Queensland got their chances in the second half after a solid opening on 40 minutes, but Ardie Savea’s steal thwarted their best effort 15 minutes from time after previously having a try overturned after being judged for a forward pass.
Jamie Booth, Julian Savea and Tyrel Lomax all then crossed in the final 12 minutes to secure a comprehensive bonus points win.
The Hurricanes have now won 12 of their last 13 games against Queensland and the loss marks the Reds’ 11th consecutive game against the New Zealand opposition.
But there was some excitement for the Reds in the defeat, with young Tom Lynagh impressing on his debut for the club.
Dad and Wallabies great Michael Lynagh traveled from England to see his son’s first start in Super Rugby, and Tom impressed at both ends of the pitch.
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones was also present for the young half’s debut.
Coach Brad Thorn was disappointed with the result but said Lynagh’s performance will “definitely” keep him in the flyhalf hunt, even with reinforcements returning from injury.
The 19-year-old was effectively composed and distributed, making crucial last-man tackles outside line breaks.
And he adapted well to the messy play in the opening 40 minutes at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.
Queensland had the upper hand early on, with Lynagh kicking two penalties from similar distances to the right of the posts.
The Reds were later penalized twice and Jordie Barrett kicked two penalties in response.
Within two minutes, both sides traded tries, the first to Jordan Petaia and then Billy Proctor stepped two defenders onto the right edge for the Hurricanes.
Barrett threw another penalty just before half-time to give his side a 16–13 lead at the break before they tried five times in the second half.