The Reds start to their African Safari turned out to be a bit of a fizzer, losing 35-20 to the table-topping Sharks. Not only did they lose the game in a comedy of errors, but the entire squad lost more than 60kg due to the hot and humid and generally oppressive conditions in Durban.
During the first half the Reds were completely spanked in every way. The Sharks, who are chock-a-block full of Springbok's stars, had it all over the Reds, taking a 25-6 lead into the break.
We don't know what happened in that dressing room during the break, but I'm guessing Richard Graham gave the squad one humdinger of a serve, because the Reds came out for the second half a changed side.
They were all over the Sharks and managed to get within 8 points. But then the wheels fell off after Beau Robinson was flashed a yellow card and told to march for holding down a Sharks player during a line-out.
The Reds were left to rue opportunities lost. Mike Harris and Aidan "The Kid with Toe" Toua both spilled their skittles just before the line.
Once again though, after returning from having his eye belted shut, Liam Gill put in a massive effort. If he keeps working this hard it will be impossible for Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie to overlook him.
Next the Reds face the Lions. Hopefully we should be able to take a taste of victory home with us.
Are oppressive conditions a valid excuse for handling errors?