Slipper: Poor execution and changes cost the Reds

Reds captain James Slipper has blamed his team’s 17-18 Super Rugby loss at home in Brisbane to the Lions on their poor execution.

The Reds started their season with a 47-3 loss to the Brumbies in Canberra but bounced back a week later by beating the Force 18-6 in Brisbane.

Since then the Reds have lost their last four matches and have a record of played six and won one.

Some of the Reds previous losses were blamed on the team’s heavy injury toll but for this week’s match they had six players back from injury including Quade Cooper.

Slipper blamed the loss of his team’s poor execution and also on the returning talent that had come into the team.

“Essentially with all the blokes coming back into the side we had a few changes and it’s hard to build consistency with that sort of player movement,” Slipper said after the match. .

“I thought the effort was there, I just think our execution let us down.”

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