It’s 20-36 victories like this that beg the question: where have these Reds been all year?? The Reds completely blitzed the Melbourne Rebels down south last night in a truly inspiring display that wasn’t without its fair share of struggles.
The Reds lost Dom Shipperley, early to a suspected broken ankle. Lachie Turner burst on to the scene to fill Shipperley’s wing position and within minutes Turner was sprinting away and crossing the chalk for the first try of the game.
From hero to villain, Turner was later shown a yellow card and given his marching orders, leaving the Reds a man down. Minus a man the Reds hit again through Mike Harris who was the beneficiary of a Ben Tapuai chip.
The ledger was evened up a bit when Mitch Inman, from the Rebels, was given a yellow card for a late hit on Beau Robinson. Again the Reds were able to capitalise from a maul. Greg Holmes darted for the line but was brought down just short, luckily he was able to pass the pill to Nick Frisby to dive over for a good ol’ meat pie.
Turner and Frisby went on to notch up doubles each.
The Rebels attempted a last minute blitz but it was all to no avail. The Reds, unlike the season thus far, were able to hold off and close out the match.
It was a complete performance from the Reds whose forward pack was lead by Horwill, Holmes and Slipper. The game was controlled expertly by Ben Lucas and Nick Frisby and our diminishing backline all worked hard.
Next week’s match against the Western Force will be a real test of the Reds backline stocks, because we will be missing Anthony Fainga’a and Dom Shipperley due to injuries.
If we are able to replicate last night’s performance though, the Force may be in for a bit of trouble.
Were you impressed with the Reds’ performance last night? Are Genia and Cooper's positions now open to debate following Lucas and Frisby's performance last night?