Force win at the Reds

The Force moved up to third position in the Australian Conference after they beat the Reds 40-26 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Friday.

The visitors scored four tries, through flanker Ross Haylett-Petty, a penalty try, full-back Marcel Brache and replacement hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, with an impressive Peter Grant kicking 18 points in an assured display at fly-half.

Duncan Paia’aua, Lukhan Tui and Stephen Moore (2) went over for the Reds on a disappointing evening for them, with this their ninth loss.

The Force led 13-5 at the interval as they recovered well from an early Reds try, looking more like the side that won away to the Jaguares.

Paia’aua’s crossing on five minutes for the Reds was created by fly-half Quade Cooper’s delayed pass, but the Wallaby couldn’t add the kick from the left sideline so it was a 5-0 advantage in an impressive start from the home side, who were looking for just their fourth victory.

It probably should have been at least 10-0 on 16 minutes when scrum-half Nick Frisby dived over the line in that same corner. However, an outstanding cover tackle from Force fly-half Grant managed to keep the ball up off the ground before he bundled Frisby into touch in-goal.

That appeared to rally the Force as they settled with three points from Grant off the tee just before the half-hour mark, cutting the gap.

Again though the Reds would then go close to a try as this time Cooper was denied after finding himself in an offside position at the ruck.

Grant was on target again three minutes later following a high tackle to make it 5-6 and before the break flanker Haylett-Petty went over from close range to hand the Force the advantage. Grant added the conversion so it was an eight-point lead for the visitors at half-time.