Reds mistakes allowed Canes to run away with win

Reds coach Richard Graham says that their second half errors against the Hurricanes allowed the hosts to run away with a 35-21 victory over his team in Wellington.

The Reds were looking to celebrate the 100th Queensland cap of captain James Horwill and 50th for centre Ben Tapuai, but after leading 14-10 at halftime they were over run in the second half by the fast-finishing Hurricanes.

The result is the 8th consecutive match in Wellington between the teams that has ended with the Hurricanes on top.

Graham said his side had entered the second half with confidence, but had put themselves under pressure down in the early stages of the second half.

“At half time, the playing group were buoyed by some very good aspects of our first half,” said Graham after the match.

“We controlled possession well and it ultimately led to a try and a number of penalty goals,” added the coach.

“The first seven minutes of the second half was chaotic and we struggled to gain shape and control, which they capitalised on. “

“As was pretty consistent with the way the game had unfolded, with nine minutes to go we were just four points down and I felt we had the momentum to finish the game strongly. “

“Unfortunately we made a few back-to-back errors which gave the Hurricanes momentum and allowed them to run away with it.”

The Reds have now lost their last three matches and have an extra worry for next week as former captain Will Genia was forced from the field in the second half after receiving a knock to the ankle.

Genia will receive scans in Auckland to confirm there is no damage to his ankle, but Reds medical staff were optimistic following the match.

Graham said it was vital his team responded positively to the disappointment of the loss.

“We’ve got to continue to believe that we’re a bloody good side capable of turning this around and gathering some momentum and posting a number of consecutive wins together,” Graham said.

The Reds now stay in New Zealand where they will play the Blues next Friday.

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