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Controversial Reds Loss

  • Controversial Reds Loss

The Rebels have finally beaten the Queensland Reds during the Super Rugby season with a contentious 27-30 win. 

The game was marred from start to finish with dodgy calls involving former Red turned Rebel Scott Higginbotham. Higgers was given a yellow card early on for a late hit that flattened Mike Harris. It couldn't have been too bad though because Harris was the man to pull the Rebels pants down and cross the line while Melbourne were a man down. 

The game was locked up at 27 a-piece when a scuffle broke out between Higginbotham and Ed O'Donoghue. Apparently the stoush began after an alleged head-butt from Higgers. The Rebel's Sean McMahon was initially penalised for being third man in. But then the Television Match Official called down to overturn the decision and penalise O'Donoghue for eye gouging who was eventually given a red card. This gifted the Rebels a penalty shot from right in front which Jason Woodward did not miss. 

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Now you know a decision is weak when the usually cool, calm and collected Reds Captain, James Horwill, lashes out. In an interview with Fox Sports after the match Horwill said "We were again robbed by a stupid refereeing decision." Despite the lunacy of the call I can almost hear SANZAR rubbing their hands together at the thought of reprimanding and fining Horwill for his comments. 

In between all of this madness Quade Cooper was squashed in a pack-tackle that left him with a pretty serious shoulder injury which looks to have ruled him out of the Wallabies tour. 

Luke Burgess was an absolute gun for the Rebels scoring a double before falling victim to a knee injury. Before his injury Burgess was in a bit of a broo-ha-ha with Greg Holmes in back play. 

Underneath all the weirdness of this game the fact still remains that the Reds lost again. This defeat has condemned them to the bottom of the Aussie Conference, something that hasn't happened in years. 

Where can the Reds go from here? Was the TMO's eye-gouging decision fair and warranted? 

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