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Reds outlast desperate Highlanders

Ben Smith of the Highlanders is tackled by Anthony Faingaa of the Reds during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Highlanders
Ben Smith of the Highlanders is tackled by Anthony Faingaa of the Reds during the round 17 Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Highlanders Bradley Kanaris - Getty Images

REDS captain Will Genia praised his side for its back-to-the-wall defensive effort in keeping out the Highlanders in Queensland's nail-biting 19-13 win at Lang Park on Friday night.

Wallabies five-eighth Quade Cooper played his best game of 2012 as the Reds kept their Super Rugby title defence alive in the penultimate round despite almost giving up a 16-point second-half lead.

But they had to do it tough in the final exchanges with three minutes of gutsy defence on their own try-line on full-time.

The desperate Highlanders attacked the line over multiple phases but a string of try-saving tackles, including two by man-of-the-match Cooper, saved the day before Jake Schatz produced a ruck turnover.

"That's something we pride ourselves on, defence on our line," Genia told Grandstand.

Read the full match report at ABC news online.

Topics:  highlanders, reds, super xv rugby




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