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Reds end bad run against New Zealand opposition, Higlanders held

Reds managed to snap a 15-match losing run to New zealand oppositions after beating Blues 29-28 in Brisbane on Friday.

The win marks Reds sixth victory of the the season. Blues opened the scores through Blake Gibson while Otere Black added the extras for a 7-0. Tanielu Tele’a crossed over for the second try which was converted by Otere.

Reds pulled back at the 20th minute after Scott Higginbotham was released by Jock Campbell.At the other end, Augustine Pulu stretched the lead for Blues after bagging another converted try.

Taniela Tupou landed Reds second try of the day before Bryce Hegarty hit the target from a conversion and added a penalty for a 21-15 scoreline at the break.

After the break, Hegarty send his side up after a converting his own try but Pulu crossed  for converted try that restored Blues lead.

The Reds, however, had the last laugh after Higginbotham crossed over for his second try. Hegarty conversion ensured the side won the clash.

Following the win, Reds remain fourth on the Australian Conference while 14th on the Super Rugby standing 4points behind Blues on 13th place.

In the other match, Highlanders Were held to a 24-24 draw bysBulls in Dunedin New Zealand. The highlanders secured four tries to three, with two apiece for Waisake Naholo and Josh McKay, but Handre Pollard’s boot kept the Bulls in touch with three conversion and a penalty.

It was the second straight draw for the Bulls after a 22-22 stalemate against Blues last week, costing them valuable competition points in the South African Conference.
The results lifts them from senveth to fifth on the overall ladder with a pack of rivals close behind.

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