The Reds produced a resilient display as they registered their first win of the Vodacom Super Rugby season, 18-6, against the Western Force on a soggy pitch at the Suncorp Stadium on Saturday morning in Brisbane. The match was on the brink of being postponed due to heavy rainfall caused by cyclones in Queensland, but was given the go-ahead by SANZAR. Two penalties from Lachie Turner gave the hosts a 6-point lead before the Force were reduced to 14 players as prop Chris Heiberg was sin-binned for a bad infringement in the red zone in the 25th minute.
Two penalties from Sias Ebersohn had the scores level. The home side made the most of their numerical advantage as a 34th minute try from Turner put them 11-6 up at the break. The Queenslanders began the second half strongly but had a try correctly ruled out as a pass in the build up was adjudged forward.
However it wasn’t long before the home side increased their score as a penalty try was awarded in the 56th minute, with Turner calmly scoring the conversion. The Western Australians offered little in reply as the Reds saw out a 18-6 victory. It was good reply from the Reds after their humiliating 47-3 annihilation at the hands of the Brumbies last week.