Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Loss Puts Reds in Danger Zone

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Loss Puts Reds in Danger Zone

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A CARELESS 32-29 loss to the Western Force has put Queensland's Super Rugby season on the line, with anything less than a resounding win over the dangerous ACT Brumbies on Saturday night unlikely to be good enough to keep its finals hopes alive.

With just one consolation point from the narrow loss, Queensland sit on 15 points and in the danger zone, while the Brumbies lead the Australian conference on 21 points (second overall) after a resounding 26-9 win against the Blues on Friday.

Forget all the post-game quotes from Reds coach Richard Graham, the only one that hit home was: "We really need to get a result next weekend."

Round eight though belonged to the Waratahs who became the first Australian team to record a win in South Africa this season after dominating the Stormers 22-11 at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. The win lifted NSW into fourth place on the Super Rugby table, one point behind the Brumbies. a[pounds sterling] APN SPORTS BUREAU

Super Rugby round eight results:

HIGHLANDERS 33 (Christie, A Smith, B Smith tries; Sopoaga 4 pen, 3 con) def REBELS 30 (Fuglistaller, Woodward, Roberts, tries; Woodward 3 pen, 3 con)

BRUMBIES 26 (McCabe 2, Coleman tries; White 2 pen, con; Lealiifano pen) def BLUES 9 (Hickey 3 pen)

HURRICANES 25 (Taylor try; Barrett 6 pen, con) def BULLS 20 (Visser, Pollard tries; Potgieter 2 pen, con; Pollard con)

FORCE 32 (McCalman, Morahan, Hayward tries; Ebersohn 4 pen, drop goal, Hayward con) def REDS 29 (Tapuai, Slipper tries; Harris 4 pen; Cooper pen, 2 con)

CHEETAHS 43 (Pretorius 2, Benjamin, Prinsloo tries; Goosen 5 pen, 4 con) drew CHIEFS 43 (Pulu 2, Nanai-Williams 2, Tikoirotuma 2 tries; Cruden pen, 5 con) CRUSADERS 28 (Crotty, Ellis, Fonotia tries; Slade 2 pen, con; Dagg pen, con) def LIONS 7 (Mapoe try; Boshoff con)

WARATAHS 22 (Phipps try; Foley 3 pen, con; Beale 2 pen) def STORMERS 11 (van Wyk try; Grant 2 pen)

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