Reds wanted to repay Queensland faithful

Reds coach Richard Graham has revealed that his team were motivated to beat the Western Force by wanting to repay the Queensland faithful fans.

The Reds recovered from a 47-3 loss to the Brumbies by beating the Western Force 18-6 after a difficult week off the field.

The match almost didn’t go ahead due to a Cyclone that hit Queensland in the run up to the match but 14,199 faithful Queensland fans turned up to watch the match.

The Reds lost fullback Karmichael Hunt a day before the match and then minutes before kick off James O’Connor withdrew due to injury and Graham said the players really had to step up the effort.

“It was a massive effort from our team,” said Graham.

“We spoke during the week and before the game about repaying the Queensland faithful. “

“Given the weather we have had in the last couple of days and this morning, to see the number of people turn up tonight was inspiring for the group.

“This was a physical game and the team showed a lot of character. I thought it was excellent. “

“That being said, we’ve got a short turnaround now for the Highlanders, so it’s straight back to business as usual tomorrow to prepare for that match.”

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