Graham: Reds didn’t capitalise on opportunities

Reds coach coach Richard Graham says that they will work on their defensive systems for this week’s match against the Cheetahs after they scored four tries against the Bulls but let six tries slip through.

The Reds delivered an improved performance against the Bulls in Pretoria and earned their first four try bonus point for the year but also allowed the Bulls to score the second highest total against them this year.

The Reds’ four tries were scored by Nick Frisby, Lachie Turner, Will Genia and replacement Marco Kotze and Lachlan Turner added one conversion.

“The effort of the group was very good however we were probably guilty of playing too much rugby in the first half and not capitalising on a number of opportunities we created,” said Graham after the match.

“Unfortunately two of their first half tries were long range from our own turnovers and the third from a high ball which we couldn’t control.”

“The group was confident of turning things around in the second half due to the amount of possession and position we had. We changed a few things and started the second half really well with a high tempo and points.

“From 24-5 down at half time to 29-22 down 15 minutes later we had some momentum, however failure to execute a few plays and some key moments allowed them to regain control.

“The Bulls have a tried and tested formula. It is simple, methodical and effective. It is about creating pressure and we didn’t handle that well enough on a number of occasions tonight.

“To score four tries at Loftus is a good achievement and usually enough to win the game. However to concede six and in the manner we did is disappointing. ”

“It is something we will need to address this week in the lead up to the Cheetahs.”

The Reds now move on to Bloemfontein where they take on the Cheetahs next Saturday.

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