Rugby Union 4 years ago

Reds must keep their flair

  • Reds must keep their flair

Even though the Queensland Reds were thumped in their last outing against their rivals the Waratahs, they should not be deterred by one defeat.

Yes, the score line reads that the Reds played poorly, but most teams would have struggled against the dangerous likes of Hooper, Beale, and of course, Folau, the current freak of world rugby.

However Queensland have their own weapons, and these weapons have won the Super Rugby title before.

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Names such as Genia, Cooper, Gill and Horwill are proven match winners not only for their state, but also for their country so strike power and experience should not be a problem this season.

The problem is if Richard Graham will be able to extract the same attacking flair that Ewen McKenzie did in his four seasons as Reds head coach.

Or has it all been whisked away to the national side along with McKenzie?

Their season opener against the Brumbies in Canberra indicated that even though they were not at their best, they still†were able to play†with some of the skills developed over the last†few years.

Defence was especially impressive as the Reds were able to repel the Brumbies on a number of occasions close to their line.

One pleasing aspect for Richard Graham was the extra x-factor fullback Aidan Toua gave to the side with the speed he showed to score a 50 metre solo try where no one laid a hand on him.

His athleticism is something Graham will continue to†look to use in combination with Quade Cooper, as something to fill the huge void left by attacking weapon Digby Ioane.

The big loss in Sydney last weekend meant that we did not get to see Grahamís tactics in its fullest, but both Brumbies and Waratahs games have shown that the change in head coach has not changed the Reds style of play dramatically.

However we will likely see in the coming weeks the influence that Richard Graham has as he tries to put his own stamp on the Queensland franchise.

We will be watching closely as the Reds play their first home game this Friday at Suncorp Stadium, a place where they hardly lose.

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