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Reds lose to Waratahs

Saturday April 29, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have lost 29-26 to the NSW Waratahs in Round 10 of Super Rugby at Suncorp Stadium.

Queensland Reds fullback Karmichael Hunt with the ball during the narrow defeat to the NSW Waratahs.
Photo courtesy of QRU Media Unit

The Reds, wearing a maroon strip for the first time since 2009, ran in four tries to the Waratahs two but Bernard Foley kicked the visitors to victory, nailing five penalty goals in front of 18,781 spectators.

The Reds led 19-17 at half time and scored the only try of the second half but were penalised nine times in the second half.

Head coach Nick Stiles said: “We’re just gutted with that result. I thought we played some really good Rugby, but in the second half we couldn’t get any momentum, we couldn’t get out of our half. Read more

Late penalty seals draw in Durban

Sunday April 23, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have secured the first draw in the club’s history with a kick after the siren to seal a 9-9 draw against the Sharks at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Saturday night.

For the second week in a row, the boot of Reece Hodge secured the points for the Rebels.

The try-less game saw both sides finish the game with three penalties a piece and a man down after two red cards. Read more

Australia finish Singapore Sevens in fourth place

Sunday April 16, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished the Singapore 7s in fourth place after falling to England in the Third Place Play Off 12-14.

Australia’s Timothy Anstee goes on the charge against South Africa on day two of the Singapore Sevens.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

Australia defeated World Series leaders, South Africa in the Quarter Finals with a stunning come from behind 19-17 victory. Progressing to the top four, a quick American outfit accounted for Australia 7-40 before the men in gold fell in a tight battle against England 12-14.

The injury ravaged Aussie 7s were without veterans Ed Jenkins and James Stannard who were unable to play after injuries suffered on day one of the tournament.

It was left to the next generation of Aussie 7s talent to stand up with Tom Lucas, John Porch, Henry Hutchison, Charlie Taylor and Lachie Anderson all making an impact throughout the day. Read more

Late penalty seals Rebels win

Saturday April 15, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels came from behind to claim their first win of the season when they defeated the Brumbies, 19-17 at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Saturday night.

A late penalty by Reece Hodge in the dying minutes sealed the win over the Australian Conference leaders and capped off celebrations for foundation player Laurie Weeks’ 100th Super Rugby appearance.

The Rebels opened the scoring first when Hodge booted the hosts to a 3-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes. Read more

Australia through to the Singapore Sevens Quarter-Finals

Saturday April 15, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team are through to the Quarter-Finals in Singapore after finishing top of Pool C with three straight wins on day one.

Australia will play England in the Cup Quarter-Final at 2:52pm AEST on Sunday April 16, after victories against Samoa, Kenya and Argentina on Saturday.

It wasn’t without casualty though, with skipper Tom Lucas set to be monitored overnight while experienced duo James Stannard (nose) and Ed Jenkins (shoulder) won’t play any part on day two. Read more

Queensland Reds beat Southern Kings

Saturday April 15, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have defeated the Southern Kings 47-34 in their Round Eight Super Rugby match at Suncorp Stadium.

Queensland Reds scrumhalf James Tuttle in action against the Southern Kings.
Photo courtesy of QRU Media Unit

It was the first time that the Reds had met South Africa’s Southern Kings and both teams took advantage of the 3:00pm kick off, showing an intention to play expansively.

Karmichael Hunt, Eto Nabuli and Izaia Perese all crossed for doubles as the Reds ran in seven tries to five.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles said: “We’re just stoked with the win. It’s been a difficult start to the season, so to run out at our home ground tonight and earn a win for ourselves and our fans is really rewarding. Read more

ARU to consult Force and Rebels

Monday April 10, 2017 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today confirmed that one Australian team will be removed from Super Rugby when the competition reverts to a 15-team, three-conference format in 2018.

SANZAAR’s announcement of the competition restructure on Sunday followed a month of stakeholder consultation after the SANZAAR Executive Committee formed a consensus view on Super Rugby returning to a 15-team format at its March meeting in London.

ARU Chairman Cameron Clyne said: “It is important for me to clarify firstly that the decision to remove a Super Rugby team from Australia was a decision made by the ARU, not by SANZAAR. Read more

Australia finish third at the Hong Kong Sevens

Sunday April 9, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has finished in third place at the Hong Kong 7s after defeating the USA 26-19.

Earlier in the day the Aussie 7s accounted for Argentina 21-12 in the Quarter Final before falling to a rampant Fiji 12-33 in the Semi Final.

Australia has been drawn in Pool C for the Singapore Sevens next weekend and will take on Argentina, Kenya and Samoa. Read more

Australia top Pool, progress to Quarter Finals

Saturday April 8, 2017 by  

The Australian Men’s Sevens team has made the top eight of the Hong Kong Sevens and will compete in the Quarter Finals after finishing in first position in Pool A having defeated Samoa, South Korea and England.

Australia will play the second-place finisher in Pool D in either USA or Argentina at 12:58pm AEST on Sunday April 9.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach Andy Friend said: “I thought it was a great game of Rugby when we beat England. For our blokes to hold on and get that win, showed a lot of character and it’s really good for their momentum and confidence. Read more

Australia starts Hong Kong Sevens with a win

Friday April 7, 2017 by  

Australia has defeated Samoa 22-19 in the opening game of the 2017 Hong Kong Sevens, to put them in a strong position in Pool A.

Australia’s Ed Jenkins tackled by a couple of Samoan defenders during the Hong Kong Sevens opening match.
Photo courtesy of Martin Seras Lima/World Rugby

It was a special occasion for Australian veteran Ed Jenkins, who earned his 50th Sevens cap when he ran out against Samoa in Hong Kong.

Australia will play England and South Korea on day two of the tournament tomorrow, as they push to secure progression through to the Quarter Finals.

Australian Men’s Sevens Head Coach, Andy Friend said: “It was a really important match for us and a really dangerous match for us. Read more