Reds: ‘We moved on’

Date published: February 21 2015

After a disastrous week ended in a surprise victory for the Reds, captain James Slipper said they had no option but to look forward.

The 47-3 loss to the Brumbies was nightmare start to the season, coming before Friday's shocking news regarding big-name recruit Karmichael Hunt.

The possibility of Saturday's game then being called off due to the weather thanks Tropical Cyclone Marcia came and went, before the Reds lost James O'Connor prior to kick-off and then Slipper and James Horwill early on to injuries.

Despite that catalogue of adversity though the Reds triumphed, with Slipper and coach Richard Graham saying there was no option but to press on.

"I was pretty shocked [regarding Hunt]. But the boys dealt with it fine. We moved straight on. Nothing that we could say or do was going to change any outcome. The best thing for us to do was switch our minds back to the job at hand," said Slipper.

"You could see mentally they were ready to play," said Graham.

"We talked as a group for maybe three minutes and we got on with things. We knew we couldn't be distracted."