Kerevi confident Reds can mix it with Canes

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

His team's performances have left little to be desired but Samu Kerevi remains confident the Reds can compete with the Hurricanes if they play their "brand" of rugby.

If the 1-4 Queensland side are to salvage their Super Rugby season they will need to play that brand against the Canes who are refreshed, relaxed and raring to go after enjoying a bye last weekend.

Perhaps the only evidence the Reds can play at the level required to compete with the best of the best was their performance against the Crusaders, where they were beaten in heartbreaking fashion after the final siren.

Rubbish refereeing did not help their cause against the Jaguares but they were no where near that level on Sunday, nor were they against the Lions in the week prior.Samu Kerevi has been Queensland's best player in 2017. Photo: Getty ImagesBut Kerevi, who along with Karmichael Hunt provided a rare spark for the Reds in the 22-8 loss, remains confident his team can piece together some rugby that will challenge one of the best teams in Super Rugby on Saturday night.

"There’s plenty of room for improvement but if we stick to our game plan and the structures that we have been sticking to all throughout preseason and throughout the week, I think we will put ourselves in a better position than we have in the past couple of weeks," Kerevi said.

"We need to stick to what we are practicing all week and under pressure we are going away from that.

"It’s the discipline, we’ve got to be disciplined enough to our structures."

The Reds were woeful defensively in the first 40 minutes against the Jaguares, falling off 14 tackles and allowing the Jaguares back three to slice through their line from standing starts.

Coach Nick Stiles ripped into his team at half-time and Kerevi said they must lift in that space against a Hurricanes team that has more tries and line breaks than any other in Super Rugby.

"We looked at it defensively and for us it’s getting those one-on-one’s, getting in a good position to make those one-on-one tackles, that’s what let us down in the Jaguares game," he said.

"It’s something we want to work on this week, especially against a team like the Hurricanes, we want to be on point with that.

"The bond of the boys is going really well but we just need to get it from the training paddock to the game."