The Queensland Reds didn’t have a great start with early disciplinary mistakes and fumbles without support.
So three points were taken away to the Melbourne Rebels end via the penalty goal.
But they bounced back patiently with two patient scrums when Harry Wilson controlled it nicely.
Frank Lomani may have tagged Tate McDermott, but McDermott found his man in Jordan Petaia at the right time.
Petaia found some room with the pace to record the first touch down for the Reds.
Going into midway into the first 40, the Rebels struggled to attack via the build-up play.
Despite the poor throw-ins, the Reds remained patient in the final third by using the vast areas thanks to Jock Campbell before Filipo Daugunu found Brandon Paenga-Amosa with the finish.
HALF-TIME: Reds 14-3 Rebels
The Rebels may have gone closer to their first TRY straight after the break.
But the Reds have that defensive muscle to deny the opposition’s finishing thanks to Fraser McWright.
It took a few resets for the Rebels to finally get the breakthrough but still can’t thanks to the Reds strong defense.
In the end, the Reds capitalized on the Rebels’ struggles on the final third.
The Reds looked patient with the scrum before shifting on the far left for Hamish Stewart to complete the touchdown.