Why Reds' Genia move failed

Sun, 22 Jul 2012 15:19
Large will genia reds pass2 630 Large ewen mckenzie looks 630 Large genia 630

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie admitted he threw plans A, B and C at the Sharks - without success.

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie admitted he threw plans A, B and C at the Sharks - without success.

Not even moving star scrumhalf Will Genia to flyhalf, albeit forced through injury, could prevent the Sharks from dumping the defending champions out of the 2012 Super Rugby competition.

The suspension of regular flyhalf Quade Cooper meant Ben Lucas started in the No.10 jersey, but he was replaced at the end of the first quarter when a brutal hit from the very physical Sharks left him unable to continue.

Genia was then shifted to the playmaker role, even though most pundits felt a specialist playmaker like Mike Harris would shift in from centre to flyhalf.

Sharks coach John Plumtree said the Reds' ploy with Genia played into their hands.

"Will [Genia] allowed us into the game, because he was throwing a lot of skip passes and we read that," Plumtree said.

McKenzie insisted it was the right move to put Genia at No.10, despite the Reds captain's inability to stamp his authority on the game.

"Like we've learned this year we've always got Plan B and C, and we went to that," McKenzie told a post-match media briefing.

"Will went to No.10, and went to No.10 last time we played the Sharks - so we've been practising that scenario.

"That was fine and we were prepared for that, and we got the flow we needed.

"We wanted to fatigue them, we wanted to move them around and we were doing that.

"We couldn't control it completely in the end so it got a bit frustrating."

The loss ended a six-match winning streak and their hopes of back-to-back titles.

The Reds have been in finals mode since round 12 where they were forced to go six games without defeat to win the Australian conference, a valiant performance which was highlighted by their must-win bonus-point victory against the Waratahs in the final regular season match of 2012.

The Reds entered the match having won 21 of their past 23 matches at their Brisbane fortress.

However, they were unable to continue writing their fairytale script with the in form Sharks victorious three-tries-to-two in front of 36,571 fans.

It wasn't the ending McKenzie or the team were expecting.

"We're obviously disappointed but there are things to be positive about and this group has a lot of football ahead of them," the coach said.

"We have a lot of good guys and I'm pretty proud of them. It has been a really good effort from where we were in Round Four to get to where we are now.

"It's just disappointing because we know we are better than what we were in this match.

"But we'll just keep pushing forward.

"I've been involved for three years and a lot of the guys have come into the program and they've developed as players into Wallabies.

"We've won a lot of football games and they've all put their hands up and are staying.

"We also have a fantastic record here in recent times at Suncorp.

"It wasn't a great one tonight but we will dust ourselves off and keep going from a program point of view."

Lions vs Sharks
sast: 14h30 | local: 14h30

  • 3 | 8
LIVE
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 22 July 2017
Stormers v Chiefs 15h00 Cape Town
Griquas v Blue Bulls 17h30 Kimberley
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 12h30 Nelspruit
Fri, 28 July 2017
Golden Lions v Griquas 17h00 Johannesburg
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 22 July 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
Highlanders v Reds 40 | 17
Sat, 08 July 2017
Stormers v Sunwolves 52 | 15
Bulls v Kings 30 | 31
Waratahs v Jaguares 27 | 40
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28