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Reds in record boilover

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, In the news, Super 14 on 15 Mar 2008 at 13:33
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Fired-up Queensland pulled off the biggest turnaround in Super rugby history with a stunning 40-8 upset win over the Bulls at Suncorp Stadium.

Foxsports reports that Queensland gained immediate revenge for the darkest day in the state’s proud rugby history when they were humiliated 92-3 in Pretoria in last season’s last round.

Their five-tries-to-one victory over the ill-disciplined Bulls marked a remarkable 121-point turnaround that may never be eclipsed.

Coach Phil Mooney made six changes to the side that fell 34-16 to the Stormers last week and also handed the captaincy to heroic half-back Sam Cordingley.

When under-fire New South Wales recruit Morgan Turinui capped his best game in maroon with a try in the 72nd minute from a Quade Cooper chip, the Reds had secured their first bonus-point victory in four years.

Former skipper John Roe then celebrated a bitter-sweet week by barging over for his fifth five-pointer of the season after a storming run from talismanic full-back Chris Latham.

Close mates Latham and Turinui, both off the boil in the past three weeks, sparked the young Queenslanders in the first half and were crucial when the Pretoria-based reigning champions promised a fightback midway through the second half. The amazed 14,411-strong crowd gave the Reds a standing ovation as they left the field.

“I’m so proud of the boys,” stand-out leader Cordingley told Fox Sports.

“They’ve copped a lot the last few weeks. I just asked them to trust each other.

“That’s probably one of our best performances in a long time.”

Mooney rated the cherished upset a “defining moment” for the rebuilding Reds.

“It’s a great moment for Queensland rugby,” he said.

“Right from the first kick-off our young guys really aimed up.

“We’ve been hearing since last year all about Pretoria so we wanted payback.”

Clinton Schifcofske bagged a career-best haul of 20 points, including a crucial 52nd-minute try when South Africa winger Bryan Habana embarrassingly fumbled a kick through on the Reds line.


  • I think that’s a record that will stand for a veeeeeeery long time

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.03.08 13:36:17 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • A team built around one great player (Latham) and this match was all about courage and committment. They outmuscled, but more importantly, out-thought the Bulls who figured they just had to run onto the pitch and after the 92-3 victory last year, the tries would come thick and fast.

    It’s what happens on the day…

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.03.08 13:50:47 by hellbent Reply
  • From the Bulls site:

    The Queensland Reds restored their pride following last year’s 92-3 thrashing at the hands of the Vodacom Bulls when they managed to beat them 40-8 in Brisbane on Saturday.
    The Reds were leading 13-3 at the break and although the Bulls did not convert quite a number of opportunities into points they still looked as if they could win the match.

    After the break the Reds’ wing Peter Hynes increased his team’s lead to 20-3 when he dived over for their second try, but a few moments after Hynes’ try Fourie du Preez gathered a pass that went astray to score the Bulls first try.

    At this stage the score was 20-8 but when Derick Hougaard received his yellow card in the 50th minute things turned ugly for the Bulls.

    The Bulls made error upon error in the last 30 minutes and the fact that they conceded more than 20 turnovers did not help their cause. In the modern game a turnover is the most costly mistake a team can make and the Reds surely punished the Bulls relentlessly.

    The Bulls’ handling in the last part of the game was quite poor and one could see that the players are getting all the more frustrated as the match went along.

    On a positive note one can say that the Bulls got enough possession from the scrums and the lineouts but the way they utilized the ball weren’t very effective. The coaching staff will obviously be disappointed with the team’s performance but it was an away game following almost a 24hour flight around the world and the sooner they forget about this match the better.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.03.08 14:41:42 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • The Stormers had a trip from hell to Brisbane (a lot longer than 24 hours), arrived in Brisbane without their kit, played the same Reds team and gave them a klap.

    The Bulls shouldn’t FORGET about this game they should learn from it. Even learn from the Stormers IMO.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.03.08 14:44:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • but the way they utilized the ball weren’t very effective.

    Do you think they even read the kakpraat they maak?

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.03.08 14:57:52 by hellbent Reply
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  • Comment 6, posted at 15.03.08 15:08:25 by jarsonx Reply
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  • HB

    I didn’t even notice that. 🙂

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.03.08 15:17:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Bulls were an absolute disgrace. Playing some of the dumbest rugby I’ve ever witnessed. And who’s bright idea was it to play Steyn at fullback? 😯

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.03.08 16:39:15 by Villie Reply
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  • “had secured their first bonus-point victory in four years.”

    That sums it up nicely as an epitaph to the Bulls performance

  • Comment 9, posted at 16.03.08 13:57:28 by Sauce Reply
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