The disconsolate Queensland Reds had been kicking themselves on Saturday evening in Melbourne after letting a golden alternative for a uncommon trans-Tasman win slip in opposition to the Hurricanes.
It appeared as if Brad Thorn’s Reds had been set to make a serious assertion for Australian rugby as they raced to a surprising 17-0 lead after half an hour with Hamish Stewart and the wonderful Fraser McReight touching down.
The ill-disciplined Hurricanes had misplaced two gamers to the sin bin within the characteristic match of Super Round however rallied fantastically to attain the subsequent 30 factors for a 30-17 win.
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Slick Reds blow Hurricanes away
The Aussies have two extra photographs to put up a morale-boosting win on Sunday at AAMI Park when the Brumbies play the Highlanders and the Rebels deal with the Crusaders.
Connor Vest’s yellow card for a excessive shot on Hurricanes captain Ardie Savea proved pricey because the guests adopted their inspirational skipper to attain 4 tries.
Centre Bailyn Sullivan made amends for his yellow card with a brace whereas highly effective prop Tyrel Lomax saved staking his declare for an All Blacks recall together with his personal double.
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“It’s been a theme all year, discipline’s been an issue,” dejected Reds captain Tate McDermott informed Nine and Stan Sport.
“That plus the inability to hold the ball for long periods of time, just basic skill errors. I was proud of the first half but we were a different side after the break and that’s really disappointing.”
The halfback made a telling assertion when requested by Roz Kelly as to the variations of enjoying in opposition to a Kiwi aspect.
“I guess we got away with a lot playing the Aussie teams,” McDermott mentioned.
“I’d hate to look at our error rate. If you give the Hurricanes that much possession you’re asking for trouble. The second half was nowhere near good enough.”
Former Wallabies lock Justin Harrison mentioned it was a well-recognized painful feeling for Australian observers.
“The resignation in Tate McDermott’s voice at the end of the match – ‘we’ve done it again, we’ve let ourselves down.’ 17-0, they’re going to arrive on Monday and watch that video and be kicking themselves. They were up for it but just not able to sustain it.
“We simply wish to see some larger 80 minute performances.”
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