The first upset on Kiwi soil for a decade by the Queensland Reds was inspired by a desperate outfit defending like a “pack of dogs” in New Plymouth.
The Reds laughed at the bookies who rated them 20-point underdogs by stunning the previously undefeated Chiefs 25-22 in the most courageous of victories.
No one gave the Reds a chance against their undefeated 10-0 rivals. They needed to fight beyond the 80 minutes to achieve the biggest boilover on the road this year in Super Rugby Pacific.
Incredibly, the Reds repelled the Chiefs for 27 phases and three minutes beyond full-time with the resilient, scrambling defence of men on a mission.
In that period, fullback Jock Campbell made two desperate tackles out wide, Tom Lynagh’s jersey grab was just as vital and standout Fraser McReight was one of the defenders under the Chiefs attacker held up over the tryline at the death.