Reds to take same approach against Sharks

Reds head coach Richard Graham has commended his side for a well-earned victory after they beat the Rebels 46-29 in Brisbane on Friday.

The Reds outscored the Rebels by six tries to four on their way to running up their biggest score 2011 – ironically when they beat the Rebels 53-3 at the same venue.

The Reds had been under real pressure after losses to the Hurricanes and the Crusaders but managed to win back some confidence after a difficult season that has only produced three wins so far.

“That was an excellent performance following a really strong training week,” said Graham after the match.

“All that we asked was for the players to remain focused on preparing well and if they did that the outcome would look after itself,” he said.

“I am pleased for everyone involved with the Reds. The entire playing group deserves a lot of credit for the way they applied themselves. “

“The professional rugby staff have continued to work hard to give the players the best environment possible. The QRU staff have worked in a tough environment to continue to provide all our stakeholders with an excellent experience. “

“And the supporters who have stood by us tonight saw a performance that will put a smile on their faces.

“We felt that the last time we played the Rebels our first 20 minutes was on the money. We knew if we could replicate that for 80 minutes it’d allow us to create a lot of pressure. “

“Our set piece laid a very good foundation to play, our forwards were direct and the backs capitalised on all the good work.

“The margins in sport are so small. You are only ever two consecutive wins away from growing in confidence and belief. “

“The challenge now for the group is to ensure we have another good week’s preparation and front up with the same approach next week against the Sharks.”

Graham also praised starting flyhalf Jake McIntyre and reserve pivot Sam Greene for making a successful debut.

“Jake has been part of our program for two years. He was part of our successful Brisbane City NRC team and if he wasn’t out injured since that time he may have received an opportunity earlier.”

“Too see Jake and Sam Greene make their debuts together was fantastic given their age and commitment to our programs.”

The Reds now return to Suncorp Stadium next Friday night when they will face South Africa’s Sharks from Durban.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.