Rugby Union 4 years ago

Crusaders Massacre

  • Crusaders Massacre

After the Reds wretched 29-57 loss to the Crusaders last night I have one piece of advice: the game of Rugby goes for a full 80 minutes not just 40!

I mention it only because the Reds clearly forgot this fact. They went into the sheds 17-16 up at halftime, clearly thinking they had won the game. The Reds seemed genuinely stunned and confused having to go back out on the field for the second half and it clearly showed.

When the dust settled the Crusaders had heaped on 41 points and the Reds reputation, that they have worked so hard in the last couple of years to cultivate, was in tatters. The most embarrassing point came right after half-time when Wyatt Crockett took a quick tap a couple of meters out from the Reds line and just barged over for a try.

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Weak defence, insipid kicks and a long, weird forward pass from Quade Cooper that was easily plucked for an intercept and try by Johnny McNicholl were the Reds' undoing.

Things were looking good early on. We even chalked up the first points of the match off the back of a Richie McCaw penalty.

Jamie-Jerry Taulagi scored his maiden Reds try but that was about the best news to come from the day for the Reds.

The aftermath of this weirdness should be severe. Hard questions need to be asked of coach Richard Graham. The honeymoon is over. We as Queenslanders expect results. We don't want to slip back into the dark old days when the Reds were considered a long running joke and a free win.

Next week we face the Rebels. If we can't beat the Rebels heads will have to roll.

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