Reds to bring improved form across the ditch

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Reds ensured they packed their improved form against the Waratahs in their luggage this morning before they flew across the ditch to face the Chiefs.

A New Zealand road trip is the toughest task in Super Rugby and the Reds will line up as big underdogs at Yarrow Stadium on Saturday evening.

While they were beaten at the death for the second time this season, the standard of rugby they played against the Tahs was unlike anything they have produced this season.

It was 60 minutes of high quality rugby that was let down by ill-discipline, 80 minutes of poor refereeing and the trusty right boot of Bernard Foley.It was a tough night out for Hendrik Tui and the Reds. Photo: Getty ImagesThat's not to say the Waratahs were a worse team on the night, as they were similarly playing at a level they haven't breached this year.

Rather, it is an indication that both teams are capable of the kind of rugby that can stay with, if not beat, the top teams in this competition.

If Queensland is to have a puncher's chance against the Chiefs, they must reproduce the slick hands, defensive line speed and attacking initiative that stood out against the Tahs.

"We're trying to carry on the attitude, the intent and the preparation to the game this weekend and into the rest of the season," Hendrik Tui said at the airport this morning.

"It's not easy coming back from a loss.Shaun Stevenson - danger man. Photo: Getty Images"The close games that we have lost this year have been disheartening but the boys keep on turning up at training each week and we're staying positive."

There is no more dangerous back three in Super Rugby than James Lowe, Shaun Stevenson and Damian McKenzie.

Add in the rest Lowe and Stevenson had against the Sunwolves and you have a recipe for disaster if the Reds don't get their defensive work right.

"Our ability to set up quickly on defence - a few of the errors that we made were in that area and the Waratahs definitely counted on that," he said.

"Our kick chase is really important this week against the Chiefs as well.

"They're a very strong counterattack team and they have great skills around the park so it's very important we get our line set to make sure their back three doesn't have a big day."

The Reds take on the Chiefs on Saturday afternoon at Yarrow Stadium, kicking off at 5:35pm AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.