It was an exciting start to the new season for the Aussie in round 1 of Super Rugby AU.
It was somewhat expected that the two favourites got off to a wining start on Friday when the defending champions, the Brumbies gave a clinical performance against the Force and the Reds was just too good for the Waratahs.
It was a huge statement the Reds send out in their round 1 match against the Waratahs on Friday, beating them 41-7.
A team that has been on the rise for the last couple of season and really showing that they has what it takes to get something in the trophy cabinet this time around.
This was the biggest win over the Waratahs for the Reds and one has a feeling this is only the start for the men in red.
Last year they had to settle for second place and one can be sure that they will press hard to lift the trophy this season.
The Reds got three first half tries to race to a lead.
What was impressive form the Reds side was that in only the first game of the season it was a pretty impressive performance.
The Waratahs was first on the board with Gordon sending the ball out wide with Maddocks offloading in the tackle to Gordon coming around to score in the corner.
The Reds however hit back immediately with O’Conner slotting a penalty over. It took not long after that for the Reds to get their first try of the match attacking form their own half with the ball going to backs that saw Campbell go over.
This gave the Reds the lead in the match.
Within minutes the Reds was behind the Tahs try line again, pilling on the pressure with Mafi showing his strength to go over.
With the Reds now in control of the game the third try was always going to come. Paisami created the space for Daugunu to get over for his try.
Being down 7-0 at the start of the match the Reds quickly jumped to a 24-7 lead in no time.
A penalty extended their lead. The Waratahs then loss Perese with a red card for a dangerous tip tackle. All due respect to the Tahs the game was over before the incident.
With 14-men it was hard for the the Tahs but a change to the rules in this competition the red-card player was allowed to be replaced after 20 minutes.
The Tahs must be given credit for not giving away any points while they waited for Perese replacement.
The second half was a much tighter affair. Although the Tahs defence was much better in the second half they just could not make any difference on the scoreboard.
The Reds finally got their bonus point try nine minutes before the end with Sorovi braking free from the scrum with a prefect offload to Daugunu who went over for his second try of the match.
Droasese got the final try for the Reds to give them an impressive win against the Waratahs.
Reds: Tries: Jack Campbell, Alex Mafi, Filipo Daugunu (2), Ilaisa Droasese. Conversions: James O’Connor (5). Penalties: James O’Connor (2).
Waratahs Tries: Jake Gordon. Conversions: Will Harrison.
Red cards: Izaia Perese.
The defending champions got off to a great start with a away win against the Force in Perth on Friday, beating them 27-11.
A true reflection of a great side the Brumbies absorbed the pressure the Force put on them early on. The Force was unlucky in a sense as they left a lot of points on the field and could have build a nice lead in that first half but just could not convert.
Ian Prior slotted the first points over with a penalty early on. The Brumbies had a try disallowed after a forward pass was picked up with the Force defence very good early on.
The Brumbies levelled the scores when a Noah Lolesio penalty and minutes later they found a hole in the Force defence through a great ball from Nic White.
That gave the visitors a 10-3 lead.
The Force was also denied a try in the first half when Thrush was judge picking up the ball in the ruck before he dived over the line.
Prior and Lolesio both got a penalty each before the break which gave the Brumbies a 13-6 lead at halftime.
The Brumbies had the better start to the second half. It was Ikitau and Simone working nicely together for their second try of the match.
Ikitau got the line break offloading to Simone to score. With the conversion over the Brumbies stretched their lead to 14 points.
Brumbies Slipper was show a yellow card for repeated infringements but the Force could not capitalise.
The Brumbies then had Banks being put into space who found Fines-Leleiwasa to go over. This gave the Brumbies a 27-6 lead with a few minutes to play.
The Force would finally get their reward when Tomas Cubelli got over. The try prevented the Brumbies form getting a bonus-point try.
Force: Try – Cubelli. Pen – Prior (2)
Brumbies – Tries – Lolesio, Simone, Fines-Leleiwasa. Con – Lolesio (2) Pen – Lolesio (2)