Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Reds seal Rebels rout

Lachie Turner scored twice for the Reds

The Reds beat the Rebels 36-20 in Melbourne on Friday for their first back-to-back wins of the season.

They might have won by more such was their dominance in the match, but an extra-time try restored a little pride for a Rebels side run ragged.

The Reds scored six tries - their highest tally of the season - as reserve scrumhalf Nick Frisby scored two in the absence of Will Genia while Lachie Turner also claimed a brace. Mike Harris and Rod Davies got the others.

Under other circumstances neither Frisby nor Turner would have been playing, but Genia's ankle surgery saw Frisby start when Turner was a replacement when Dom Shipperley suffered an apparent broken ankle.

Although Harris nabbed a try, he struggled with the boot, missing four shots at goal to end his 100 per cent record for the season.

Even so, the Reds raced into a 22-3 lead by half-time and it was not until late on that the Rebels managed to rally with Luke Burgess and Bryce Hegarty crossing before Mitch Inman scored in extra time.

While the Reds could celebrate ending a five-match losing streak away from home, the Rebels were left to ponder a third-straight loss as they prepare for a tough trip to South Africa to play the Lions and the Bulls.

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