McKenzie pleased after Reds score 3 tries to 1

Reds Director of Coaching Ewen McKenzie was pleased with his team’s mindset and thier attack even though they drew 19-all with the Brumbies.

The Reds produced an entertaining and highly physical brand of Rugby to score three tries through Jake Schatz, Rod Davies and Liam Gill although would consider themselves unlucky not to walk away with the victory after crossing the tryline on an additional four occasions only to come away empty handed.

Prop Ben Daley and lock Rob Simmons were both deemed to be held up over the line while centre Anthony Faingaa and flyer Rod Davies also came agonisingly close in attempts to ground the football on front of the 38,404 strong crowd.

“I was pleased we came here to play. We scored three tries and got over the tryline a bunch of times,” Reds Director of Coaching Ewen McKenzie said.

“There was a big crowd and they wanted to see some action. In the end, we were determined to score tries so we got on with it. I was quite heartened by the way we went about things, which was quite productive. “

“There was a heap of opportunities in the game so you can’t say we didn’t impose ourselves on the match.”

“Unfortunately the scoreboard will never reflect that. Had we been a bit more disciplined at times we would have done better.”

Long periods of sustained attacking pressure forced the Brumbies to commit 12 of their 16 total penalties in their defending quarter and they were twice punished with yellow cards to centre Christian Lealiifano and reserve prop Scott Sio.

However, Reds captain James Horwill also conceded the Reds should have been more clinical with their opportunities.

“We went out there with a positive mindset and tried to play but there was some cynical stuff. “

“But, in the end, we probably should have been better with our ability to execute, especially when they were down to 14 men,” Horwill said.

“We just wanted to keep the pressure on and the way we did that was by getting up and having them make more tackles.”

The Reds took two competition points from the match and now have the second highest points total.

The Reds remain in Brisbane this week as they host New Zealand Conference leaders the Blues who will be coming off a bye.

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