Dominance on display as Brumbies orchestrate a Reds roasting

Sat, Mar 30, 2024, 7:30 AM
Kate Holland takes a strong run during the Brumbies win over the Reds.
Kate Holland takes a strong run during the Brumbies win over the Reds.

The Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies have departed from Suncorp stadium as victors following their convincing 31-14 win over the Reds on Saturday evening.

The opening 10 minutes saw both sides launch into a grind despite the Reds being under heavy pressure early, as the Brumbies maintained good field position after showing off multiple dominant scrums.

The stalemate would finally be broken in the 18th minute following a dominant run from winger Biola Dawa creating momentum close to the Reds line. The opportunity was capitalised on by prop Sally Fuesaina proving unstoppable close to the line to find her second try of the season.

Following more heavy possession, the Brumbies would manage to find another opportunity in the 26th minute after a silky backline play sent Jemima McCalman past an exhausted home side defence for the second try of the evening in the left corner.

Soon after escaping their own half the Brumbies would continue to mount the pressure on the Queensland side, as Jemima McCalman crossed the paint untouched for her second try just six minutes after her first.

The Reds would refuse to go scoreless in the opening half however, as Liz Patu forced her way into the visitors in goal after finding herself in some advantageous broken play close to the line.

Brumbies skipper Siokapesi Palu then put an exclamation mark on her outstanding opening 40 as she barged over for a last minute try next to the sticks at the death of the half, setting up an easy conversion for fly half Faitala Moleka.

To open the second half, the Brumbies would pick up where they left off, with the visitors having no problems making their way up the field into enemy territory through a fiercely determined forward pack.

The Reds then began their attempt to claw their way back into the match as they would enter a lengthy grind for territory with the side from the capital that wouldn't relent until the 66th minute.

After enduring on onslaught from the Reds, the Brumbies found their way back into scoring form through Wallaroo Tabua Tuinakauvadra combining her footwork and strength to collect her first five-pointer of the season in the 66th minute.

The final try of the night would then fall the way of the home side as Corola Kreis would nab a consolation try for the Reds late in the 78th minute to finish the scoring.

Safeguard Global ACT Brumbies 31 (Tries: Sally Fuesaina, Jemima McCalman 2, Siokapesi Palu, Tabua Tuinakauvardra; Goals: Faitala Moleka 3) def. Queensland Reds 14 (Tries: Liz Patul, Corola Kreis; Goals: Lori Cramer 2)

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