The Reds were finally able to sneak away with a nerve-rattling 38-31 win over the Highlanders last night. The Highlanders evened up the scores at 31-all in the 79th minute which game me horrid visions of another wasted chance.
We prevailed! We persevered! We bloody won! After 18 phases, 85 metres and two and a half minutes after the match should have been over Will Genia threw the final ball on the Highlanders line for Jake Schatz to score the easiest match winning try of his career. Genia converted the try in celebration of a victory on his 100th capped game.
Curtis Browning opened the scoring for the Reds when he ducked down and burrowed his way over the Highlanders line. That triggered a bit of a first half blitz from the Reds. ’Rocket’ Rod Davies scored an opportunistic try after Highlanders fly-half Lima Sopoaga spilled a Genia kick in goal. Rocket just had to pounce on the pill to score. Dom Shipperley got in on the action scoring a try in the first half too.
The Reds took a 21-0 lead into the sheds at half time.
After the break the Highlanders mounted a worrying fight back that culminated in the 79th minute try causing a draw that sent any right-thinking Queenslander into a dizzying panic fit.
It was great for the Reds to finally win a milestone match this year. Two ton’s and two half ton milestones have been lost.
In a bit of a kick in the guts Mike Harris – who is Melbourne bound – had an absolutely cracking game running the ball and with the boot, converting four tries and a penalty.
Is this performance a bit too late or relieving to see?