Wednesday 21 March 2018 / 09:51 AM


The Queensland Reds are hopeful their aggressive recruitment drive ahead of this season will help reclaim the glory days of 2011, which is the subject of this week’s Throwback Thursday.

The Reds topped the Super 15 table that year, and eliminated the Waratahs and Blues in the finals to progress to a showdown with New Zealand’s top team the Crusaders.

A Suncorp Stadium sellout witnessed a seesawing classic in the decider, with Dan Carter scoring the only try of the first half to provide the visitors with a 7-6 lead at halftime.

A pair of Carter penalties either side of a sizzling try to Reds winger Digby Ioane set up a 13-all stalemate, before the decisive moment of the final came in the 68th minute.

From a Crusaders turnover, Reds halfback and vice-captain Will Genia scored a mesmerising 60-metre solo try to the put the home side back in front, and the James Horwill-led side held on for an 18-13 triumph to become just the second Australian franchise (after the Brumbies) to lift the Super Rugby trophy.

Genia was named man-of-the-match, his title-winning try complemented by a superb all-round performance.


FB 15 Jono Lance
RW 14 Rodney Davies
CT 13 Anthony Fainga’a
SF 12 Ben Tapuai
LW 11 Digby Ioane
FF 10 Quade Cooper
HB 9 Will Genia (vc)
N8 8 Radike Samo
OF 7 Beau Robinson
BF 6 Scott Higginbotham
RL 5 James Horwill (c)
LL 4 Rob Simmons
TP 3 Greg Holmes
HK 2 Saia Fainga’a
LP 1 Ben Daley
HK 16 James Hanson
LP 17 Guy Shepherdson
RL 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison
N8 19 Jake Schatz
OF 20 Liam Gill
SH 21 Ian Prior
CT 22 Will Chambers
Coach: Ewen McKenzie

FB 15 Tom Marshall
RW 14 Sean Maitland
CT 13 Robbie Fruean
SF 12 Sonny Bill Williams
LW 11 Zac Guildford
FF 10 Dan Carter
HB 9 Andrew Ellis
N8 8 Kieran Read
OF 7 Richie McCaw (c)
BF 6 George Whitelock
RL 5 Sam Whitelock
LL 4 Brad Thorn
TP 3 Owen Franks
HK 2 Corey Flynn
LP 1 Wyatt Crockett
HK 16 Quentin MacDonald
LP 17 Ben Franks
RL 18 Luke Romano
N8 19 Matt Todd
HB 20 Kahn Fotuali’i
FF 21 Matt Berquist
UB 22 Ryan Crotty
Coach: Todd Blackadder

Reds 18
Try: Digby Ioane 51′ c, Will Genia 68′ m
Con: Quade Cooper (1/2)
Pen: Quade Cooper (2/3) 32′, 38′
Crusaders 13
Try: Dan Carter 34′ c
Con: Dan Carter (1/1)
Pen: Dan Carter (2/3) 49′, 56′

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