Action from the match between Uni Blues and Uni Reds
Action from the match between Uni Blues and Uni Reds

Reds get the rugby blues

By GREG WHITE

HE may have been on the losing side but fullback Frankie Fainifo was centre of attention when Uni Reds went down 25-13 to Uni Blues in the interstate rugby clash at Coffs Harbour International Stadium on Saturday. The Country Cockatoos winger has caused a scramble among Super 14 franchises for his signature and his eventual home is supposed to be a secret. But the amiable University of New England undergraduate let slip to the Coffs Coast Advocate his domicile from next month will be the ACT Brumbies. "The contract has been signed and I transfer in November," Fainifo admitted. Still to be organised is his new club. "Penrith is a possibility," he said, "but Easts, Gordon and one of the Canberra clubs are still talking." While most eyes were on the exciting Frankie, it was the Blues who stole the show. New South Wales crossed the tryline within the first 30 seconds and for most of the first half looked a class above their opponents. Watching the action with a view to next season's selections, NSW administrator Bruce Worboys said he couldn't believe how often the Blues allowed Queensland back into the game. "It was pretty exciting rugby," Worboys said. "The Blues biggest problem was the mistakes and the endless turnover of possession." NSW showed their class with the second try, delivered by Chris Burnett. A lineout close to the in goal went almost uncontested by the Reds and they stood watching in disbelief as Burnett weaved his way around paper thin defence to score. The Blues led 20-13 at the break after a minor sensation where the referee overruled both touch judges to disallow what looked a clear penalty goal to Queensland. Once the drizzle arrived, play slowed considerably with just one final try to the Blues in the second period rounding out the scoring. "James Medlock had a top game at prop for the Blues," Worboys felt. "Frankie (Fainifo) was great in attack for the Reds while replacement Henry Vanderglus played strongly." NEW SOUTH WALES Uni Blues 25 (Peter Low, Chris Burnett, Scott Barnes, Michael Nicholson tries; Barnes conversion; Barnes penalty goal) def QUEENSLAND Uni Reds 13 (Chris Rovira try; Michael Taberer conversion; Taberer 2 penalty goals.)



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