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Kefu puts hell of a week behind him

By Jim Morton 28/02/2004 11:12:10 PM Comments (0)

Steve Kefu's week of hell became a distant memory in nine minutes as he launched a 39-25 Queensland Super 12 victory over the Chiefs.

In an amazing return to rugby, Kefu shrugged off illness and the threat of a drug ban by crossing for two tries in a dream opening at Ballymore.

His efforts, including a solo 30m tackle-shedding run to score after only 24 seconds, helped the Reds to a 12-3 lead.

They went on to dominate most of the first half to hold a 18-10 advantage at the break but lost momentum as the spirited Chiefs fought back to appear the stronger at 18-18 midway through the second half.

A crisp, flat pass from skipper Elton Flatley to put outstanding fullback Chris Latham over in the 63rd minute allayed fears of a second straight defeat to break the game open.

The Chiefs were then killed off 10 minutes later when Latham popped a fine inside ball for Wendell Sailor to charge over and secure a bonus point.

"Five points is always important, especially when you are playing at home," said a delighted Flatley.

"The forward really lifted this week and they had to after last week's performance."

From the kick-off Queensland looked a different side to the one which was embarrassed 39-8 by the Highlanders in the opening round.

Like Kefu, who was also prominent in defence, halfback Josh Valentine shrugged off a strained quadricep to produce a fine game.

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