Reds coach Graham admits he is feeling pressure

Reds coach Richard Graham has admitted that he is feeling the pressure after the Queensland Super Rugby franchise suffered their third loss this season.

The Reds have played four matches so far and only have one victory to show for their efforts.

Former Force coach Graham took over the Reds franchise from Ewen McKenzie who won the Super Rugby title in 2011 with many of the players who are still playing under Graham.

For the second season in a row the Reds are struggling and appear to lack the ability to score tries as well as cohesion.

Graham admits that he is under pressure and says that he knows the fans blame him for the drop in performance but he insists that he is the man who can dig the Reds out of the hole they are in.

“Of course, I feel the pressure, the same amount as when I took on the job at the Reds two and a half years ago because of the high expectations of this state,” Graham told the Courier Mail.

“The people who support the code and the Reds as the flagship are passionate.”

“They want to see wins as much as we do.”

The Reds face a tough match against the Brumbies on Saturday at Suncorp and another loss could mean that their title hopes are all but dead.

The Queensland franchise have scored an average of less than ten points per match so far and have only managed four tries in as many matches.

“I understand the impatience out there but only when you are looking from the inside can you look deeper beneath the surface,” Graham said.

“We forced 23 turnovers from the Waratahs yet we didn’t make anything of them. We didn’t hold on to the ball long enough (with 19 turnovers) to even get to our plans.

“You have nearly 600 Super Rugby caps (James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Quade Cooper, Greg Holmes, Beau Robinson, Ed Quirk, JJ Taulagi, Samu Kerevi and Karmichael Hunt) sitting out and it certainly changes the dynamic.

“That’s not an excuse. The performance against the Waratahs was nowhere near up to standard.”

When Graham was asked if he was the man for the job he answered: “Definitely. I believe in what I’m doing and our squad which is excited about the way we want to play. We’ll be working hard to get there,” Graham said.

Graham’s record with the Western Force and the Reds stands as 13 wins from 44 starts – 30 per cent.

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