Reds proud of response after Horwill’s red card

Reds captain James Slipper and coach Richard Graham say that they are proud of the way their team responded after James Horwill was sent off but disappointed with the loss.

Horwill can expect a lengthy spell on the sidelines as the Red card is his second this season after being yellow carded twice in the Reds match against the Brumbies in the season opener.

The Reds enjoyed their best start to the season and in the first quarter managed to score more points than in any opening half this season.

When Horwill went off the Reds had built a 3-12 lead but with having to play for 60 minutes with one less player they could only add another three points.

“I think we responded well (to Horwill’s dismissal) and we showed a lot of character, but unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted,” Reds skipper James Slipper said.

“Playing with a man down a few things had to change and I thought we adapted well to it at times, and we held in for a fair chunk of that game and we fell down at the end with that last try.”

Reds head coach Richard Graham said while everyone was disappointed with the result, he couldn’t help but be proud of the courage his team showed.

“I’ve got a range of emotions at the moment. I’m incredibly disappointed for the playing group whilst at the same time I’m extremely proud of their effort to guts it out.”

” We played 60 minutes with only 14 men on the field and we were in it until the final five minutes,” Graham said.

“The players stood up for each other tonight and I thought they were exceptional for their commitment. You could see how much it meant to them. They played with a lot of pride.

“Our composure after the red card was very good. We had a clear idea of how we had to play the rest of the game, but unfortunately a couple of critical moments and a lopsided possession stat meant we couldn’t build pressure in the final stages.

“The first 20 minutes of the game, when we had gained a 3-12 lead, we showed how we have wanted to play all season. ”

“The final 60 minutes, we showed the passion and resolve these men have when playing for Queensland. We need to latch onto the way we played in that first 20 and the courage we showed in the final 60 and carry that into our performances in South Africa.”

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