Reds vs Stormers: Five things we learned

The Reds notched a crucial win ahead of their South African tour when they beat the Stormers 24-12 at Suncorp Stadium after a scoreless first half.

Here’s what we’re talking about after the match.

1. Reds battle depth on South African trip

Coach Brad Thorn is likely to have to blood at least one back in matches against the Sharks and Bulls in South Africa, with the Reds leaving their junior Wallabies players at home and winger Filipo Daugunu breaking his arm in the opening minutes against the Stormers.

Isaac Lucas, Jack Hardy, Fraser McReight and the uncapped Harry Wilson will remain behind as the Australian under-20 team prepares for the Oceania titles.

2. Tate McDermott must stay in the No.9

McDermott had to bide his time on the bench at the start of the season as Moses Sorovi was given first crack at sealing Queensland’s halfback jersey but he has made the most of his chances and is showing a growing confidence in his game.

While he needs to continue to work on the speed of his service, a solid kicking game and well-timed darts into the line are reaping benefits and his teammates are starting to learn where to run off him to continue the play.

3. Samu Kerevi is blossoming as a leader

The chances of Kerevi leaving Ballymore after the World Cup are firming by the week and while the Reds must do all they can to keep him, fans should enjoy watching him in maroon while it lasts.

The centre is tormenting opposition defences week after week and is also blooming as a leader, taking the weight off the shoulders of many of his inexperienced teammates.

His steadying influence will be a massive factor for as long as he remains at the club.

4. Patience is a virtue

Even Brad Thorn can’t help but smile at the way his young Reds are backing themselves on the big stages.

But Queensland is spoiling the hard gains it makes with impatient and impetuous plays that threaten to cost games.

While they scored three second-half tries and rolled over the top of the Stormers, their opponents almost put themselves in striking distance in the dying minutes after the Reds cruelled many of their chances with pushed passes and off-the-cuff plays.

5. Slow starts have to stop

If the Reds are to have success in South Africa, they need to overcome the slow starts that have been a feature this season.

While neither team scored in the opening 40 minutes at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, the Stormers created two chances in the opening 20 minutes, only missing tries by millimetres as the dead ball line and sideline coming into play.

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