Quade kicks Reds to win

Quade Cooper slotted a late penalty to steal the Reds a victory over the Blues.

The Reds looked to be on the verge of going down, but managed the only points of the second half to secure a 12 – 11 win.

Quade Cooper kicked four penalties to lead the Reds to a tough win, completing the grand slam over their New Zealand opposition for the year. The Reds go to the top of the Australian conference while the Brumbies only play tomorrow.

The Blues will be kicking themselves after they were the dominant team throughout the match. They scored the only try of the match, through Jackson Willison in the first half, but couldn’t put their possession to use by scoring more.

It was an improved performance from the Blues, keeping possession for long periods, but not always using that possession to go forward, often sweeping left and right without gaining ground. Their efforts on defence were great, winning turnovers and making the breakdown very difficult for the Reds.

It wasn’t to be though as the Reds capitalised on the small deficit they had, remaining calm in the latter stages of the game, knowing a penalty or drop goal would result in a win for them. Ewen McKenzie will relieved as his team played well below par and still came away with four points, especially against the top New Zealand team.

The Reds travel to Perth to take on the Force while the Blues go home to host the Stormers.

Reds: 12 (9)

Penalties: Quade Cooper (4)

Blues: 11 (11)

Tries: Jackson Willison
Penalties: Chris Noakes (1), Albert Nikoro (1)

By Richard Ferguson