Rugby Australia News, 2021 Super Rugby AU WK1: Reds v Waratahs game summary from last night

by Sports Benches

A discipline mistake or two from the Reds saw the Waratahs take the early lead 7-0.

When the line-out & maul looks good before Jake Gordon sneaked out left & found his way into the gate with the help of Jack Maddocks & Izaia Perese.

But have been hammered for the majority with the lack of finishing. Where one player was unfortunate not to execute alone. That’s what happens when the they lack support runners. As well as a few lost penalties. Most notably a dangerous tackle from Perese on Hunter Paisami.

It is a shame that Perese got a straight red card. Although they have been good defensively. Even without 15 men for a while. In which is important to knock back the Reds finishing touches at times. Just a disjointed backline not putting up the standard. As the forwards have set where they have them chances. And nothing came out of it that blocked them points.

It is the Reds that put an extraordinary display on home turf. In front of their loyal fans at Suncorp Stadium. They are able to make up lost time in the attacking play.

They used the wide areas of the pitch to try and crack the Waratahs half. Where Tate McDermott did a great job with the quick release. Before his support runners dictated the game. When James O’Connor has that playmaking ability at fly-half. And let called his backline to help finish his attacking to do work for him.

In which it worked well to put the Reds out in front. Before they extended their lead with two tries ahead of the break. It may have been defensive first over the next 20-30 minutes. But the Reds able to give the Tahs an easy thrashing 45-7. As they fired off well in the 2021 Super Rugby AU.

There is also a couple of guys contributing this attacking masterclass. Such as Fraser McWright who has that physical & pacey mobility. He can hold the opposing attackers back one on one. As well as help his backline attack even more. Where he gave Filipo Daugunu the finishing he needs. Goes to show that McWright can fill the 7 role every week. Especially with Liam Wright out for the next 10 weeks.

So does Hunter Paisami in the centres at 13. Also a pacey attacker who lights up this backline. The scrum half roles have been exceptional. With McDemott for the majority as a starter. And Sorovi as cover in the last 20 mins as sub. Where he quickly moved on the scrum. Before Sorovi found Daugunu with the 2nd big TRY. Plus not just McWright looking after the defensive unit. Praises to Dane Zander on reading the Waratahs troubles. As well as contributing the attack. With the assist on Alex Mafi when the Reds gone up 17-7.

The Reds will be at home again next Friday v Melbourne Rebels. As they would look to continue their winning start. While the Brumbies host the Waratahs at GIO Stadium in Canberra. The latter game moves to Saturday night for the rest of this season. As Week 1 came to a close.

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