Jones blasts ‘dumb’ Reds




Reds coach Eddie Jones was seething for what he termed the “dumb” rugby his team played in going down 26-20 to an invigorated Lions team in Brisbane on Saturday.

The Reds, after going ahead 17-6 and leading for most of the game, saw the Lions win the game through a 74th minute score from Lions captain Ernst Joubert.

It gave the Lions an amazing fourth straight win, after they were labelled as tournament no-hopers in pre-season, and also saw the Johannesburg-based side finish their Australasian campaign with a 100 percent record.

“I think we must like losing,” a seething Jones said.

“We had them on toast [at 17-6] and we allowed them back into the game.

“We just played dumb football, absolutely dumb football.

“There’s nothing good from the game. That’s a game we should have won and we lost it.

“The mistakes we made were mistakes that under-15 sides make.

“It was a really disappointing loss. We put a lot of preparation into that game and to lose it like that, it was just not good enough.”

Reds captain John Roe said it is “back to the drawing board” and lots of hard work for his team who are now bottom of the standings after four defeats in five starts.

Roe said there were some positives to come out of the game, especially the performance of the new whiz-kid, 18-year-old Quade Cooper, whom he said had “controlled the game very well”.

However, the Reds captain felt there were still too many negatives in his team’s game.

“We won some good ball from the set pieces, but it was then use of that ball that let us down. It is quite disappointing,” Roe said.

365 Digital

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