Reds must address ill discipline to bounce back: Kerevi

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Reds must address their alarming lack of discipline if they are to bounce back from their season opening loss, according to Samu Kerevi.

Last year, Queensland gave away the most foul play penalties (32) and spent more time with players in the sin bin than any other team in Super Rugby - shown 13 yellow cards.

It is a trait which regularly left the Reds scrambling and season 2018 set off on that exact same note when captain Scott Higginbotham was shown a red card for a high shoulder charge on Rebels lock Matt Philip in the 10th minute.

That was followed by a tip tackle which will likely see Lukhan Tui joining his captain on the sidelines, throwing the match into disarray.

No player intends to produce foul play which results in a card but the misguided aggression has consistently proved costly and Kerevi said enough was enough when he spoke to reporters on Monday.

"The discipline side - it wasn't intentional for those guys to be carded like that and I know the refs do a great job," Kerevi said.

"It's something they didn't intentionally do but it still hurt the team a bit.

"We are really trying to address that side (of their game) to make sure we don't end up in that situation again."

The 45-19 loss to the Rebels was a false start akin to the speed skaters at the Winter Olympics.

A false start is triggered in the speed skating when one of the participants does as much as move a muscle and the Reds had barely put their hands on the football before Higginbotham was handed his marching orders.

No more than 15 minutes had passed before Tui was shown a yellow that could have just as easily been red, throwing Kerevi and co completely out of whack.

"It was a funny game - everything that could go wrong, did go wrong for us," Kerevi said.

"For us it was hard to get a gauge on both our attack and our defence.

"Having 14 players and then down to 13, it was really hard to see where we are at.

"Two cards, down to 13 men and we still managed to score a try so for us it's just about building on that performance, taking any positive that we can out of it."

Another false start will likely produce a similar result on Friday night, when the Brumbies come to town.

ACT showed fight to scrape past the Sunwolves in Tokyo and will be better for the run as they look to avenge a last gasp loss at Suncorp Stadium the last time these two sides met.

"They're an exceptional team, as always," Kerevi said.

"They're one of the top teams in the conference for us to play against so we will have to be on our A game, be disciplined and physical against a side like that.

"They showed their class last week to come from behind and win that game so it's a game we can't take lightly."

The Reds host the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEDT, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and on radio.