Ge­nia hails more ‘ ma­ture’ Reds af­ter Brumbies hoodoo bro­ken

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

CAP­TAIN Will Ge­nia says his ma­tur­ing Queens­land team showed they have more than just ‘ raz­zle daz­zle’ in their arse­nal fol­low­ing a gritty Su­per Rugby vic­tory over the Brumbies in Can­berra.

The Reds were outscored four tries to one in their 31-25 win and got home on the back of seven penal­ties from five-eighth Quade Cooper.

Last year the Reds daz­zled the competition with their at­tack­ing play, but their game plan has strug­gled in the first two rounds to adapt to con­fronta­tional de­fences. Ge­nia said the Reds’ first ever win in 10 Su­per Rugby matches in the ACT was the re­sult of a change in their tac­tics from last sea­son.

‘‘ The most pleas­ing thing is we did it in a very ma­ture way,’’ Ge­nia said.

‘‘ It’s a way we have won a game that we haven’t played ( that way) be­fore. Not the raz­zle daz­zle but smart tac­ti­cal kick­ing and tak­ing the points on of­fer.’’

Coach Ewen McKen­zie said an in­crease in phys­i­cal­ity at the break­down by the Reds, where they man­aged to slow down their op­po­si­tion’s ball, was a les­son from the pre­vi­ous week when they were beaten 30-6 by the Waratahs.

Queens­land were dom­i­nated at the break­down in their first two matches against the Waratahs and the Force.

‘‘ We had our minds else­where where we were fo­cus­ing on the com­plex­i­ties of at­tack,’’ McKen­zie said.

‘‘ In the end, we had to make sure we did the fun­da­men­tal things well and I’ve said, and I have not changed my opin­ion, it is a game around the break­down.’’

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