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01st April 2013 10:13

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Quade Cooper Highlanders v Reds Round Seven 2013

Reds: Enjoy break after historic win

Reds director of coaching Ewen McKenzie says his team are glad to be heading into their bye with five from seven wins under their belt.

The Queenslanders recorded their first four-try bonus point victory of the season with a hoodoo-breaking 34-33 Super Rugby win over the Highlanders in Dunedin last Friday.

The bonus point success puts the Reds in a strong position and they will now pick up a guaranteed four competition points during their bye before travelling to Hamilton to take on the Chiefs on April 13.

"Going into the bye you would obviously love to be undefeated but that's rare in this competition," said McKenzie.

"We are pretty pleased with our work to date and five wins from seven games has given us a good platform to work from.

"We know we can still improve, so we'll just keep hanging in there and continue to work hard."

McKenzie added he was pleased that the Reds accomplished their goal of breaking their long-standing losing drought against the Highlanders in New Zealand.

"We've ticked off another important milestone and it was the one we were chasing. To also come away with a bonus point is fantastic," he said.

"In previous games we've been creating plenty of opportunities but not finishing them off. Our finishing improved and we got a reward for our attack.

"Coming into this game we had five guys pull out through injury on what was already a shortened week after the Bulls game, so to recover and get a result was very pleasing.

"It was a tight game, but also a good game of Rugby from both teams. The referee did a good job of keeping the game going and it led to plenty of attack and end-to-end rugby."

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