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EM­BAR­RASSED REDS VOW TO BOUNCE BACK

- MARCO MONTEVERDE Sports · Rugby · Super Rugby · Liverpool Football Club · Crawley Town F.C. · Melbourne Rebels · New South Wales · Queensland · Australia · Jordan Petaia

QUEENS­LAND skip­per Liam Wright has vowed that one hor­ror half of foot­ball would not de­rail the Reds’ sea­son.

The Reds are out for re­demp­tion on Satur­day night against the Mel­bourne Rebels at Sun­corp Sta­dium, af­ter be­ing thrashed 45-12 by NSW.

The heavy week­end de­feat has re­sulted in Queens­land – who were un­de­feated af­ter three matches – drop­ping to fourth on the Su­per Rugby AU ta­ble.

Wright and his Reds were em­bar­rassed by their first-half dis­play at the SCG, with the Waratahs hav­ing led 38-0 at the break.

“It was an un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally bad half from us and it cost us dearly,” he said.

“We let them get way too far ahead. We just didn’t start the way we wanted to and it got away from us pretty quickly.

“We can’t hide from it. We didn’t show much fight in that first half. We ex­e­cuted re­ally poorly. We didn’t adapt to the con­di­tions.

“Ev­ery­thing they tried worked and, con­versely, ev­ery­thing we tried didn’t.”

Wright said the build-up to the match had been tough fol­low­ing the death of Queens­land star Jor­dan Pe­taia’s father.

“It was a very emo­tional few days. Jordy is a big part of this team and the whole Reds fam­ily’s hurt­ing,” he said.

“(But) out of re­spect for them, we don’t want to use that as an ex­cuse (for the loss).

“Ul­ti­mately, we’ve still got to turn up and do them proud.”

Pe­taia did not play against the Waratahs, and it’s un­known whether he will re­turn this week­end when the Reds seek to bounce back af­ter suc­ces­sive losses.

“We’re not aban­don­ing ship … I don’t think there are any guys too wor­ried in this team,” Wright said.

“When we do stick to our pro­cesses and play to our guns, it does work out.”

“It’s open for ev­ery­one, this comp now. It’s go­ing to make for an ex­cit­ing last few weeks for the fans. We’ve just got to get back on the horse.”

 ?? Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages ?? Waratahs skip­per Michael Hooper re­ceives the Bob Tem­ple­ton Cup watched by Queens­land cap­tain Liam Wright.
Pic­ture: Getty Im­ages Waratahs skip­per Michael Hooper re­ceives the Bob Tem­ple­ton Cup watched by Queens­land cap­tain Liam Wright.

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