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Christie : Highlanders paid for a slow start

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Highlanders co-captain says that even though the Reds ended their champions five match winning streak he is happy with the team’s character.

The Reds beat the Highlanders 28-27 in Brisbane to earn their first victory of the 2016 Super Rugby season. Shane_Christie53.jpg

The Reds victory over the Highlanders extended the Queenslanders run against the Dunedin side to six straight wins.

The Reds raced out to a 28-6 lead over the Highlanders before the 2015 champions hit back with three unanswered tries and nearly stole the result.

The Reds led 22-6 at half time but the Highlanders outscored the Reds 6-21 in the second half but the damage had been done in the first half by the home side.

Highlanders captain Shane Christie admitted that their slow start to the match hurt them and they paid for it.

“We fell off some easy tackles in the first half, the Reds played fairly quickly, but I was really happy with our second half performance,” said Christie.

“I thought we showed a lot of character and missed out on a couple of tries.”

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