The Reds have beaten the Waratahs 25-17 at Suncorp Stadium in a pretty willing derby. The Reds skipped out to a 17-3 lead after just 15 minutes before the Tahs levelled it at 17-all in the second half. But it was a bullocking run from Ed Quirk as he set up Ben Tapuai that made the difference. Both sides were out on their feet and it was waiting for someone to bust the game open. Quirk was the man tonight and he saves the day for the Reds.
The Tahs showed some good intent tonight but may not have the cattle to execute that game plan just yet, or need more time to work on their cohesion when they spin it wide. Foley did a good job or distributing the ball but too often it went sideways with no straight running.
The Reds backrow of Jake Schatz, Quirk and Liam Gill was superb.
Fulltime has sounded and that's a penalty to the Reds. And they are going to run it and have a crack at a bonus point. No dice.
Huge shot from Ioane on Folau. Just crunched him and forced the turnover. Can't blame Folau there - it was a complete hospital ball and Ioane was buried in his ribs the moment he caught the ball. Reds lead 25-17 with 30 seconds on the clock.
Kane Douglas = implosion. The Tahs win the ball, spin it wide, then he throws it to nobody and it rolls harmlessly into touch. That could have been their chance.
TRY to the Reds! What a run from Ed Quirk to set that up. Just powered through five defenders and looked like he'd go all the way himself. Folau rounds him up eventually but Ben Tapuai on hand to run a metre and score. That's a hell of a run. It started as he brushed off Kane Douglas and then it was all ahead of him. What a moment for the Reds. Harris misses the kick. Reds lead 25-17 with five to play.
The Tahs attack but Cooper is cleaned up off the ball and the Reds get a penalty. They ledger is being squared a bit late in the game. I make the count 10-6 to the Tahs, who are back with the ball incidentally.
He's kicked it! I gave him no chance but he's made it with change. Stabbed it low and hard and the Reds lead 20-17. There's still 11 minutes on the clock. The Mike Harris range is officially 49.5 metres.
The Reds have the line out pilfered and Ewen McKenzie must be having a coronary. But that will cheer him up as the Reds win the ball back on the ground and manage to get a penalty in the process. Mike Harris is going to have a shot here, about 49m out. I'm not sure he has the legs to get this. Shows the Reds need a spell. It's 17-all.
Cooper loses it in the tackle, or tried to pass it, or something. I can't tell anymore. This is horrible.
James Hanson tags out Saia Faingaa and takes that throw. Reds finally on the attack but getting a pounding from the Tahs forwards. And now they've knocked it on. Now Wallace-Harrison takes over from O'Donaghue. This game has been frantic and brutal and it's starting to show, for the Reds at least. It's 17-all.
John Ulugia demolishes Jake Schatz. And now the Reds give the ball away. The Tahs chase hard and had the Reds in strife but Queensland get the penalty. They are holding on by the skin of their teeth now. Tahs size and strength just too much at this point. But another penalty to the Reds and they need these. Folau the man done for being a bit cheeky around the ruck.
Foley gets it. Scores are level at Suncorp Stadium. It's 17-all between the Reds and the Tahs but it's the men from south of the border with all the running as we hit the 60 minute mark.
TRY to the Tahs. It's Ben Volavola and the Reds are gassing up badly. Volavola found himself up against Mike Harris in the backline and just had way too much pace. Harris can kick, can't run. Kick to come. It's 17-15.
Cooper was hammered in that last exchange but managed to stab a decent kick down into the Tahs 22, which was kicked out by Volavola. Folau thought about hoofing it but opted to pass it wide, which was the right thing to do. Now the Tahs back in control, forcing a turnover and winning the attacking line out. Pouring on the pressure now. Reds need a lift. They lead 17-10.
The Reds manage to win the scrum, Cooper clears off a scrappy pass and... Drew Mitchell drops an absolute sitter. Another gift to the Reds and maybe that's the play that releases the pressure. Polota-Nau and Kepu off for the Tahs, Paddy Ryan and Ulugia take the field.
The Tahs have butchered that! Volavola, what was he doing? They had the Reds on toast out to the left and the pass was average. Instead of picking it up, he tried to flick it on to Chapman, who couldn't get the handle. The Reds can count themselves very lucky there. Tahs well on top at the moment in basically every aspect bar the scoreboard. Reds lead 17-10 but for how much longer?
Now a Reds knock on, just after they forced the turnover. Tahs scrum 30m out. Great spot for them to attack if they can find that man Folau. The Reds cannot take a trick at the moment and this is a huge test of character for them early in the season and a loss already under their belt.
And another penalty to the Tahs, this time Ed O'Donaghue at fault. Apparently tackled a player without the ball. Queensland getting hammered by the ref here. They need to pull their heads in with the penalty count now 9-2. Nick Frisby now on the park for Ben Lucas. I can sense a momentum shift towards the Tahs. Reds lead 17-10.
MASSIVE scrum from the Tahs and they win it against the feed. And now a mini-stoush after the Tahs win the penalty. That's more like it lads.
Cooper with the little grubber and that's a handy kick, although the Tahs have managed to scramble and survive. Foley managed to plant the ball but there could be a Tahs knock-on in the preceding play. Reds scrum five metres out from the Waratah line. Good chance to get a few points back after that Folau try.
Lucky deflection on the pass for the Tahs and I think Folau has scored his first try in Super Rugby. IT's going upstairs but this should be ok. It bounced off Ioane in the tackle, the ricochet went to Foley, who found Folau open on the right and he stumbles over the line. It's a TRY for the Tahs. McKibbon has been rotated out of kicking duties and Foley lines this one up. He gets it - game on at Suncorp. REDS 17 WARATAHS 10.
Harris hits the posts! But no love on the follow up and the Tahs run it out of danger - and now get their eighth penalty of the night. Queensland not really helping their cause with all these discipline lapses. Reds lead 17-3. Change for the Tahs, with Tilse off for Robinson and Volavola on for Ashley-Cooper.
There's a penalty to the Reds and that's just their second penalty of the night. Mike Harris is going to have a ping here. He's about 30m out and just right of the sticks. The Fox guys giving plenty of praise to the Reds backrow tonight and they are on the money. Schatz, Gill and Quirk have been good.
A long injury delay there but Palu rejoins the fray to pack down in the scrum. The Tahs are 10m out from their line and will try and clear thisfrom danger. The kick sails across the 22m line and the Reds will get a nice look early in the second half if they can win this throw, which they do.
Play has resumed. Let's see what the Tahs can do to get back into this one as they trail 17-3. I'm guessing Michael 'Chubby' Cheika had a few ideas to throw around in the rooms. James Slipper off for the Reds, Ben Tapuai the acting skipper. Palu down for the Tahs now. This doesn't look good. He hasn't moved.
HALFTIME: The Reds will be much happier than they were last week against the Brumbies. The home side have defended valiantly, breaking down wave after wave of Waratah attacks. The visitors have had plenty of the ball, but their execution has been too sloppy to reap any rewards. It's set up for a fascinating second half here. Fingers crossed for no more technical hitches!
Folau puts a nice inside ball into Kingston's breadbasket, and the Tahs are attacking as the hooter goes. Palu has knocked-on, and that's halftime folks. REDS 17 WARATAHS 3.
Now Harris has put it out on the full. Not a good finish to the half here from either side. Halftime can't come soon enough for these two.
And the Tahs cough it up again. Saia Faingaa scoops up the scraps and the Reds are pouring forward. They have the ball in the centre of the park, but they've given it away. Liam Gill coudln't hang on in contact. Drew Mitchell shanks his clearance into touch and there'll be another chance for the Reds before halftime.
Scrambling defence saves the day for the Waratahs. Adam Ashley-Cooper coughed it up there as the team in light blue tried to make something happen. It's not going their way so far tonight. The Tahs have the ball in their own half.
Gremlins again, so to catch you up, it was a knock-on, and we remain at 17-3 to the Reds, who are on the rampage upfield.
And hang on! Kane Douglas may have scored! He's chased the loose ball and shown great speed for a huge man! Was in a foot race with Cooper, whose kick was charged down. I think he's knocked this on, or at the very least he's short of the line. Reds scrum - Qld hold on to the 17-3 lead.
Tahs on the deck. It's Ashley-Cooper I think. Was chasing the kick and had a bingle with Mike Harris. That's a penalty to the Tahs - although not a great look getting belted by Mike Harris. Reds lead 17-3, Tahs line up the shot through McKibbon. He misses again! From in front! The only time he can make decent contact against the Reds is in the 79th minute.
A completely unnecessary behind-the-back pass from Cooper to Gill there. Looked good. Made at least an extra metre.
Folau was the man who swooped in and cleaned that up before sending it to Foley for the clearance. Nice read from big Israel there. No doubt they Tahs have the supremacy in the physical play but the Reds holding their own at this point. It's working on the scoreboard - they lead 17-3.
Now Gill back on for the Reds as they pack an attacking scrum right in front. On the move again but the grubber is collected and cleared by Foley.
It breaks down for the Tahs as Folau turns it over. Chris F'Sautia in the clear and is caught as the Tahs get it back but it's down the wrong end for them. Reds finding gaps with ease and really taking advantage of the turnovers. On the attack again - they lead 17-3.
Nice phase play from the Tahs and the Reds a man down for this whole stretch as Liam Gill is taken off the field. He's in Disneyland. Butler to come on - he gives them size but not that skill on the deck as yet. Penalty now to the Tahs and they take the line out. Reds lead 17-3 and defending their line.
And now the Tahs miss a penalty from right in front. Goodness me. The crowd loves that as well. Reds still up 17-3.
What about this - the Reds lead 17-3 after just 15 minutes. Amazing start here at Suncorp Stadium.
The Reds allllll over them now and they get a penalty right in front. They look absolutely terrific with the ball in hand and the big Tahs pack is struggling to keep up with this frantic play. Reds lead 14-3 and there's more on the way.
Harris is good with the conversion and the Reds are out to a 14-3 lead after just 12 minutes. What a start for the home side.
Another TRY to the Reds, this time an intercept and Ben Tapuai bolts away. Two tries in four minutes and the Tahs are on the ropes. It's 12-3 with the Harris kick on the way.