Queensland Reds Take on the Sharks

Queensland Reds Take on the SharksLast Saturday saw the Queensland Reds take on the Sharks from Durban at Lang Park in Brisbane in the second play-off match of the 2012 Super 15 finals series. Earlier the Canterbury Crusaders defeated the Bulls to advance to the semi-finals and were waiting on the result of the second match to find out whether they would be off to South Africa or could remain in New Zealand.

By a quirk in the Super Rugby rulebook, that requires the leaders of each of the three conferences to occupy the top three spots, meant that the Reds were gifted a home play-off. This advantage was squandered by a more determined visitor’s outfit with an excellent defensive display. A disallowed try to Reds flanker, Liam Gill, in the second half probably wouldn’t have got them over the line, but would have made for a closer match; although it does create further disapproval of the SANZER officialdom. The Sharks 30-17 win, spearheaded by French import Fredric Michalak, means they progress to the other semi-final in the Republic against the Stormers at Newlands.

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