Quick reactions There's never been more points scored at Suncorp Stadium in a Super Rugby match. Unfortunately for the Queensland Reds, 57 of them went to the Crusaders. The Reds defence has been awful of late but not many people would have seen that scoreline coming, especially with the Reds leading 17-16 at the break. They were stung by two quick tries in the first five minutes of the second half and to be frank, folded like a pack of cards. The game plan went out the window, the tackles were ineffectual and the kick-chase was dire and lacking effort. Is this the franchise that won the title in 2011? That effort seemed more like the horror days of 2009 - in fact, this is their longest losing streak since then, now stretching to five.
Oddly enough, there were a few good things. James Horwill pretty much left his soul buried in the middle of the park. The Reds managed to get a four-try bonus point and the crowd was 34,000. But you have to think laterally to come up with positives out of a performance like that.
The Crusaders were on fire in the second half, like a pitbull that had a whiff of blood once they ran in that pair of early tries. Johnny McNicholl was brilliant on the wing, Wyatt Crockett dominated the set piece and Colin Slade booted 11 from 11.
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Oh dear. Quade Cooper with a pass that not only goes a mile forward, it goes straight to McNicholl. Gallops away, kicks ahead, regains, scores. It's 57-29.
Colin Slade has knocked over 10 from 10 today. If he was a horse, a jockey might describe him as 'going good'.
TRY to the Reds. Nice cross kick from Cooper and Rob Simmons picks it up and dumps it down. Unbelievably, it's five tries to four and the Reds have managed to get a bonus point. Crusaders lead 50-29. Cooper converts from the sideline.
Slade should raise the bat here. The Crusaders get to their half century - the first time they've ever done so on Australian soil. It's a very sorry looking 50-22.
Reds just wandering around like Browns Cows. Cooper, who's had an ordinary second half it must be said, trying to find someone doing something in the backline and there's nothing. No movement, apart from general drifting in a general direction, no angles, no variety. And now a penalty to the Crusaders.
Reds get one back through Rod Davies and his very bright, clean and shiny jumper. Big mountain to climb, though. It's 47-22, kick to come from the sideline, 16 minutes to play.
Crowd is 34,010 here at Suncorp Stadium (thanks Rose). At least they're seeing a few tries. Wrong team. But tries.
It's becoming a rout. Cooper the only Reds defender in sight at the Crusaders scoot away once again. But it was his very ordinary kick that put them in another bad spot. Nadolo goes over for his second and adds a bit of spice to the put down. Reds roadkill at the moment and it's now 47-17.
Midfield kicking battle happening now and the Reds need something to happen very soon. They find themselves 16 points behind with 56 minutes to go. Actually, make that 21 points behind. TRY to the Luke Whitelock as the Reds FAIL to even contest a Crusaders kick. JJ Taulagi is getting a huge wake-up call tonight. It's now 40-17 to the Crusaders and the Reds leaking points once again. Sad to see.
Slade can't miss. That's seven from seven and the Crusaders lead 33-17.
This is one-way traffic at the moment. Pack of cards stuff from the Reds here. Another big push from the Crusaders but it's gone back up their end and the Cantabrians win the penalty. Slade will extend the lead you'd think.
Whoops. Reds concede two tries in the first five minutes of the second half. Johnny McNicholl scoots away and scores! Crusaders chip kicked from their end and the Reds chase was poor indeed. Just blasted through the gap and away he went. Wow.... Reds stung badly. Suddenly it's 30-17 and Slade has kicked six from six.
Luke Romano limps off. Change for the Crusaders as Jimmy Tupou takes the field.
Crusaders start off with an absolute juggernaut of a phase of plays and Wyatt Crockett barges over for a TRY. Nathan Sharpe declares it a 'real treat for all of the Mothers watching at home tonight'. It's 21-17 to the Crusaders.
Play has resumed here at the Gabba. Expecting a few twists and turns here.
Crockett causing havoc at the scrum but the Reds hold on and clear it before scampering off for halftime.
Alas, the Reds blasted at the scrum and the Crusaders win the penalty. Simplest of kicks for Slade and it's suddenly 17-16 to the Reds. Two minutes until the break.
The Crusaders lose it in attack after some promising build-up. James Horwill just working himself into the ground tonight. He never fails through lack of trying the big fella. Reds still lead 17-13 with five minutes until halftime.
Browning with a bad read on the Cooper pass. The five-eighth wanted him out of the way but the young flanker stuck the hands out at the pass at the last second and spills it.
Slade makes it three from three as the Crusaders win the penalty after the scrum. It's 17-13 in favour of the Reds.
Brilliant short ball from Cooper and Dom Shipperley goes over for his first try in, I don't know, it seems like about since he scored against the Tahs a few years ago to steal the opening round. Daley the hero with the lineout steal and it goes out to Cooper, who holds it up wonderfully for his winger. Shipperley hits the gap like he should and strolls over. Reds get two quick ones.... they lead 17-10 after 23 minutes. Kick was good.
Cooper is good from the sideline. Strikes it sweetly and it sails through. Scores locked up at 10-10 after 21 minutes.
Finally, they get one to stick. Big numbers out to the left, through the hands, it should be a try and it is as JJ Taualagi dives over in the corner. That's his first Super Rugby try and he's a happy kid. It's 10-8 kick to come. TRY to the Reds.
Kick is good - Cru lead 10-3 after 18 minutes. Some very promising stuff for the Reds but once again, they can't make it happen through the backs. Looks as clunky as the gearbox in my 120Y.
Oh dear. Harris, yet again, throws a poor pass. He's got absolutely no feel for the play at the moment and his timing if criminal. Reds lose it, Cru kick, Cooper chases, trips and is caught with the ball. Crusaders penalty. That's a train wreck of a play for Queensland and Slade will have a shot from in front.
Strife here for the Cru. Andy Ellis with an absolutely blatant infringement on Genia and he's shown the yellow card. Visitors down to 14 men.
Reds away through Shipperley! Back to Genia but the halfback is taken high. Play continues and Harris throws an absolute shocker. What a robotic attempt to swing it wide and it breaks down for the Reds. Story of their season. Goes back for the penalty, though.
Trivia: At 125kg, Nadolo weighs more than the entire Queensland backline.
Ben Daley stumbling around after that tackle but is up and about and seems to be mostly conscious. Maybe he wishes he was asleep though as the Cru go to the left and score the TRY through the enormous Nemani Nadolo. Super ball from Slade to Luke Whitelock and there was no stopping the winger from there. Conversion is good. Cru lead 7-3 after nine minutes.
Cooper puts the boot through it and the Reds lead 3-0 after four minutes.
Willing start here at Suncorp in just about dream conditions. Reds having a crack - as they should, nothing to lose - and SCOOP, McCaw gives away the penalty in the red zone as the Reds attack. Gift three for Cooper coming right up.