The Queensland Reds fired off well with the intercept of Jordan Petaia, who took advantage of the Melbourne Rebels big gap on the far left & pulled off the touchdown.
Initially, the lack of finishing plus a lack of support from the forwards saw the Rebels lose a few opportunities with James O’Connor penned a penalty goal for the Reds.
But Defensively, the Melbourne-based side does thanks to the turnover of the scrummaging from Cameron Orr that helped Matt Toomua grab the three points into the goalposts.
Plus, a few attempts to crack the Reds defense finally got the breakthrough when Marika Koroibete scored the touchdown for the Rebels as Matt Toomua tied 10-10 at the break.
The Reds benefitted immediately from one or two of the Rebels injured backline where Hunter Paisami and Filipo Daugunu set up the assist for Lukhan Salakaia-Loto to move ahead on the scoreboard sheet.
Nothing much happened between two sides, having added a penalty goal apiece remaining the Reds 20-13 Rebels.
Then the Taniela Tupou linebreak assist to Filipo Daugunu with the touchdown was enough for the Reds to rubber-stamp their place in the final next Saturday night v the Brumbies.
The final score in the qualifying final is Reds 25-13 Rebels.
Queensland Reds now won six straight games since nearly a decade ago at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
For the Rebels, they’re good defensively that at least gave them the fight to try and leapfrog the Reds for the scoreboard lead.
But the lack of finishing combined with the injuries to key men in the Rebels backline cost them.
There’s only one game to go in the 2020 Super Rugby AU, the Grand Final with the ACT Brumbies host Queensland Reds next Saturday at GIO Stadium in Canberra.