Reds kept try-less but beat ACT

03 March 2018 06:44:54 EST
Jono Lance was in fine kicking form for the Reds.

The Brumbies were left to rue their poor goalkicking as they went down 18-10 to the Reds at Suncorp Stadium.

ACT, having won their first game of the season last week, failed to follow up as they committed too many mistakes. Queensland also made too many errors but, although they were outscored two tries to none, their accuracy with the boot secured a first win of the campaign.

They denied the visitors a losing bonus point when Jono Lance kicked his third penalty in the final minute. Lance was on target with all his three penalty efforts, as James Tuttle had been earlier.

Tuttle kicked two penalties in the opening half-hour, although they should have had more points on the board. Eto Nabuli wasted a good chance when he knocked on with the try-line at his mercy in the 21st minute.

ACT closed the gap to a single point when they scored a 30th-minute try. Joe Powell was involved in the move twice before gliding through a hole in the Reds defence to cross the line.

Christian Lealiifano failed to convert and the Brumbies then couldn't take advantage of the home side being reduced to 14 men when Caleb Timu was yellow carded for a shoulder charge on Tom Banks.

Tuttle kicked his third penalty early in the second half to extend the lead to four points and was then replaced by Lance who took over goalkicking duties.

He landed his first penalty five minutes later and nailed another three-pointer off the tee with nine minutes left to put the Reds up by 10 points.

ACT responded when Isi Naisarani made a break from the back of a scrum before crashing over for his side's second try. Lealiifano's conversion attempt was off target and, just before full-time, Lance added another penalty for the hosts.

Meanwhile, Australia are 12/1 to win the 2019 World Cup.

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