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Reds wing Filipo Daugunu scores five tries but left sweating over red card picked up in Rebels thumping

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Filipo Daugunu in action for the Reds against the Rebels in 2018. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Filipo Daugunu’s five-try afternoon was spoiled by a red card for a dangerous tackle as the Queensland Reds feasted in a Super Rugby trial game mismatch against the Melbourne Rebels.

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The Reds beat the understrength Rebels 57-5 in Gladstone on Friday, with winger Daugunu the benefactor in the first of two pre-season games before the Super Rugby season begins later this month.

The Rebels went to regional Queensland devoid of their Wallabies stars, with Reece Hodge, Matt Toomua, Marika Koroibete, Isi Naisarani, Dane Haylett-Petty and Angus Cottrell all missing.

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Five years after prematurely ending his contract at the Reds, the returning James O’Connor dominated at No.12 outside five-eighth Isaac Lucas, while scrumhalf Tate McDermott and fullback Bryce Hegarty combined to give the Reds multiple points of attack.

All four playmakers helped set up Daugunu tries, the Fijian flyer notching his hat-trick inside 36 minutes and adding his fifth inside 50 minutes with a long-range effort in the second half.

A dangerous tackle in the 75th minute earned him a red card though, with the winger now facing the prospect of missing the Reds’ Super Rugby opener against the Brumbies on January 31.

“He can have all those tries back without the tackle, from my point of view,” coach Brad Thorn said.

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“But I guess that’s your job on the end there, to put the ball down, so it’s good he did that.

“There was a touch of class from James and was good to see young Isaac working in well there and Bryce having a little hit as well.”

Junior Wallabies star Harry Wilson was also busy as he eyes minutes in the Reds’ backrow this season, but the side should expect a sterner test in their final hit-out against the Waratahs in Dalby next Friday.

The Reds held back exciting centre Jordan Petaia, while Wallabies lock Izack Rodda (ankle) was other notable absentee as he pushes to be healthy for the first round after minor off-season surgery.

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Melbourne will play the Brumbies in a Super Rugby trial in Albury next Thursday.

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mitch 1 hours ago
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Rodda will be a walk up starter at lock. Frost if you analyse his dominance has little impact and he’s a long way from being physical enough, especially when you compare to Rodda and the work he does. He was quite poor at the World Cup in his lack of physicality. Between Rodda and Skelton we would have locks who can dominate the breakdown and in contact. Frost is maybe next but Schmidt might go for a more physical lock who does their core work better like Ryan or LSL. Swain is no chance unless there’s a load of injuries. Pollard hasn’t got the scrum ability yet to be considered. Nasser dominated him when they went toe to toe and really showed him up. Picking Skelton effects who can play 6 and 8. Ideally Valetini would play 6 as that’s his best position and Wilson at 8 but that’s not ideal for lineout success. Cale isn’t physical enough yet in contact and defence but is the best backrow lineout jumper followed by Wright, Hanigan and Swinton so unfortunately Valetini probably will start at 8 with Wright or Hanigan at 6. Wilson on the bench, he’s got too much quality not to be in the squad. Paisami is leading the way at 12 but Hamish Stewart is playing extremely well also and his ball carrying has improved significantly. Beale is also another option based on the weekend. Beale is class but he’s also the best communicator of any Australian backline player and that can’t be underestimated, he’ll be in the mix.

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