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Reds will 'get back on the horse'

16th February 2013 16:50

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Reds wing Digby Ioane juggling the ball

Reds: Down, but not out

Reds Director of Coaching Ewen McKenzie has vowed that his side will bounce back from their disappoint loss to the Brumbies on Saturday.

The 2011 champions were soundly beaten by their Australian rivals in Canberra but McKenzie was adamant they will do better in their first home game against the Waratahs next Saturday.

"We are disappointed with the outcome but the challenge for next week doesn't change," said McKenzie after the 24-6 loss.

"You need to be good at flicking the switch and moving on to the next opportunity. If you fall off the horse you get back on it and keep going. We've already started work on the Waratahs.

"There were aspects of our defence that I was pleased with and that is always a very good indicator to where the team is at attitudinally," McKenzie said.

"One of the things you talk about at pre-season on day one is that you want to get your defence right and then you build your attack. I've got no doubt our attack will improve.

"But, in the end, they were able to generate enough pressure and when you start playing catch-up you start pushing things. You saw that with the intercept at the end.

"When it was 8-6 [at half-time] it was anyone's game at that point, but you get down to the little moments which allowed them to get in front and then we had to chase."

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PosTeamPPts
1Waratahs1658
2Brumbies1645
3Western Force1640
4Reds1628
5Melbourne Rebels1621