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Moana fell to 11th in the Pacifica season after paying the price for a poor first-half game against the Queensland Reds in Brisbane.
A 24-10 halftime deficit allowed them to do too much in the second spell and the Reds picked up No. 8 Harry Wilson with a Christian Liali’fano pass as they chased the game in the 69th minute. Trying to seal the game.
No. 8 Henry Time-Stowers yellow card and replacement halfback Ere Enrique Moana hit the Pacific cause, but after an enthusiastic but poor performance they can have no complaints about the outcome.
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Moana Pacifica got off to a great start this season with one of their best players, Solomon Funaki’s first attempt.
However, the rest of the first half was basically one-way traffic because the Reds dominated.
Moana lost some of its stings against the Pacifica defense at the start of the year, with Brad Thorne’s side running out four attempts in the first half.
Wallaby No. 10 James O’Connor enjoyed plenty of good quality ball and mixed his attacking options as fullback Jock Campbell made two attempts.
However, O’Connor Thorne suffered a headache when he walked off the field injured in the second half, apparently having trouble with a knee injury.
Wallabis coach Dave Renny, who was playing at Suncorp Stadium, is also optimistic about a positive outlook for Australia’s three-Test series against England.
For Moana Pacifica, No. 10 Liali’Fano came back early and added some structure to the attack, but the spectators were on the back foot for too long to bring their offensive weapons into competition.
Destructive Timosi Tavatavanawai did his best to get involved – he noticed Reds halfback Tate McDermott on several occasions – but Levu Aumua’s presence in midfield was again missed.
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In the third quarter of the game Moana Pacifica saw them enjoy the best spell of the game, featuring Hooker Ray Niue with the ball in hand.
Moana Pacifica finally managed to apply some steady pressure to break the Red’s discipline, but Aaron Magar’s team was not clinical enough to pay for them on the scoreboard.
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