Rebels coach McGahan praises Reds attitude

Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has paid credit to the Reds for their never say die attitude that kept them in the match after a slow start.

The Rebels made the better start of the two teams and two tries from winger Sefanaia Naivalu had the Rebels leading 11-17 at the break.

The Reds looked set for a third consecutive loss as the second half kicked off but instead they had an explosive second period in which they scored five tries.

The Reds scored scored 35 unanswered points before allowing the Rebels back into the match with two late tries for the Melbourne side that earned them a bonus point.

“We always knew that it was going to be a really challenging match, against a quality side on their home turf,” McGahan said.

“I thought we started very well, but credit to them because their scramble defence prevented us from scoring more tries during the opening half hour and then they were able to capitalise on opportunities after half time.

“I can’t fault our team’s effort, but we were a little low on energy compared to how we’ve been during our recent matches and they capitalised on that.”

Next week, the Rebels face the Stormers in Cape Town in the first of their two match South African tour.

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