15 Mar 2010

Reds thump Force in Brisbane

5:58 am on 15 March 2010

The Queensland Reds celebrated their long-awaited Super rugby resurgence with a record 50 points to 10 won over the Western Force in Brisbane.

A Suncorp Stadium crowd of 20,016 lapped up every moment of the one-sided affair, especially the first half as Reds playmaker Quade Cooper had the ball on a string.

The Reds cut loose to run in seven tries to one against the hapless and injury-riddled Force who have endured a dreadful start to 2010.

It was Queensland's biggest ever Super rugby win, eclipsing the 37-point margins registered in beating the Blues (50-13) in 1996 and the Sharks (40-3) in 1997.

Showing how bad things have been in the past decade, their round five rise to sixth on the Super 14 table with a 3-2 record is their best start to a season since 1999.

It was also the first time Queensland, who upset 2009 finalists the Chiefs last week, have enjoyed back-to-back victories in four years.

The unbeaten Bulls top the table with 20 points, the Stormers have 19 and the Crusaders 18.