Composed Reds win it with defence

Sat, 22 Feb 2014 14:11
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Composure and great defence is what helped the Reds open their 2014 Super Rugby campaign on a winning note.

Composure and great defence is what helped the Reds open their 2014 Super Rugby campaign on a winning note.

A superb try from fullback Aidan Toua and an impressive debut from Lachie Turner spearheaded a 27-17 win by the reds over last year's runners-up, the Brumbies, in Canberra on Saturday.

The Reds displayed fierce defence and an intent to chance their arm when opportunities arose.

Reds head coach Richard Graham was pleased with the outcome and praised his team for their efforts.

"I think we showed a lot of character and that is a foundation on which you can build things," Graham said.

"Last year we only conceded 23 tries.

"Defence is something we've continued to work really hard on in pre-season and you saw the results of that in this match.

"The big positive for me when we went down to 14 men was our composure.

"We were really clear in the way we wanted to execute and we stuck at it."

Queensland now faces their oldest rivals, the NSW Waratahs in Sydney next week and will be looking to keep up their excellent start to the season.

The Reds' first home game is against the Cheetahs on Friday, March 7.

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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
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
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Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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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