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Graham disappointed after Reds let lead slip

Reds Super Rugby coach Richard Graham though they could defend their lead

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Article Published: Saturday 5 April 2014|

Reds coach Richard Graham says that he is disappointed his team were unable to defend their lead and let the Force snatch the victory out from under their noses.

The Reds fell 29-32 to an in-form Western Force team who have now won four matches in a row for the first time in their history.

Graham said that when the Reds went four points ahead they would be able to defend what he thought was a winnable position.

The lead swapped eight times in the nail-biting encounter, with the Reds leading by four points toward the end of the match, before a try to Force fullback Jayden Hayward in the 79th minute cruelly snatched victory away.

"By the time it was 29-25 we had given ourselves every opportunity to win," Graham said.

"It was pretty obvious from the way the game had gone across the 80 minutes, if you were down the right end of the field you were going to score points, whether that be through penalties or tries. "

"I thought we started the game well, but we weren't rewarded for it. We did well to come back from 12-0 and should have gone in with a lead at half time. "

"It turned out to be a 40-minute contest but we weren't able to hold on."

The Reds will look to bounce back at Suncorp Stadium next Friday against the conference-leading Brumbies.

"It's a huge game for us, it was always going to be regardless of the result tonight" Graham said.

"The loss tonight has magnified that and we have six days now to get it right.

"We need to win next week. That's an important game and we have talked about this sequence of three games after a long stretch away so it's important we get a win."

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