Flying winger Filipo Daugunu has showed why Rugby Australia raced to notch his signature after scoring five tries in the Reds' 57-5 trial win over the Melbourne Rebels in Gladstone.
But it's a tackle late in the match that will have the Reds sweating on the reaction of the match review panel after Daugunu received a red card that may have undone his previous good work.
After a first-half hat-trick, Daugunu - who signed a four-year deal with the Reds with a Rugby Australia top-up component after he served the residency period required to become an Australian citizen - notched another double in the second period as a near full-strength Queensland outfit dominated the young Rebels.
The Reds gave credence to the hype over their 2020 season, taking a 35-0 lead to halftime and going on with it in the second term despite the Rebels adding starch to their front row to better combat the Queensland forwards.
The attention had been expected to be on the Reds' playmakers and their returning Wallabies but Daugunu stole the show - for reasons good and bad.
His efforts, which included everything from fending defenders away, making breaks flank, being on the end of neat backline plays and trailing the ball to take a neat backhand flick from Tate McDermott, had plenty of weight on the scoreboard but any were generated from the Reds' domination in the forwards.
But his night finished on a sour note when he was handed a red card for a late spear tackle that could have him in hot water.
The tackle is likely to attract the attention of the match review panel, with Daugunu likely to attract a suspension of some sort for the tackle, in which he lifted a player above the vertical before he came crashing to the ground.
Coach Brad Thorn felt it put a dampener on his winger's other efforts.
"You can have all those tries back without the tackle from my point of view," Thorn said.
"But I guess, that's your job on the end there, to put the ball down, so it's good that he did that."
Queensland started with a near full-strength team, running their three World Cup Wallabies - James O'Connor, Taniela Tupou and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto - as well as two-Test forward and new captain Liam Wright in their starting XV.
Their pack strength showed at the scrum and breakdown as they dominated the young Rebels outfit, winning the opening two scrums of the match against the feed.
After Daugunu scored the match-opener, a tighthead win led to their second try, with hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa then setting up a maul which the Queensland forwards marched over the line.
Daugunu added a double after that - his tries punctuated by a five-pointer from fullback Bryce Hegarty - with Hegarty kicking five-from-five to give the Reds a 35-0 lead at the break.
Both coaches made wholesale changes at the break but it was little comfort for the Rebels, with hooker Alex Mafi driving over to score the Reds' sixth try just minutes after the restart.
But with their front row bolstered, the Rebels were able to hold their own in the forwards and finally broke their drought with a try to flanker Matt Giquel.
While they were more competitive in the second term, the Rebels were unable to hold out the Reds, who played many of their big guns for extended periods.
Tupou, Salakaia-Loto and Wright played into the second half, with Thorn keen to have his team ready to go in round one against the Brumbies in Canberra.
With Queensland boasting outstanding back row depth and Izack Rodda still recovering from off-season ankle surgery, Salakaia-Loto started at lock in a move that could be a preview to the season proper given Harry Wilson's continuing rise.
If the Reds are to have an achilles heel this season though, it could be in the halves but Isaac Lucas was solid in his first-half hitout at no.10, doing nothing to suggest he will not be the leading flyhalf candidate for round one.
O'Connor showed off his silky ballplaying skills at inside centre in the opening term, helping create Daugunu's second try and moved into flyhalf in the second period, with Hamish Stewart, who has been remodelled over the off-season as an inside centre, slotting in at 12.
Bryce Hegarty finished the match at 10, withThorn able to cast an eye over his full range of options in the position.
"It's good to have those options," Thorn said.
"You saw a touch of class from James and it was good to see young Isaac working in well there and Bryce having a little hit as well.
"We've been putting it out on the training paddock but it's good to have a hit-out. And that's all it is, it's a first trial and lots of hard work and lots of stuff in front of us to do."
The Rebels chose to rest many of their frontline players from the match, giving Western Force recruit Andrew Deegan the opportunity to start at flyhalf outside Theo Strang.
The pair toiled hard behind a pack that was clearly dominated in the first half and while Dave Wessels strengthened his front row in the second term, allowing them to compete better at the scrum, his playmakers still battled to get the field position or possession of their rivals.
QUEENSLAND REDS 57
Tries: Daugunu 5, Paenga-Amosa, Hegarty, Mafi, Sorovi
Cons: Hegarty 6
MELBOURNE REBELS 5
1 Dane Zander
2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa
3 Taniela Tupou
4 Angus Blyth
5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
6 Angus Scott-Young
7 Liam Wright
8 Harry Wilson
9 Tate McDermott
10 Isaac Lucas
11 Filipo Daugunu
12 James O'Connor
13 Hunter Paisami
14 Jock Campbell
15 Bryce Hegarty
16 Alex Mafi
17 Dave Feao
18 Josh Nasser
19 Tuaina Tualima
20 Seru Uru
21 Moses Sorovi
22 Hamish Stewart
23 Ilaisa Droasese
24 Ryan Smith
25 Sean Farrell
26 Chris Feauai-Sautia
27 Lawson Creighton
28 Efi Ma'afu
1 Cameron Orr
2 Declan Moore
3 Fereti Sa'aga
4 Esei Ha'angana
5 Trevor Hosea
6 Matt Gicquel
7 Mahe Vailanu
8 Pat Morrey
9 Theo Strang
10 Andrew Deegan
11 Glen Vaihu
12 Ben Hughes
13 Ben Woollett
14 Harry Potter
15 Harry Jones
16 Mees Erasmus
17 Matt Gibbon
18 Cabous Eloff
19 Matt Wilshire
20 Gideon Koegelenberg
21 Isaac Kalea
22 James So'oialo
23 Reece Fuller
24 Jamie Glynn
25 Will Lewesi
26 Mosese Tuipulotu
27 Siaosi Asofolau