Reds maintain unbeaten streak with 31-24 victory over Force

James O'Connor kicked 11 points
James O'Connor kicked 11 points

Reds 31-24 Force, Suncorp Stadium

Queensland Reds maintained their unbeaten run in the ongoing Super Rugby AU tournament as they defeated Western Force 31-24 at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.

Reds now have two wins and a draw from three games as they occupy the pole position in the table with 10 points while Force have lost both their games on comeback.

This was the second time in two games Force surrendered a bright start with fullback Jack McGregor dotting down in the 11th minute after gathering a pass from Marcel Brache and Ian Prior kicked the conversion to make it 0-7.

The visitors doubled their tally two minutes later when Byron Ralston scored after good work from Brache and Brynard Stander for his side's second try and Prior improved it making it 0-14.

However, Force surrendered their lead in the remaining of the first half as Reds fought their back with tries from Brandon Paenga-Amosa (19'), Jock Campbell (23') and Taniela Tupou (27') while O'Connor kicked conversions on all the three occasions making the scoreline 21-14.

At the stroke of half-time, Ralston intercepted a pass from James O'Connor to score an unconverted try as the gap between the teams came down to two points at the end of a highly competitive first half.

Reds started the second half really well when Filipo Daugunu breached defence of Force for his side's fourth try in the 45th minute and O'Connor was spot on with the conversion making it 28-19.

The visitors were given a lifeline around the 70th minute when Reds lost Hunter Paisami to yellow card for a dangerous tackle on on Kyle Godwin and Force made use of the numerical advantage with Andrew Ready's try but they could not find any more breakthrough with a drop goal from O'Connor in the closing stage sealing a seven point win for the Reds.