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Super Rugby: Reds must stop the rot against Highlanders

After a run of three consecutive defeats, Queensland Reds will be determined to get their Super Rugby Pacific campaign back on track when they host a struggling Highlanders side on Friday night.

After putting 53 points past the Melbourne Rebels, the Reds have since gone on top lose to Western Force, the ACT Brumbies and Moana Pasifika.

Still up in sixth place in the standings with three wins from their first seven games, there is still time for head coach Les Kiss and his side to get their campaign back on track.

Friday night offers up a good opportunity to do just that, against a Highlanders outfit that have managed just the two wins this year and who were thumped 47-31 by the Rebels last time out.

. What: Reds v Highlanders
. Where: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
. When: 19:35, Friday 19th April 2024
. How to watch: Stan Sport
. Odds: Reds 1.35, Highlanders 3.25

Reds need to stop the rot

After what looked to be a promising start to the season, it’s clear the Reds have lost their way in recent weeks, with their 17-14 loss to Moana Pasifika a real low point.

That’s no disrespect to Moana but more in indictment of the Reds’ sorry discipline that saw captain Tate McDermott and flanker Fraser McReight both shown red cards.

A swinging arm from McDermott saw the scrum-half rightly given his marching orders, while a high tackle for McReight saw him also leave the field with seven minutes left on the clock.

Two men down, Walliam Havili scored the decisive try with just a minute to go to give Moana the victory on home soil.

Lessons must be learnt from that defeat at Okara Park and an expectant crowd at Suncorp Stadium will be wanting a response this week.

The Reds are favourites at 1.35 to win against the Highlanders but they will need to improve with and without the ball to get the job done.

Highlanders defence there to be got at

It really has been a sorry start to the season for the Highlanders and conceding 47 points in both of their last two games against the Hurricanes and the Rebels has seen the Otago outfit move to 10th place on the ladder.

Coach Riki Flutey will know his side’s efforts without the ball must improve if they are to pull of a shock win on the road in Brisbane on Friday night.

The Highlanders are 3.25 for the win, while the Kiwis are available at 1.91 to win with +7 in the Line market.

Winning their last six meetings, the Highlanders have an excellent record in this fixture but they will need to improve their defensive efforts considerably if they are to make it seven wins on the spin against the Reds.

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