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Reds romp to historic win over Sunwolves

By AAP Newswire

Queensland Reds have vented their early-season frustrations in a record 10-try romp over Japan's Sunwolves to spark their Super Rugby season.

The Reds had shown glimpses of magic in all three road losses to start the season but it all came together at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday in a 64-5 bonus point win.

The masterclass eclipsed their previous best Super Rugby total and margin, set in a 53-3 defeat of the Melbourne Rebels in 2011, and shot the Reds to second in the Australian conference behind the Brumbies and provisionally eighth overall.

James O'Connor was in complete control at No.10 while Jock Campbell shone at fullback and Hunter Paisami impressed at outside centre, having replaced injured Wallabies No.13 Jordan Petaia last week.

While the backline hummed the scrum was also dominant as the Reds scored 50 unanswered points in just 49 minutes.

Campbell was a threat all night in broken play, skimming through the Sunwolves defence to set up reserve prop Josh Nasser for the record-breaking try.

The Reds led in all three games of a tough season-opening tour against the Brumbies, South Africa's Lions and Argentina's Jaguares.

But they found different ways to lose in a exasperating opening month that reaped just two bonus points.

Those frustrations eased against the soon to be extinct Tokyo-based franchise, captain Liam Wright sneaking down the short side from a lineout in the fifth minute.

O'Connor had the side's sixth 40 minutes later, backing up another Henry Speight break for a 36-0 half-time lead.

Halfback Tate McDermott had a try in his third successive game when he was first to a loose Sunwolves pass and grubbered to himself for an emphatic put-down.

Hamish Stewart then got in on the action, delighting the 11,798 fans who hadn't seen a display of dominance from their side since their premiership charge nine years ago.

The Reds now host Durban's Sharks next Saturday night.

"We could all feel it (a big win coming)," Wright said.

"We were frustrated but confident going into this one, the last few weeks we were putting together some good stuff but shooting ourselves in the foot a bit.

"We've done a lot to reconnect with them (Queensland fans) so to give them a performance (was great) and it'll tick the boys over to show we can do that and hopefully keep it going."

Coach Brad Thorn is already eyeing the in-form Sharks, pleased but measured after his side's breakthrough.

"Quietly in you're head you're wondering how they're going to front up, but they came to play," he said.

"But being a coach and from my playing days, it's one game isn't it, so let's not get too carried away."