James O’Connor snatched a try after the buzzer against the ACT Brumbies as the Queensland Reds toppled the defending champions 19-16 in a frantic finish to the Gigantic Rugby AU final Saturday.
Brad Thorn’s men were the standout team this 365 days, winning seven of eight video games sooner than the decider, and they didn’t disappoint a bumper 42,000-sturdy crowd in a pulsating game at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
They went to the atomize 13-6 down nonetheless got here relief in emphatic vogue, with O’Connor crossing in the 84th minute then converting after a sustained duration of stress with two Brumbies gamers yellow-carded in the final few minutes.
Reds are Gigantic Rugby AU champs
It turned into as soon as most efficient their 2nd Gigantic Rugby title. Their first got here in 2011, when the competition moreover featured high groups from New Zealand and South Africa.
“It turned into as soon as a troublesome contest, it continuously is against the Brumbies. That turned into as soon as cherish a Check match,” acknowledged skipper O’Connor, who scored all 19 points.
“Gigantic overjoyed with my boys, they got here house sturdy. We began a cramped bit bit slack, nonetheless we obtained there.”
It turned into as soon as the third match in a row against the Brumbies in which they had been down at half of time and rallied to win.
“I are looking to congratulate the Reds, now not most efficient on tonight nonetheless a substantial season,” acknowledged Brumbies captain Allan Alaalatoa, whose facet made the final after six wins from eight this season.
“I acknowledged to my boys, you’ve obtained to be overjoyed with that effort.”
The Reds narrowly misplaced final 365 days’s final to the Brumbies 28-23 and admitted sooner than the sport they were tranquil smarting.
But it turned into as soon as the entire Canberra team in the first half of.
O’Connor nailed an early penalty to acquire the scoreboard ticking over in a snappily and inflamed opening 10 minutes that the web page visitors dominated.
Their stress paid off when Tom Banks crossed for the opening try after a deft offload from Noah Lolesio, who converted to construct them 7-3 in entrance.
The Brumbies had the entire possession and territory, nonetheless against the urge of play O’Connor’s boot pulled the Reds relief to within a point.
However the mini comeback didn’t final, with two extra Lolesio penalties stretching the Brumbies serve to 13-6 at half of-time.
Wallaby winger Jordan Petaia turned into as soon as miserable to contain a try disallowed rapidly after the restart as the Reds began rapid.
But O’Connor bagged a 3rd penalty to maintain them in contact after which a fourth to construct them within a point at 12-13 with 16 minutes left.
A tranquil Lolesio eased the stress alongside with his third a hit penalty to revive a four point serve going into the final 10 minutes, sooner than two yellow playing cards for the Brumbies.