Taniela Tupou has limped off with a calf injuries and the Queensland Reds’ horror file towards New Zealand Super Rugby rivals worsened in a irritating decline to the Chiefs.
The Chiefs gained 27-25 at Suncorp Stadium on Friday, All Black Quinn Tupaea making a match-turning participate in when he ran from his reverse wing to by some means stop Fraser McReight scoring a go-forward try out.
As a substitute they raced down the other close, Jock Campbell was yellow-carded for a deliberate knock down and then No.8 Pita Gus Sowakula scored to put the site visitors forward 27-18.
A crimson-card for Chiefs substitute Samipeni Finau for a marginal large shot on McReight opened the door for the Reds with 5 minutes to perform.
Hunter Paisami scored nearly immediately but from the restart was penalised for obstruction, bumping into 5-eighth Lawson Creighton in a seemingly innocuous incident.
A Chiefs knock-on from the scrum presented them one past possibility following the siren, only for the Reds to be penalised for an additional ruck infringement.
The loss was the 22nd in their previous 24 games in opposition to New Zealand opposition for the Reds, who are reigning Australian domestic champions.
The final result also observed the Reds (7-3) fall out of Super Rugby Pacific’s leading four, the Chiefs (7-3) jumping them on proportion in a critical race for a household final.
Scrums, mauls and the breakdown ended up dominated by the people, who relished a 15-8 penalty count in their favour.
Wallabies scrum cornerstone Tupou seemed hobbled from the outset but was down for fantastic when he copped a stray boot in the back again of his leg in a scrum on halftime.
Trailing 13-6 just after Harry Wilson’s try out, the Chiefs took their probability to url recurring scrums with each other on the back of penalties.
They lastly crossed 7 minutes soon after the halftime siren experienced sounded, halfback Cortez-Lee Ratima’s check out sending them to the sheds amount.
A lot more Reds faults stacked the pressure on from the restart, hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho strolling more than following a lineout steal for the Chiefs and Harry Wilson yellow-carded for repeated workforce infringements.
Livewire halfback Tate McDermott’s fumble from a kick return then labored in his favour, the halfback darting into the very clear and setting up Josh Flook for a try towards the grain.
A flying McReight should really have scored up coming but was pulled down just shy of the line by Tupaea in a enjoy that proved the big difference.