Reds beat Rebels 25-13 to set up Super Rugby AU final clash against Brumbies

Filipo Daugunu (left) was one of the try-scorer for Reds
Filipo Daugunu (left) was one of the try-scorer for Reds
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Reds 25-13 Rebels, Suncorp Stadium

Queensland Reds took control in the second half as they went on to beat Melbourne Rebels 25-13 in the play-off of the Super Rugby AU at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

As a result, now Reds will face Brumbies in the final of the tournament at GIO Stadium on 19th September.

The teams had a competitive first half with scores levelled at 10-10 but Reds stepped up the gears in the second half as Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Filipo Daugunu scored tries to help them complete the 12-point win.

Rebels were proactive in the opening minutes but it was Reds, who got the first points in the game after a poor pass from Matt Toomua costed them dearly with Jordan Petaia crossing over in the ninth minute and James O'Connor kicked the conversion.

Toomua made amends with a 17th minute penalty goal but his efforts were negated by a three-pointer from O'Connor in the 25th minute. Reds had a chance to extend the lead but O'Connor's penalty went wide. However, Rebels levelled the score with Marika Koroibete dotting down at the stroke of half-time and Toomua improved it.

Reds were the quickest to get off the block in the second half as Lukhan Salakaia-Loto crossed the whitewash while the conversion from O'Connor made the scoreline 17-10. The gap between the two teams remained at seven points after Reece Hodge and O'Connor traded penalties before Daugunu's try in the 75th minute sealed the win for Reds.