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McKenzie pleased after Reds break Dunedin jinx

Ewen McKenzie is now the most capped Super Rugby coach

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Article Published: Saturday 30 March 2013






Reds Director of coaching Ewen McKenzie says that he is pleased that the Reds have broken their long-standing losing drought against the Highlanders in New Zealand.

The Reds recorded their first four-try bonus point victory of the season with a hoodoo-breaking 33-34 Super Rugby win over New Zealand's Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday.

The victory was also a fitting way to recognise a number of individual milestones with Director of Coaching Ewen McKenzie becoming the most capped Super Rugby coach in history with 121 games, while centre Anthony Faingaa had a standout game in his 50th game for Queensland.

"We've ticked off another important milestone and it was the one we were chasing. To also come away with a bonus point is fantastic," McKenzie said.

"In previous games we've been creating plenty of opportunities but not finishing them off. Tonight, our finishing improved and we got a reward for our attack.

"Coming into this game we had five guys pull out through injury on what was already a shortened week after the Bulls game, so to recover and get a result was very pleasing.

"It was a tight game, but also a good game of Rugby from both teams. The referee did a good job of keeping the game going and it led to plenty of attack and end-to-end Rugby.

"Going into the bye you would obviously love to be undefeated but that's rare in this competition. We are pretty pleased with our work to date and five wins from seven games has given us a good platform to work from.

"We know we can still improve, so we'll just keep hanging in there and continue to work hard."

The Reds have a bye next weekend and then they face the Chiefs in Hamilton before returning home to the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium.

 
 
 
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