, Brisbane
2015: Reds won 32-10, Perth
2015: Reds won 18-6, Brisbane
2014: Force won 30-20, Perth
2014: Force won 32-29, Brisbane

Prediction: The Force have won six and drawn one of their last nine games against the Reds, including wins in their last two meetings. A Round 12 win against the Rebels sees the Reds hunt for back-to-back wins for the first time since Round 17, 2014. Five of the last eight Australian derbies played on a Friday night have been won by the away team on the day. The Western Force have conceded just three tries this season when defending for seven or more phases, the joint fewest of any team in the competition. Eto Nabuli has had 11 try involvements so far this season (eight tries, three try assists), the joint fifth most of any player and the most of any player from outside New Zealand. It is tough to call, but we are going with the home team, the Reds,  to sneak a late winner - by five points or less.

Teams:

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Lachlan Maranta.

Western Force: 15 Marcel Brache, 14 James Verity-Amm, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isireli Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Francois van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Mitchell Short, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Luke Morahan.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning
@king365ed
@rugby365com

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports & sportguru.info

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Grant guides Force past spiteful Reds

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:15

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Western Force bounced back from last week's disappointment to beat a spiteful Reds team 40-26 in Brisbane on Friday.

The teams scored four tries each, but the unerring boot of the Force's Springbok flyhalf Peter Grant added 20 points - through four conversions and four penalties.

In contrast, the Reds' Wallaby flyhalf Quade Cooper kicked just three conversions.

Ironically Cooper and the Reds' veteran Wallaby hooker Stephen Moore were at the forefront of the indisciplined display by the Reds - who were fortunate they were not issued more than the two second-half yellow cards.

Once again the Reds were their own worst enemy, with scrumhalf Nick Frisby and wing Eto Nabuli sent to the sin bin.

The loss dropped them in fourth place in the mediocre Australian conference.

The Reds' indiscipline has cost them 12 yellow cards this season, more than any other team in Super Rugby.

The Force still don't know if they will be playing in next year's competition given the continuing uncertainty with the Australian Rugby Union still yet to decide on which of its five teams to cull.

The Reds looked set to go on to victory, after Moore scored his second try for the Reds to lead 26-21 with 20 minutes left.

But the Force refused to give in and rattled off 19 unanswered points to win comfortably with Wallaby lock Adam Coleman outstanding at the set piece and making 14 tackles.

"We were disappointed with the effort we put in last week against the Highlanders [losing 6-55 at home] so we needed to bring that back to our game and we did that in the second half," skipper Matt Hodgson said.

"With everything that is going on it is tough to turn out every week, but I'm just proud of the boys."

Wallaby hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau came off the bench to seal the win for the Force with his 70th-minute try off the back of a rolling maul.

While the Force have struggled in Super Rugby in recent seasons they have won six and drawn one of their last nine games against the Reds, including wins in their last three meetings.

Man of the match: If there was a villain of the match, several Reds players would have been in line - as they allowed their frustrations to get the better of them in the second half - especially Quade Cooper and Stephen Moore. Adam Coleman showed the way for his Force teammates with an incredible defensive performance, but our award goes to Force flyhalf Peter Grant, for his impeccable kicking display.

The scorers:

For the Reds:
Tries:
 Paia'aua, Tui, Moore 2
Cons: Cooper 3

For the Western Force:Tries: Haylett-Petty, Penalty try, Brache, Polota-Nau
Cons: Grant 2, Penalty try does not require a conversion
Pens: Grant 4

Yellow card: Nick Frisby (Reds, 44 - cynical foul, kicking the ball out of opponents hands), Eto Nabuli (Reds, 66 - foul play, high tackle)

Teams:

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sef Fa'agase.
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Lachlan Maranta.

Western Force: 15 Marcel Brache, 14 James Verity-Amm, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isireli Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Francois van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Mitchell Short, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Luke Morahan.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)


Duncan Paia'Aua (5min), Lukhan Tui (41min), Stephen Moore (49min), and Stephen Moore (57min)
TRIES
Ross Haylett-Petty (37min), Marcel Brache (61min), and Tatafu Polota-Nau (69min)
Quade Cooper (42min), Quade Cooper (50min), and Quade Cooper (58min)
CONVERSIONS
Peter Grant (38min), Peter Grant (62min), and Peter Grant (70min)
 
PENALTIES
Peter Grant (27min), Peter Grant (32min), Peter Grant (47min), and Peter Grant (73min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
43min
 
DROP GOALS
Nick Frisby (44min) and Eto Nabuli (65min)
 
 
VENUE Suncorp Stadium ( Queensland , Australia )
REFEREE Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)