Reds will look for answers after ACT drubbing

QUEENSLAND will be looking to bring big off-season purchases James O'Connor and Adam Thomson into its line-up as quickly as possibly, following the team's 47-3 thrashing away to the Brumbies in Canberra last night.

The Reds were dominated by a forward pack full of Wallabies stars, with the ACT caning the visitors in ruck and maul wins, before posting a record winning margin over their Australian rivals.

Reds skipper James Horwill was also sent off for picking up his second yellow card of the night five minutes before full-time, adding to Queensland's woes

Much talk before this game centred on code-hopper Karmichael Hunt's impressive trial form at No.10.

But he too was outplayed by the ACT backs, the hosts scoring six tries to none, as the Brumbies chalked up their 150th Super Rugby victory.

The damage was done by halftime, with the Brumbies holding a 21-3 lead.

Robbie Coleman and Joe Tomane scored tries for the ACT in the first half, before Matt Toomua, Nic White, Tevita Kuridrani - who had an outstanding night - and James Dargaville crossed in the second stanza.

Meanwhile, a Dan Carter kick that was charged-down in the second half led to the try which effectively won it for the Rebels , in their 20-10 upset over the Crusaders in Christchurch.

To compound matters for the hosts, just as they were launching their comeback against a 14-man Rebels, prop Owen Franks lost the ball on the line.

Led by hard-nosed Wallaby Scott Higginbotham, the Melbourne-based team recruited well in the off-season, including signing Kiwi Mike Harris from the Reds, and the Crusaders for whatever reason have always struggled against them.

Crusaders 10 (Ben Funnell try; Dan Carter con, pen) lost to Rebels 20 (Lopeti Tomani, Nic Styrzaker tries; Mike Harris 2 cons, 2 pens).


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