The Queensland Reds notched Australia’s first victory in the Trans-Tasman Super Rugby Series with a win over Waikato Chiefs, but coach Brad Thorn was unimpressed as his side remained hungry for the win in the last few minutes. The Reds, who won the Super Rugby AU series before losing their first two games to opposition New Zealand in the Trans-Tasman competition, were forced to stand up to a determined team of the Chiefs to register a 40- win. 34 Saturday night.
The victory was an Australian team’s first in 14 games in this year’s competition and came after the Reds had a 33-3 halftime lead, only for the visitors to get back in the game with five tries in the last 30 minutes. . “Hats off to the Chiefs, they kept playing rugby and they got a try-of-the-game,” Thorn said. “I had the impression that the guys who started the match did a hell of a job, they played good football. I was not happy with the finishers tonight.
“Their job is to come in and add, but their body language, where they’re at … You take your foot out of the throat, some selfish games there when the tryline was wide open, rocking, to two – one and several different things. “But it’s footy and we move on.”
The victory over the Chiefs came after losses to the Otago Highlanders and the Canterbury Crusaders had intensified the frustration felt by Thorn and his team. “As Queenslanders the last two weeks haven’t represented us and the journey of these guys,” Thorn said.
“It’s been a pretty solid first week for Dunedin, but there are still opportunities there. The Crusaders game really hurt in front of our fans.” We were pretty determined to have a performance here tonight. ”
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