Reds open account with victory over Cheetahs
March 1, 2009
The Reds celebrate scoring a try at the Suncorp Stadium
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The Reds notched their first win of this year's Super 14 campaign with a 22-3 victory over the Cheetahs at Suncorp Stadium.
The victory lifted the Australian side off the bottom of the Super 14 table at the expense of their South African opponents who are still without a win this season.
The Cheetahs opened the scoring with an early penalty from fly-half Jaques-Louis Potgeiter but failed to capitalise as the Reds dominated possession and territory to score three unanswered tries.
Fullback Mark McLinden scored their first with scrum-half Ben Lucas slotting the extras. Centre Digby Ioane and and winger Peter Hynes added second half tries to wrap up the game.
Lock Hugh McMeniman also crossed in the second half but his try was disallowed for an infringement by Quade Cooper in the lead-up to the score, thus denying the Reds a bonus point.
"With the opportunities that we generated and the monopoly of field position and territory we could quite easily have put a score above 50," Reds coach Phil Mooney said. "We had the opportunity to score another four, five or six tries. We actually got the ball across the line four times, but one was disallowed," Mooney said. "I thought it was pretty unlucky that it was brought back.
"To me that is one of the quirks of the game. When a referee is closer than the assistant referee and he can make a decision when you've played five, six, seven phases after it… and then someone with a worse view can come out and make a statement and the try is overturned."
"There's only one way to describe it, it was shocking from us," Cheetahs skipper Juan Smith said.
Reds: Mark McLinden, Brando Va'aulu, Digby Ioane, Berrick Barnes (captain), Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas; Leroy Houston, Daniel Braid, Scott Higginbotham, Hugh McMeniman, Van Humphries, Laurie Weeks, Sean Hardman, Greg Holmes.
Replacements: Saia Faingaa, Dayna Edwards, Adam Byrnes, Tasi Luafutu, Will Genia, Anthony Faingaa, Blair Connor.
Cheetahs: Hennie Daniller, Fabian Juries, Corne Uys, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Jongi Nokwe, Meyer Bosman, Tewis de Bruyn, Frans Viljoen, Juan Smith (capt), Heinrich Brussow, David de Villiers, Nico Breedt, Bees Roux, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez.
Replacements: Richardt Strauss, Kobus Calldo, Wayne van Heerden, Hendro Scholtz, Sarel Pretorius, Piet van Zyl, Hanno Coetzee/Danwel Demas.