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QRU Match No. 895 - Queensland secure the 2011 Grand Final in front of a home crowd

Queenslanders are Remembering

QRU Match No. 895 - July 9, 2011

After claiming Super titles in 1992, ‘94 and ‘95, Queensland pulled off a remarkable season run to secure a home Grand Final for the first time, in 2011.

In early July, Queensland had 14 wins from 17 outings, including two victories in South Africa and a convincing defeat of the defending champions, the Northern Transvaal Bulls and a record seven-match win streak. The only thing that stood between the Reds and another Super Rugby title was seven-time champions, Canterbury’s Crusaders, featuring All Black legends Richie McCaw and Dan Carter.

2011 had started for both Queensland and Canterbury with severe natural disasters, resulting in tragically high casualties and ongoing financial hardship. The inspiring work that the devastating Queensland summer necessitated continued into the Reds’ Super Rugby season.

On July 9, Suncorp Stadium was at a record-breaking capacity for its first Super Rugby Grand Final. The outcome was in the balance for much of the match, with moments of brilliance from both sides.

A swerving run 45m run from Digby Ioane put Queensland in front with 20 minutes to spare, before Dan Carter levelled the scores 13-13 with a booming penalty. When Will Genia’s enterprising dart around a ruck turned into a stunning 60m individual try, the game was broken open. The Reds survived the closing minutes leading 18-13 to again be crowned Super Rugby champions.

Queensland captain James Horwil lifting the 2011 Super Rugby trophy at Suncorp Stadium.

Queensland team that faced the Crusaders - April 8, 1995

Jersey No. QRU No. Name
1 1203 Ben Daley
2 1224 Saia Fainga'a
3 1171 Greg Holmes
4 1226 Rob Simmons
5 1184 James Horwill
6 1220 Scott Higginbotham
7 1244 Beau Robinson
8 1241 Radike Samo
9 1204 Will Genia
10 1202 Quade Cooper
11 1213 Digby Ioane
12 1236 Ben Tapuai
13 1223 Anthony Fainga'a
14 1231 Rodney Davies
15 1253 Jono Lance
Reserve 1152 Adam Wallace-Harrison
Reserve 1240 James Hanson
Reserve 1247 Liam Gill


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