Rugged Reds bury Mitchell’s Brazilian Blues in Brisbane

The Reds beat the Bulls 20-14 to record just their second successive Super Rugby win for the first time since May-June 2014.

For the improving, but hapless Bulls, it means they have won two of their last 20 matches overseas since Round 10, 2016.

The Blues, playing in their away Brazilian strip of yellow, blue and white, were brave in defence and busy for 80 minutes. But they weren’t good enough to win.

The OptaStats data also reveals that each of the last 12 meetings between the Reds and Bulls has been won by the home team. This was the first match play in Brisbane between the two teams in five years.

The Bulls struck early for a seven point advantage and led 14-3 midway through the first half. The Reds changed ends 14-10 down but dominated the second half and were far more convincing victors than the six point margin suggests.

Scorers:

Reds 20 (10)

Try: Caleb Timu, Aidan Toua

Conversions: James Tuttle (2)

Penalty: Jono Lance

Penalty: Tuttle

Bulls 14 (14)

Tries: Warrick Gelant, Andre Warner

Conversions: Handre Pollard (2)

How the Oracle  called the odds in the Betting Preview 

Keo Live Match Centre Commentary, powered by Opta

How Sport24 depicted the Bulls’s agony at another overseas loss 

Jesse Kriel (Getty)
 Opta Powered Live Match Centre run of play
  • It’s all over! The referee has blown his whistle to end the game.
  • 80+1Samu Kerevi has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 80+1Jono Lance has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 78This is dangerous for the defence as Marco van Staden bursts through to advance the Bulls attack.
  • 78Bulls have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 77Adam Korczyk has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 77A gap opened in the defence and Warrick Gelant took full advantage.
  • 75Jono Lance kicks the penalty.
  • 73Reds have won 100 rucks so far this game.
  • 72Sef Fa’agase comes on.
  • 72Taniela Tupou comes off.
  • 67Trevor Nyakane has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 63Reds decide to make a substitution, with Harry Hockings getting some game time.
  • 63Reds decide to make a substitution, with Kane Douglas being replaced.
  • 63Bulls make a substitution with Marco van Staden coming on.
  • 63Bulls make a substitution with RG Snyman coming off.
  • 63The defensive line has been broken as Warrick Gelant goes through the gap.
  • 62Reds sub Alex Mafi comes onto the field.
  • 62Brandon Paenga-Amosa departs for Reds.
  • 60Angus Scott-Young comes on for Reds.
  • 60Liam Wright leaves the field.
  • 58What a run here by Jono Lance as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 56Embrose Papier comes on.
  • 56Andre Riaan Warner comes off.
  • 55Reds have won 80 rucks so far this game.
  • 54Tate McDermott comes on.
  • 54James Tuttle comes off.
  • 54Lizo Gqoboka comes on.
  • 54Pierre Schoeman comes off.
  • 54Bulls decide to make a substitution, with Jason Jenkins getting some game time.
  • 54Bulls decide to make a substitution, with Hanro Liebenberg being replaced.
  • 53Samu Kerevi makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 52Nick de Jager has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 51Reds have won 60 rucks so far this game.
  • 51Pierre Schoeman has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 50Bulls make a substitution with Marnitz Boshoff coming on.
  • 50Bulls make a substitution with John-Ben Kotze coming off.
  • 48Bulls sub Adriaan Strauss comes onto the field.
  • 48Jaco Visagie departs for Bulls.
  • 48Lodewyk De Jager has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 46Jean-Pierre Smith comes on for Reds.
  • 46James Slipper leaves the field.
  • 46James Tuttle does the business as his conversion attempt goes over.
  • 45Spellbinding play by Brandon Paenga-Amosa is finished off with a try.
  • 45Silky skills by Reds ends with a try for Aidan Toua.
  • 45Fabulous play by Reds has led to Filipo Daugunu being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 43Bulls have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 43Trouble here as Handre Pollard breaches the defence.
  • 42This is dangerous for the defence as Lodewyk De Jager bursts through to advance the Bulls attack.
  • 40Handre Pollard has made 10 good tackles so far this game.
  • 40Trevor Nyakane comes on.
  • 40Frans van Wyk comes off.
  • 40The second half is underway.
  • 40The half-time whistle blows and both teams’ head for the dressing rooms.
  • 38A gap opened in the defence and Samu Kerevi took full advantage.
  • 37The defensive line has been broken as Caleb Timu goes through the gap.
  • 37James Tuttle makes no mistake with that conversion attempt.
  • 35Taniela Tupou played a key part in that try.
  • 35A wonderful passing move by Reds is finished off by Caleb Timu.
  • 35What a run here by Caleb Timu as they gets over the gainline!.
  • 35Liam Wright makes the break as the defence re-enacts the parting of the red sea.
  • 34Fabulous play by Reds has led to Filipo Daugunu being able to wriggle through a gap.
  • 32Reds have won 40 rucks so far this game.
  • 25Handre Pollard converts the try.
  • 25That’s a great try assist by John-Ben Kotze.
  • 25Trouble here as Travis Ismaiel breaches the defence.
  • 24A series of passes by Bulls results in a try for Andre Riaan Warner.
  • 24Bulls have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 23James Tuttle has kicked a penalty goal.
  • 19What a tackle there by Andre Riaan Warner as he saves a certain try!.
  • 19This is dangerous for the defence as Taniela Tupou bursts through to advance the Reds attack.
  • 19Reds have won 20 rucks so far this game.
  • 7A gap opened in the defence and Hanro Liebenberg took full advantage.
  • 5Handre Pollard has kicked a conversion.
  • 4The defensive line has been broken as Warrick Gelant goes through the gap.
  • 4Jesse Kriel sets up the try.
  • 4Great hands by Bulls leads to a try for Warrick Gelant.
  •  We are underway as the referee blows his whistle.

Reds – 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Filipo Daugunu , 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jono Lance, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Caleb Timu, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper (c).
Subs: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Sef Fa’agase, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Duncan Paia’aua

Bulls – 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Johnny Kotze, 11 Duncan Matthews, 10 Handré Pollard (c), 9 André Warner, 8 Nic de Jager, 7 Hanro Liebenberg, 6 Roelof Smit, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Jaco Visagie, 1 Pierre Schoeman
Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Jason Jenkins, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Marnitz Boshoff, 23 Divan Rossouw

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