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Reds 'very happy' to get a win in Canberra

Reds captain James Horwill celebrates as his team open their with a win

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Article Published: Saturday 22 February 2014|

Queensland Reds captain James Horwill admitted that they had been their own worst enemies in their 17-27 Super Rugby opening victory over the Brumbies but says he is still pleased with the result.

The Brumbies opened the scoring in the first Australian Super Rugby match of the year and went out to a 6-0 lead.

The Canberra based Brumbies then gave a glimpse of their backline power with pacey runs from both wingers Joe Tomane and Henry Speight but both were prevented from scoring by try saving tackles from Reds winger Lachie Turner.

Reds fullback Aidan Touia showed an incredible turn of pace on his way to scoring the Queenslanders first try before former Waratahs winger Turner scored their second try.

The Reds looked to be in control of the match and even managed to gain the ascendancy over the Brumbies line out and went into the break leading 9-17.

After the break however the Brumbies looked to be the stronger team and the home side dominated possession and territory more and more as the match progressed leaving the Reds relying on their defence.

Three minutes from time though Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg lost control of the ball in front of his tryline which allowed Chris Feauai-Sautia to put the result beyond doubt.

"We're very pleased to get a win down here," said Horwill after the match.

"It's a tough place to play and a tough place to win."

"We're pleased we stuck to the game plan. There were times in that second half we were our own worst enemies, giving away silly penalties and making mistakes at our end."

"But it was pleasing that we stuck to what we wanted to do and got the result we were looking for."

The Reds travel to Sydney next week for another Australian derby clash against the Waratahs while the Brumbies face the Western Force in Perth.

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