Super Rugby

Reds coach positive despite late loss to Crusaders




Queensland Reds Super Rugby head coach Nick Stiles has praised his players even though they suffered a late loss to the Crusaders.

The Reds were unable to score a point in the second half and the Crusaders scored 15 unanswered points including the extra time match winning penalty to deny the Queensland side the victory.

Stiles said that while he was disappointed to not come away with a win he was pleased to see how well his players performed.

“I’m disappointed we didn’t finish the game off, but I thought the boys came out and played some of the best football we’ve played, particularly in that first half,” he said.

“The team played to what we have been working really hard on at training so it was enjoyable as a coach to see that transference.

“We were up against one of the best sides in Super Rugby history and we’ve lost to them after the full-time whistle which shows that we’ve competed.

“Performance is about results and we’re determined to chase some wins on our two-week tour of South Africa and Argentina.”

The Reds will now travel to South Africa to play the Lions in Johannesburg and then to Argentina where they will play the Jaguares in Buenos Aires.

The Reds will then return home to host the Hurricanes.


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