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'On This Day' - Rugby in Isolation - Week 2

Continuing the 'On This Day' Youtube series. Best viewed at 4K resolution on your TV, computer or mobile device (if possible)


Link to Youtube channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7zqYHDeXnErAnesjmN8RHg




On This Day: 30th March 2019 - Queensland Reds v Melbourne Rebels (Super Rugby)


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  • Lots of buzz before this game with the return of Quade Cooper and Will Genia to Suncorp Stadium

  • Reds had put together back-to-back wins, while the Rebels were just back from 2 losses in South Africa

  • Twins JP & Ruan Smith start for the Reds, with Taniela Tupou on the bench

  • Quade Cooper had a succesful return to Queensland with the Rebels scoring a 32 -13 win, with Jack Maddocks scoring 2 tries ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

On This Day: 1st April 2017 - Queensland Reds v Hurricanes (Super Rugby)



  • Reds prop Markus Vanzati was a late withdrawal, handing Phil Kite his Reds debut. Kite went on to represent Tonga in the same year.

  • The Hurricanes had got off to a strong start to the season, scoring 83 against the Sunwolves, and 71 against the Rebels.

  • The Reds were in the game until the last 10 minutes at 22 - 15, until tries by Jordie then Beauden Barrett blew the scoreline out to 34 - 15

  • The Hurricanes went on to reach the Super Rugby Finals, before losing a semi-final to the Lions in Johannesburg


On This Day: 2nd April 2017 - Super 20 Final - Queensland Reds v NSW Waratahs (U20s)



  • 2017 was the 2nd season of National U20's Competition (Super20s)

  • The competition served as a development competition prior to the selection of the National U20's team (Junior Wallabies) to compete in the Oceania U20s and Junior World Cup

  • The Queensland Reds had defeated the Melbourne Rebels in the previous year's final, and were looking to go back to back against NSW Waratahs Gen Blue team.

  • The U20's program was the beginning of Brad Thorn's association with the Reds as a coach

  • Lots of players gone on to Super Rugby contracts - Hoopert, Blyth, Hockings, Scott-Young, Wright, Stewart, Lucas (Reds), Tafa, Johnson-Holmes, McCauley, Swinton, Ramm (Waratahs), Strang (Rebels), Kuenzle (Brumbies), Horan, Ma'afu (Sunwolves), plus more overseas Riley, Ngamanu (Japan)



On This Day: 3rd April 2016 - Super 20 Final - Queensland Reds v Melbourne Rebels (U20s)



  • Another day, another Super 20s Final. This time 2016 - the first year of the National U20s comp.

  • Reds took out the inaugural Super 20s title: 35 - 5

  • Brad Thorn was assistant Reds Coach, to Jason Gilmore

  • Again, lots of players gone on to Super Rugby contracts (in addition to yesterday's post) - Alex Mafi, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Moses Sorovi (Reds), Mack Mason (Waratahs), James Tuttle, Campbell Magnay (Reds/Rebels), Jordan Uelese (Rebels) or Aussie Seven's - Josh Coward, Liam McNamara plus more overseas (Mahe Vailanu, Sione Tuipolotu, Harley Fox)



On This Day: 4th April 2018 - GC2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony



  • After years of preparation, the Commonwealth Games kicked off on the Gold Coast

  • The highlight was the athletes parading into the stadium

  • Followed by the fireworks, featuring Migaloo, the giant inflatable white whale

  • Earlier in the day, the Aussie7s girls had a final open hit-out at the Athlete's Village before going into camp before the Sevens tournament



On This Day: 5th April 2018 - Queensland Reds v Stormers (Super Rugby)



  • This was the Stormers first game in Brisbane since 2014

  • Jack Hardy makes his run-on debut for the Reds

  • Stormers are captained by Siya Kolisi, who went on to Captain the Springboks to Rugby World Cup victory later in 2019

  • Both Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit out through injury for the Stormers

  • After a try-less first half, the Reds ran out winners 24-12

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