The first 40 of the first Super Rugby AU opener looked relatively close between the Reds & Waratahs.
Each one of their forwards scored tries apiece earlier in the night having experienced defensive errors themselves.
Regarding the all-round attacking play, it’s the Reds that have put them up in front.
Their scrummaging, maul & set phases allowed them to unpack thanks to the guide from scrum-half Tate McDermott.
Though, the kicking accuracy from Fly-Half Will Harrison has given the Waratahs a boost in the last 10 mins before the break.
Like the Waratahs, the Reds’ defensive play remained unchanged, having conceded penalties which saw their lead eat up by six points.
After the break, a few finishing and defensive mistakes from the Reds saw the Waratahs an opportunity to sort out with their attack.
They may have led at one point with 30 mins to go.
But their constant defensive mistakes didn’t translate the Waratahs to hold on successfully in its possible fight back on the run home.
The Reds earlier may have dropped the ball at times, but sorted out excellent via the build-up play thanks to a few penalties won against the Waratahs.
They got the maul right this time based on their forwards’ strength before the correct navigation to the right-hand side from Tate McDermott allowed his forward team-mate Harry Wilson to sign off with the TRY.
Around 10-15 mins before the last siren, the Reds almost feared they had to go into extra time or even worse suffer a last-minute loss with the poor kicking accuracy from Bryce Hegarty.
But the change of duties to experienced playmaker James O’Connor eased the pressure with two fantastic penalty goals between the sticks that helped the Reds win at home, 32-26 v the Waratahs.
So, at last, a great start from the men in Maroon for Queensland with the victory.
The home team remained patient where their attacking line, such as the forwards & backline working together, became the No.1 ingredient to tonight’s success.
Apart from that, both teams’ defensive work is on the same page together, which is crucial to fix next week ahead.
For now, what a night it has been with a socially distanced crowd full of long-time members from the Reds & Waratahs at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.