The Reds have put an end to their feral season with a crippling loss to the NSW Waratahs, 3-34 at Suncorp stadium last night.
Things looked promising after Mike Harris slotted through a penalty goal to chalk up the first points of the match after just three minutes. Sadly though it would prove to be the Reds only points for the match. What followed was a litany of mistakes, cock-ups and a brilliant performance by Waratahs Mr. Fixit, Kurtley Beale.
The Waratahs went into this match minus their code-hopping uber-kid Israel Folau but you wouldn’t have known it. The ‘Tahs played like a complete squad and were ruthless in pulling the Reds’ pants down.
Ben Daley’s threats of smashing the ‘Tahs into the grandstand were quickly forgotten when Kurtley Beale bolted through the Reds defence and got the pill away to Jono Lance to dive across for a fair slab of meat in the 12th minute.
Beale seemed to be playing across the entire park. Beale ended up with two tries, three line-breaks, three tackle busts and a try assist. I swear he was even there in support of his own line-breaks: an impossibility really. But if there were two Kurtley’s out there it would explain a lot…
The only victory the Reds could claim out there last night was in dominating the line-outs. Horwill was a machine winning 10 line-outs in total. NSW wound up turning over six of their own line-outs: something they’ll have to work on before their first semi-finals matchup.
The ‘Tahs Sekope Kepu and Reds Sam Johnson were both yellow carded throughout the match while Waratah Michael Hooper was given a caution.
Now that the Reds season is finally over, hopefully they can start working toward rebuilding their decimated backline before next year. Rookie Fijian behemoth, Samu Kerevi shows promise in the backs. Throwing him in with Lachie Turner, Ben Tapuai and dream recruits James O’Connor, Joe Tomani and Karmichael Hunt would prove to be a potent mix.
Does the Reds future hold promise or are we destined to rattle around at the bottom of the ladder for another year or two?