June 05, 2021
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Daugunu scores late in Reds loss

Fiji-born Wallabies winger Filipo Daugunu scored a late try and kicked a penalty as his spirited Queensland Reds went down 31-24 to the Blues in Round 4 of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman last night.

When Hamish Stewart failed to use his arms in the tackle in the 12th minute, it allowed Otere Black to put the Blues ahead with a penalty.

The Reds drew first blood when Hunter Paisami set-up Harry Wilson through a tiny gap in between two forwards for the score and Isaac Henry converted giving them a 7-3 lead. .

The Reds undid all of their good work when Brandon Paenga-Amosa was yellow-carded for collapsing a driving maul near his own try line.

That led Blues in advantage and a try for Dalton Papali shortly after when the flanker crashed over from close range, Black added the extra and put the Blues in front.

And Paenga-Amosa still hadn't returned to the field when Blues winger Mark Telea cut inside and crossed for his side's second try shortly before half-time and Black’s conversion extended the lead to 17-7.

The match got away from the Reds when the Blues scored again early in the second half, a spectacular effort saw Patrick Tuipulotu crash over after 19 phases of attack following a line-out steal inside the opposition 22 and Black converted again.

The Reds responded five minutes later when Paenga-Amosa picked up a loose ball and flopped over for the score, with Henry adding the extras to bring the home side back to within 10.

But the Blues soon regained their 17-point advantage when Finlay Christie responded with a classic sniping scrum-half try from the back of a ruck and Black added another conversion. 

With less than 10 minutes to go, the Reds gave themselves hope of a possible late fight back when Daugunu caught a well-placed crossfield kick to score their third try.

But there wasn't enough time for the Reds to claw back their lost ground, despite Daugunu converting a late penalty kick to give them one final roll of the dice to try and force a draw.

By Romeka Romena 

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