It wasn’t easy, but he did it. The game at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane had emotional overtones and it was Reds who managed to figure out how to unravel the road to the final against the Brumbies. With a good second half where he made a difference, he beat Rebels 25-13 and the dream continues for another week. I relived point to point.
There was no respite, although Reds began more attentive with an interception by Jordan Petaia to Matt Tomua in his field that was lethal to reach the ingoal and open the scoring. Then there was a lot of fight between the two who had a chance to get to add, but they still needed to refine the final stitch.
Thus came the penalties. Matt Tomua first, after a scrum, and James o´Connor later, one by side to keep the difference of seven points. However, Marika Koroibete, in the epilogue of the first stage, took a ball from a ruck in 22 meters that was not well guarded, saw the gap and went to the ingoal. With the conversion of Tomua everything was in ten points for both at the end of the first 40 minutes.
The complement was characterized by the same parity, but it was Reds who managed to find a way to reach the final with the tries of Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Filipo Daugu. James O’Connor added another penalty and a conversion to round off the 25 points while Melbourne’s only managed three points off Reece Hodge’s foot.
In this way, Reds earned the right to play the final against Brumbies next Saturday and rule the champion of Super Rugby Australia.