Reds taking dangerous tackles into own hands: Timu

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The Reds will take disciplinary matters into their own hands through the final fortnight of the season in a push to eliminate the yellow cards which have hampered their season.

Jordan Petaia and Taniela Tupou were both shown yellow cards for harmless, albeit illegal, tackles in the borderline unwatchable loss to the Blues on Friday.

Queensland's opponent this Friday, the Rebels, are one of just three teams that have been shown more yellow cards this season and Caleb Timu admitted it was an area his side had addressed in Monday's review.

"It was frustrating and we didn't help our cause - we didn't play our best footy - but those yellow cards really hurt us," Timu said.

"They scored two tries or something and in those conditions we weren't able to come back.

"We need to fix that and finish strong these two home games."Timu made his Wallabies debut in June. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyWhile inconsistency across referee and TMO decisions alike are rife across Super Rugby, ensuring officials don't have any material to work with is key.

"Obviously those two cards were both for dangerous tackles and individually we need to work on that," Timu said.

"We need to be better so we don't give those penalties away - especially yellow cards - it just hurts us so that's definitely a work on.

"If we tackled well and didn't lift and didn't just dive at the ankles we wouldn't be in that situation.

"It's on our part as well - not just the refs.

"It's just a work on individually that we need to get right and sharpen up on."

While discipline is rarely an issue for Timu, the two Test Wallaby is relishing the challenge of going toe-to-toe with star Rebels No. 8 Amanki Mafi.Amanaki Mafi will prove a serious threat for the Reds. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Japan international demands the ball each and every start and that's an element of his game Timu admires, having had a rather quiet start to his career in Wallaby gold.

"Definitely - it's a different kind of structure that we play here so it's just about adapting to the game style and trying to inject myself a bit more," Timu said.

"For me it was quite new but being able to be flexible and adapt is something that I need to work on - especially in that setup."

If Timu is able to force his way back into the Reds starting XV and put his hand up for the kind of carries he produced in the second half against the Blues, Queensland will be on their way to a return to the winners circle.

"We want to finish the year strong with two wins and that's what we are aiming to do," he said.

"We need to play well in order to do that against a good Rebels team.

"We go into each game wanting to win but especially being at home we really want to finish strong and give our fans a good spectacle.

"We want to perform, play well and defend well and hopefully get the result."

The Reds face the Rebels at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and RUGBY.com.au radio.