Jones to give battered Reds breather




Reds coach Eddie Jones has given his squad a two day break from training to allow them to rest, recuperate and refocus on the upcoming games in the Super 14.

The Reds were comprehensively outplayed by the Blues in their fourth round match in Auckland on Saturday.

The 38-13 loss to the Blues was the most emphatic of the Reds’ three defeats.

In addition the team is feeling the cumulative effects of four bruising games in a month which has proved especially hard on the forwards, with lock Hugh McMeniman and hooker Stephen Moore out of action and props Greg Holmes and Ben Coutts under an injury cloud.

Holmes suffered a partial dislocation of the left shoulder last week and on Saturday Coutts went off with a similar injury. Both will be reassessed in the coming week.

Lock James Horwill suffered a hip point injury against the Blues but is expected to be fit to take on the Lions at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

“I think we probably need a little bit of a break. We can’t train any harder,” Jones said when the team returned from New Zealand on Sunday morning.

“We have just got to regroup, refocus, work hard and freshen up physically and mentally.

“We’ll have a two day break from training on Monday and Tuesday and then get into it on Wednesday and Thursday.”

365 Digital

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