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Reds moving on from loss and focus on Waratahs

Ben Tapuai of the Reds is tackled by Ben Mowen of the Brumbies

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Article Published: Saturday 16 February 2013|

Reds Director of Coaching Ewen McKenzie says that they will move on from their opening round Super Rugby loss to the Brumbies and focus on their second round match against the Waratahs.

The Reds suffered a 24-6 loss in Canberra on Saturday which ended a two match winning streak for the Queenslanders over Jake White's Brumbies.

"We are disappointed with the outcome but the challenge for next week doesn't change," McKenzie said.

"You need to be good at flicking the switch and moving on to the next opportunity."

"If you fall off the horse you get back on it and keep going. We've already started work on the Waratahs."

The Reds ill-discipline was partially to blame for the loss in Canberra as they got onto the wrong side of the penalty count at 13-8.

Despite the final scoreline of 24-6 McKenzie said that they will take a number of positives from their performance in defence with the Brumbies.

The Reds only points came through the boot of fullback Mike Harris although they did show promise at various stages only to be let down by their ball control at crucial moments in the match.

"There were aspects of our defence that I was pleased with and that is always a very good indicator to where the team is at attitudinally," McKenzie said.

"One of the things you talk about at preseason on day one is that you want to get your defence right and then you build your attack. I've got no doubt our attack will improve.

The Reds failed to add any points in the second half but got themselves into deeper trouble when they tried to push their luck too much and Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg picked up an intercept try in the final moments.

"But, in the end, they were able to generate enough pressure and when you start playing catch-up you start pushing things. You saw that with the intercept at the end.

"When it was 8-6 (at halftime) it was anyone's game at that point, but you get down to the little moments which allowed them to get in front and then we had to chase."

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