Genia hails more ‘ mature’ Reds after Brumbies hoodoo broken
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.’’