Reds fans must be a miserable bunch after last night's 35-21 loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington. As bad as the fans must be feeling though, it's probably nothing in comparison to last night's centurion: James Horwill. Some people are saying that this was the Reds single most woeful performance in years.
The Reds came flying out of the gates with Quade Cooper running to the 'Canes defensive line, getting a perfectly timed pass away to a rampaging Beau Robinson who in turn gave the pill on to fill-in fullback Ben Lucas to dive across.
Things went downhill from there.
The Hurricanes two All Black wingers, Julian Savea and Cory Jane, ran riot down the Reds edges where our wingers were often found out of position. Jane even managed to bag himself a hat-trick seemingly without even breaking a sweat.
It's the old story that our injury-addled back line seemed directionless and stunned.
To top off the Reds being constantly found wanting in defence and losing on Horwill's 100th match for Queensland, Will Genia did himself a mischief and injured his ankle. This injury will more than likely rule him out of the Reds match against the Blues next week.
All in all it was a sad day. We could barely keep control of the ball and seemed to struggle with every basic skill and concept of the game, which is heart-breaking to see. We missed 34 tackles damnit. You can't win a game by not tackling.
Where do the Reds go from here?