After a couple of weeks in the wilderness the Reds have finally burst into the winners circle again with a 22-17 win over the Stormers at Suncorp Stadium last night.
Conditions were hot, muggy and slippery in Brisbane after a week of solid rain, so no one was expecting a flashy game, it was always going to fall to the men up front to do the hard yakka.
Things got off to a shaky start when the Stormers kept finding themselves busting through the Reds line of defence. Damian De Allende wound up with the ball after the Stormers spread it out to the wing for De Allende to exploit an overlap and trot through for the first points of the night.
After a Cooper penalty the Reds struck back. Genia darted from the scrumbase and shot a pass to Dom Shipperley who tried his cuts out to crash over the line but was tackled short. Rob Simmons pulled the pill out of the ruck, ducked his head down and burrowed through the Stormers to fall over the line.
Just before full-time the Stormers managed to barge over for another try from a rare, successful line-out. Rookie, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, walked away with the points.
In the end the Stormers scored two tries to the Reds' one.
Yet again the match was won by Quade Cooper's boot. He slotted through a conversion, four penalties and a field goal to stitch up the game nicely for us.
For the first time in weeks the Reds even won the penalty count, which is a major coup for us so far this season because the Reds are statistically the most penalised side in the comp.
Beau Robinson also filled the massive shoes left by Liam Gill.
Are the Reds too dependent on Quade Cooper's boot to win games?