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Super Rugby: Reds ready for Okara Park test

After the heartbreak of their 20-19 defeat at the hands of the ACT Brumbies last time out, Queensland Reds will be seeking to get back to winning ways when they head to Okara Park on Friday to face Moana Pasifika.

Having been on the wrong end of a 68-12 drubbing at the hands of the Chiefs last week, Moana will be happy to be back in the comforts of Whangarei for the arrival of a Reds side that have lost back-to-back games going into this one.

. What: Moana Pasifika v Reds
. Where: Okara Park, Whangarei
. When: 17:05, Friday 12th April 2024
. How to watch: Foxtel, Kayo

Reds must get back in the saddle

After back-to-back defeats to Australian rivals in the form of Western Force and the Brumbies, head coach Les Kiss will be determined to see his side get back to winning ways on Friday.

It’s another road trip to Whangarei for the Reds, before two tough home games to follow at Suncorp Stadium against the Highlanders and the Blues.

If the Reds want to progress far in the finals, they can’t afford to slip up against sides battling at the wrong end of the table.

The Reds are currently 15.00 to win the Super Rugby Pacific title this season, while Moana are the biggest price of 2001.00 to win the grand final.

A high-scoring win can help the Reds get back in the mix for a top-four finish, however a defeat, with games against the Highlanders, Blues and Crusaders to come, would leave the Brisbane outfit with a battle on their hands to stay in the top eight.

Moana can’t solve defensive issues

After a heavy defeat at the hands of last season’s runners-up in the Chiefs, once again defence appears to be the major issue for Moana.

Conceding an unenviable 43 tries in their opening seven games of the Super Rugby Pacific campaign, Moana have managed just two wins so far this year.

Letting in an average of just over 41 points per-game makes it incredibly difficult to win matches in this competition.

Former All Blacks centre Tana Umaga and his coaching team will be doing all they can to try and shore up the defence, while taking nothing away from Moana’s strengths in attack.

It’s a difficult balance and one the Reds will be looking to exploit as they go in search of their fourth win of the season and end a two-match losing run that will have hurt their pride against the Force and the Brumbies.

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