Response: ‘We didn’t just front’



The Queensland Reds attacked with promise, made four attempts, but defeated All Black & Blue at Eden Park, eventually losing 53-26 to the leaders of the Super Rugby Pacific competition.

The Blues will not be overwhelmed with their defensive performances but the attacks of international stars including Bouden Barrett, Finlay Christie, Akira Ion and Caleb Clarke have claimed a bonus point and the Reds were too hot to handle, especially in the second half where the spectators were penalized 9-0.

The return of James O’Connor at No. 10 helped the Reds advance, but they fell short of the defensive standard against a team that had beaten the Rebels 71-28 a week earlier and moved to an 11-1 record this season. . The Blues have made eight attempts at night – and 19 in the last two games.

The Reds trailed 22-14 at halftime but missed 28 tackles to give their opponents no chance.

Reds captain Tate McDermott said: “After these five – 10 minutes half time, we did not make a proper front. “I don’t think the scoreboard reflects how hard we tried there but the Blues were of all classes.

Tate McDermott of the Reds confronts Bryce Him of the Blues during a Round 13 Super Rugby Pacific match between the Blues and the Queensland Reds at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand on May 14, 2022.  (Photo by Hannah Peters / Getty Images)

Tate McDermott of the Reds has been tackled by Bryce Him of the Blues. (Photo by Hannah Peters / Getty Images)

“It simply came to our notice then. I will never blame this for the effort – we have to make sure in the key moments that we are doing what we are not doing right now. “

It didn’t take long for the Reds to start making mistakes. Within the first two minutes O’Connor, recovering from a three-week absence due to injury, fired a kick from the penalty spot in the Blues’ 22 but Albert Anna’s throw was bad from the lineout and the Blues were off the hook.

Anae struggled to resolve and had to be injured in the first half. Wallabis Center Hunter Paisamio was injured and took less than half an hour to be replaced. The Blues had already lost to All Blacks center Rico Ion in the 11th minute but his replacement Bryce Him made an immediate impact, charging the hosts for the opening attempt in his first touch.

Seru Uru made the first two serious mistakes shortly after the Blues played again, which led to an attempt in the first half.

Although the Blues took nine penalties in the first 40 minutes of the two, it allowed the hosts to suffocate due to the Reds’ continued poor-discipline, and in both cases the thighs were badly exposed.

First, he lost the ball during the Reds ‘attack on the Blues’ 22 and the hosts ruthlessly opened up to the Queenslanders.

Code hopper Roger Twisawa-shake has broken an unprecedented line and, despite stopping, the Blues are relentlessly moving forward. Lock James Tucker refuses to give up several cover tackles and when the long wood falls too late, All Black winger Caleb Clark completes a magical 82-meter run by diving.

The route looked inevitable at 17-0 after 18 minutes, but the Reds found a response.

Sully Vunivalu had some moments when he decided to get involved and came to score near the post at the end of a beautiful pass from Tate McDermott.

But looking at the Reds as if they were back in the competition, Uru made his second mistake.

This time he lost it in his own half and Him makes a storm across for his second.

Once again the Reds found a lifeline, Lock Ryan Smith appeared in an attempt after a rolling mall to turn it into an eight-point game at break.

A tactical kick-off match between Stephen Perofeta and Barrett confused the commentators, and perhaps the Reds were still uncomfortable as the Blues ran two attempts in the next four minutes.

With one second, Clarke converted Barrett’s first and then Perofeta’s own effort in the 56th minute to make the score 39-14.

The Reds were relegated to the relentless blues race and their defense was never comfortable. There was a sign of hope on the other end – Jock Campbell was well set up by James O’Connor for the third attempt, but it only rekindled the Blues.

Blues star Dalton Papali said, “Winning is contagious for us. “It simply came to our notice then. Hats off to a championship team. “

McDermott was overwhelmed by the offensive accuracy of his side.

“It’s always something we’re very proud of, our attack, we just have to get the ball, that’s our main thing,” he said.

“James O’Connor handled the ship very well tonight – he missed and did a great job.”

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