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St.George Queensland Reds fall in semi-final at Brisbane Global Rugby Tens

The St.George Queensland Reds have fallen agonizingly short of the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens final, suffering a 22-10 loss to the Blues in the semi-final on Day 2 of the tournament at Suncorp Stadium.

The Reds bounced back from their Day 1 disappointment of two losses in pool play to defeat the Panasonic Wild Knights 38-7 in a must-win clash, securing their place in the quarter-finals.

A spirited Queensland side then treated the home fans to a 19-7 win over the Chiefs in the quarter-final, helped along by a pair of tries from young lock Angus Blyth. 

It was a brave performance from the Reds in the semi-final, but the Blues edged them again, as they had in pool play the day before. 

Reds Tens captain Samu Kerevi said: “We’re obviously disappointed how we got knocked out in the semi but I’m really proud of the effort. We learnt a lot from our first game to our second and third.

“The highlight for me was the boys’ growth throughout the tournament. We have to build on that.”

The Reds started strongly in the semi-final, with Jayden Ngamanu bringing the crowd to their feet when he seized an intercept and raced 75 metres to score after period of sustained pressure from the Blues.

Tries either side of halftime hurt the Reds who paid the penalty for failing to work their way off their own line.

Lesson learned, the Reds played more of a territorial game in the second half, and were rewarded with a pick-and-go try to hooker Andrew Ready.

Trailing by just a converted try, there was hope for the Reds but they were finished off by a late try to young Blues loose forward Dalton Papali’i.

The Reds’ pre-season preparations continue next week with their final trial match, hosting the Fiji Warriors at Ballymore Stadium on Thursday 15 February. 

St.George Queensland Reds Day 2 scoring details
St.George Queensland Reds 10
(Jayden Ngamanu, Andrew Ready tries) def. by Blues 22 (Dalton Papalii, Kurt Ecklund, Jordan Olsen tries; Jonathan Ruru 1 con).

St.George Queensland Reds 19
(Angus Blyth 2, Izaia Perese tries; Hamish Stewart, Tate McDermott cons) def. Chiefs 7 (Solomon Alaimalo try; Jonathan Taumateine con).

Final pool match
St.George Queensland Reds 38
(Izaia Perese 2, Andrew Ready, Jayden Ngamanu, Filipo Daugunu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa tries; Hamish Stewart 3, Perese con) def. Panasonic Wild Knights 7 (Koyama try; Yamasawa conv).

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