Queensland Reds' Greg Holmes and Reds coach Ewan McKenzie
Queensland Reds' Greg Holmes and Reds coach Ewan McKenzie

Holmes plays part in victory

“UNBELIEVABLE” was the word from Maria Holmes after her son Greg won his first Super Rugby title with the Queensland Reds on Saturday night.

The Reds beat the Canterbury Crusaders 18-13 at Suncorp Stadium when halfback Will Genia ran 65 metres to score the winning try.

Maria said their son was happy with his year for the Reds.

“After the game, he said the game was tougher than any game he had ever played in,” Maria said.

“Greg worked really, really hard all year so he was excited to be on the ground for the full 80 minutes.”

Both props were on for the full game.

While he missed the Wallabies squad named yesterday, Maria said he was never really confident about making the Wallabies squad after he came off the bench for most of the year.

Both Maria and husband Keith were at the game along with Greg's sister Leah.

“Over the last seven or eight years, Keith and I have probably missed only three or four Reds games, if that,” Maria said.

“We watched him in a grand final win with Sunnybank in premier league in 2005 and playing for the Wallabies but this was something he was wanting to do.”

His mother said he still had the passion for rugby union, a game he first played at Allora State School in a school competition.

He also played rugby league for the school and Wattles, made a Queensland under-14 merit team as well as winning national and state medals in field events in athletics.

“He has again signed with the Reds for 2012, he will play as long as he can,” Maria said.

“Greg hasn't talked about any overseas playing assignments.”

She said the atmosphere at the grand final was electric.

“When the boys ran on, everyone in the stand stood, it was special,” Maria said.

Warwick Water Rats co-coach Ryan Smith said while the Crusaders scrum was strong; the Reds matched them in the forwards.

“Greg had a strong game and was heavily involved, he didn't go missing at any time,” Smith said.

The Reds trailed 7-6 at halftime in front of a Super Rugby record crowd of 52,113.

It was the Reds first Super rugby win since 1995.

SCORERS: St. George Reds 18 (Digby Ioane, Will Genia tries; Quade Cooper pen 2, con) def Crusaders 13 (Dan Carter try, con, pen 2)

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