Queensland Reds slumped to a third consecutive loss

THE Queensland Reds slumped to a third consecutive loss in South Africa after losing 27-13 against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein yesterday.

Their cause was not helped by the television match official, or by their failure to convert pressure into points with poor ball security.

Five times the Queenslanders crossed the line, but on four occasions they were denied after the TMO ruled against them.

Replacement back Ben Lucas scored in the corner three minutes from time for the Reds, but it was too little too late.

Reds captain James Horwill said it was not the ideal way to start a two-game tour of the Republic.

"We did all we didn't want to do ... we didn't execute the last pass properly, we were very loose and we made too many mistakes," the Wallabies captain said..

It was the Cheetahs first win in three-games against the Reds since 2010, and it completed a 4-0 clean sweep over Australian sides this season.

Despite the loss, the Reds' third of the season, they remain second on the Australian Conference, two points behind the Brumbies.

The Reds now have a week to regroup before taking on the Stormers in Cape Town - they beat the South Africans 19-6 on their last visit to Newlands Stadium in 2011.


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