The DHL Stormers came up short in Brisbane on Friday, as the Reds handed them a 24-12 defeat in their Vodacom Super Rugby encounter.
It was a disappointing outcome for the DHL Stormers, especially following a scoreless first half which they had dominated.
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The visitors made all the running in the opening 40 minutes and had two tries disallowed after being referred to the TMO.
Damian Willemse grounded the ball on the dead-ball line after claiming a cross-kick from Damian de Allende and shortly afterwards Sergeal Petersen put a toe on the touchline in the act of scoring in the corner.
The DHL Stormers were struck a further blow just before half-time when captain Siya Kolisi was shown a yellow card.
The Reds capitalised early in the second half with tries from centre Samu Kerevi and hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa.
The DHL Stormers regrouped well and were next to score when flank Koobus van Dyk drove his way over from close range.
However, the Reds responded with a try from scrumhalf Tate McDermott to make it 21-7.
DHL Stormers centre De Allende got over for a late try, but it was not enough as the Reds would have the final say with a late penalty to seal the result.
For DHL Stormers:
Tries: Van Dyk, Allende
Con: Du Plessis
Tries: Kerevi, Paenga-Amosa, McDermott
Cons: Hegarty 3
DHL Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Corne Fourie.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Michael Kumbirai (DHL Stormers debut), 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 SP Marais.
Reds: 15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Filipo Daugunu, 13 Sefa Naivalu, 12 Samu Kerevi (captain), 11 Jack Hardy, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Harry Hockings, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Ruan Smith, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 JP Smith.
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Isaac Lucas.