We struggled to defend against the Reds : Erasmus



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Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus said the Reds proved a difficult side to defend against after his side’s close-shave 27-24 win in their Super 14 match at Newlands on Friday night.

After 53 minutes’ play the Stormers led 27-5 and seemed to be heading for a bonus-point win and that was certainly the objective in the rest of the match.

However, the Reds managed to pin the Stormers down in their own 22m area as well put 19 unanswered points (including three tries) on the board. “They (the Reds) play a brand that is very difficult to defend,” said Erasmus.

“We were awful in the last 10 minutes. “I suppose if you played the Sharks one week, and then have five-day turn around, it’s pretty much a balancing act, especially when you have injuries to consider.

He said his team had many opportunities but were not consistent. “Maybe we’ll also have to learn that fancy passes can’t always work for you.”

Reds coach Phil Mooney was understandably a happy man after the match as his side has picked bonus points for scoring four tries and losing by less than seven points. “It is fair to say we looked down and out but in the last 15 minutes the boys dug deep,” said Mooney.

“I was pleased with the number of opportunities we created. Mooney said he had a young side and they were still learning to pace themselves.

“The outcome highlights the nature of the competition. It is such that any side can beat any side on the day,” said Mooney.


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