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'Aggrieved' Reds count the cost of loss to Lions

Aidan Toua looks set to spend time on the sidelines

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Article Published: Sunday 23 March 2014|

The Reds loss to the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday has come with an extra cost as they have suffered a further two casualties following injuries to flanker Liam Gill and fullback Aidan Toua

Both players had to be replaced during the match, with Toua injuring his peck after being tackled just short of the line early in the first half and Gill injuring his hamstring in a ruck in the second half.

They will have scans on Tuesday and be assessed, but neither are expected to be available for this weekend's match. The Reds also lost Chris Feauai-Sautia (hamstring) and Ben Daley (knee) to injury during their two-match tour of South Africa.

Reds head coach Richard Graham said the team would need to move on quickly from the loss to the Lions and shift focus immediately to their home game against the Stormers this Saturday.

"At 20-6 at half time against the Lions, we should have gone on with it. We created enough opportunities to put the game away early in the second half," Graham said.

"I spoke in the lead up about the never-say-die approach of the young Lions team. They and their coach Johann Ackermann deserve plenty of credit."

"We have been through a thorough review process today. We have a shortened preparation this week due to our travel and it is important we maximise the time we have available."

"It is disappointing to lose Daley, Gill, Sautia and Toua during this tour but that is the nature of Super Rugby and why a strong squad is crucial."

"The team is looking forward to getting home and playing in front of our own supporters at Suncorp Stadium. The Stormers have been unlucky but have a number of Internationals returning from injury and also a lot of class through their side."

"I thought Gio Aplon was fantastic for them last week and Juan De Jongh added a spark in the midfield alongside Jean De Villiers."

Graham has also spoken about the penalty count in their loss to the Lions under the control of South African whistle-blower Stuart Berry saying that he has never seen such a one sided penalty count.

"I've never seen that in a game before in my life," Graham told AAP of the lop-sided 19-4 penalty count.

"It would be fair to say that I felt aggrieved at the end of the match when we were down to six forwards and a back on the scrum and we're going forward and (the Lions front row) stand up and we're not rewarded."

"And I feel aggrieved that they throw the ball into the lineout not straight at the end of the game."

"We will be speaking to Lyndon Bray, the referees boss to get clarification."

"But credit to (the Lions). They are a spirited side and they scrap and fight for everything."

The Reds face the Stormers at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

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