A star is born: Reds deny Chiefs for 23 PHASES to win epic trans-Tasman Super Rugby clash


A week after going down in golden point to the Hurricanes, the Queensland Reds have held out the Chiefs to seal one of the franchise’s best wins in recent memory.

The Chiefs looked like going the length of the field to break the hearts of Les Kiss’ men, but the Reds, led by Fraser McReight and his back-row partner Harry Wilson, managed to hold out last year’s runners up for 23 phases to win 25-19.

The hero in the end was Harry McLaughlin-Phillips, who managed to win the penalty at the death as the Chiefs were pinged for holding on.

The 19-year-old replacement playmaker got on the ball after Wilson and Ryan Smith managed to drive Damian McKenzie back.

The Queensland Reds celebrate victory over the Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium, on March 09, 2024, in Brisbane. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

It was the second time in as many years that the Reds managed to upset the Chiefs, with Brad Thorn’s side going across the ditch to win last year. Ultimately, however, the Chiefs had the last laugh as they edged out the Reds in a tussle in the quarter-final.

The match was played before a crowd of just under 17,000, as chants of ‘We are Red’ returned after a number of lean years under Thorn.

“I’m over the moon,” co-captain Tate McDermott said.

“A bit of deja vu, it was the same story as last year when we had them.

“From where we were last week, we let go of that [match] at the end, and this week we held on. I’m so proud of the effort.”

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