16 Feb 2018

Sport: Fiji Warriors give Queensland Reds a scare

12:10 pm on 16 February 2018

The Fiji Warriors almost claimed a major scalp after pushing the Queensland Reds all the way in a 17-15 defeat in Brisbane last night.

The Fiji Warriors win possession.

Photo: Facebook/Queensland Reds

Tonga-born Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou scored the first try at Ballymore before a penalty extended the Reds lead to 10-0 in as many minutes.

But the Warriors fought back and managed to level the scores at 10-10 by halftime.

Ratunaisa Navuma scored to give the Fijians a five point buffer with a quarter of the match remaining.

But the Reds avoided further blushes when Hamish Stewart slotted a sideline conversion after winger Izaia Perese scored in the 75th minute.

The Fiji team were playing the 15-a-side trial match after competing in last weekend's Brisbane Tens, while the Reds kick off their Super Rugby campaign next weekend.

Taniela Tupou opened the scoring.

Taniela Tupou opened the scoring. Photo: Facebook/Queensland Reds