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Graham feeling the pressure after Force loss



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Queensland Reds Super Rugby coach Richard Graham is understood to be feeling the pressure in his position after back to back losses.

Graham was re-appointed Reds coach after a dire season in 2015 despite overwhelming fan discontent following a season that saw just four wins.

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The former Force coach inherited most of a Super Rugby title winning squad but has a record of winning 28 per cent.

Fans have started voting with their feet as there was just 17,535 people in attendance for Saturday’s match against the Force.

The Reds lacked cohesion in attack, frequently dropped balls and gave away a string of pointless penalties which played into the Force’s game plan. The set-piece also failed to bring any hope that things will improve.

“They’d probably be as disappointed as I am,” Graham told NZNewswire after the 6-22 loss to the Force.

“We had expectation based on what we’ve been working hard on and we didn’t deliver on that tonight.

QRU’s annual general meeting will be held on March 19 which is coincidentally the day the Reds play the Blues and a loss to the Auckland side could see Queensland Rugby Union chairman Damien Frawley replacing Graham.

The likelihood of Graham leaving has increased since chairman Rod McCall left as he was one of Graham’s biggest backers.

The season does not look like it will get any easier going forward after hooker Saia Fainga’a left the field with what looks like a serious ankle injury.

The back up hooker is five-gamer Andrew Ready, who came off the bench against the Force and conceded two costly penalties.

“(Fainga’a) has got a plantar fascia injury that he’s carried for a while. He became a little bit angry so we have to assess it,” Graham said.

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