Reds going back to lineout basics to fix set piece problem

Super Rugby - AU
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by Beth Newman

Lineout struggles have plagued the Reds in Super Rugby AU but flanker Angus Scott-Young says dwelling too much on their set piece could be counterproductive.

Scott-Young, who has filled in in the second row earlier this season, admitted the lineout was letting them down but the more pressure they put on fixing that problem the harder it becomes.

"I guess if you think about it a lot you can build it up to be a big issue," he said.

"Lineouts they should be pretty simple, we should get in, get up, steal the ball, win the ball and play on. 

"I think for us this week, massive focus for us iss going back to basics. Using those options that we know, find space and focusing on our drill."

The Reds had to adjust to new lineout combinations after the departure of Izack Rodda and Harry Hockings in the coronavirus shutdown.

Angus Blyth has stepped up in the starting side since the season resumed but he has also missed matches and minutes with injuries.

Scott-Young started in the second row for a game in Blyth's absence and he said the combinations were still building there.

"I think guys are getting comfortable in those positions, I think mostly the main thing that has been costing us is just our speed in our drill.

"We're getting in there, we're waiting around for a long time, whereas we want to be more decisive and make a call and stick to it."

The Rebels wreaked havoc on the Reds lineout in their last encounter, a Super Time draw at Brookvale Oval, and Scott-Young is expecting another test in that area.

"They had some really good lineout defence the last time we played them down in Sydney and we expect them to bring the same, they've got some height in their forwards in the second row there so it'll be a good challenge in the lineouts," he said.

The Reds have two Queensland-based games in the next fortnight after some gruelling interstate trips and Scott-Young said playing out of their home base would be a timely boost.

"Those two interstate trips, they're pretty long, long haul. We get back, I think 2am at the airport so this weekend Suncorp and then next weekend the Gold Coast I believe will be awesome," he said.

"Not as much travel time, can sleep in our own beds, I think that'll be really good for our game prep and hopefully we start well."

The Reds take on the Rebels at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday August 15, kicking off at 7:15pm AEST, LIVE on Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Buy tickets here. Buy a Kayo subscription here.