The St.George Queensland Reds endured a tough start to the second edition of the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens, suffering losses to the Blues and Melbourne Rebels on Day 1 of the tournament at Suncorp Stadium.
The Reds fell 29-7 to the Blues in their first match of the tournament, but looked certain to notch their first win of the day in their second match against the Melbourne Rebels – only to lose 21-17 after the Victorians scored a try after full time to steal the win.
The Reds resume pool play first thing tomorrow, taking on the Panasonic Wild Knights from Japan at 1:08pm.
Reds assistant coach Paul Carozza said: “We’re obviously really disappointed to finish the first day without a win. We thought our boys put their heart into it, but we probably made just a few too many silly mistakes.
“The guys were physical and worked hard for each other, so there’s some positives to take from it.”
The Queensland Women suffered a 19-5 loss to NSW Women in their first match, but bounced back in resounding fashion with a 33-0 win over the Brumbies Women in their final match of the first day.
The Queensland Women’s final pool match is against the Rebels Women tomorrow at 4:02pm.
Queensland Women head coach Michael Hayes said: “It was a nice turnaround. We came in with a game plan and just needed the girls to embrace it.
“We had a bit of soul searching after that loss to the Waratahs, but the girls took accountability for their performance in the first game and delivered really well in the second.
“We were really pleased to keep the Brumbies to zero. They did a great job.”
St.George Queensland Reds scoring detail
Blues 29 (Melanie Nanai 2, Tamati Tua, Caleb Clarke, Dalton Papalii tries; Orbyn Leger, Jonathan Ruru con) def. St.George Queensland Reds 7 (Brandon Paenga-Amosa try; Hamish Stewart con).
Melbourne Rebels 21 (Penalty try, Sam Ward, Mahe Vailanu tries; Tayler Adams 2 con) def. St.George Queensland Reds 17 (Izaia Perese, Jake Strachan, Taniela Tupou tries; Filipo Daugunu con).
Queensland Women scoring detail NSW Women 19 (Chloe Leaupepe, Iliseva Batibasaga, Grace Hamilton tries; Cobie-Jane Morgan 2 con) def. Queensland Women 5 (Samantha Treherne try).
Queensland Women 33 (Sarah Riordan, Kirby Sefo, Samantha Treherne, Alysia Lefau-Fakaosilea, Alana Elisaia tries; Zahara Temara 4 con) def. Brumbies Women 0.