Reds v Rebels, result, score, Tate McDermott interview

The Reds beat the Rebels 36-32 in Melbourne on Friday night but their captain put on a dejected face as he lamented his side’s performance and made a stark admission.

Reds skipper Tate McDermott said his side again made it harder than necessary as the Queensland side racked up five tries and a penalty goal to beat Melbourne in the ninth round.

McDermott admitted the Reds would need to be better if they were to have any success against dominant New Zealand clubs, starting with a game against the Hurricanes in Melbourne next Saturday night.

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“It was brave, but we’re making it so hard on ourselves… we’re going to have to look in the mirror when we play the Kiwis next week,” McDermott said during Stan’s post-game coverage.

“From my point of view, it’s not good enough. We keep saying we have to be better, but we have to deliver.”

Despite the win, the Reds conceded 11 penalties in the Rebels’ six and a yellow card in Melbourne’s zero.

The Rebels at one point trailed by 14 points, but took the lead for the first time after 62 minutes, thanks to a conversion from Matt Toomua.

Then came two tries from the Reds, by Taniela Tupou and Fraser McReight, before the Rebels fought back again.

A try from Cabous Eloff cut the deficit to four points with four minutes left, but the Rebels couldn’t break through for another five points.

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“Those are just the basics of the game,” McDermott said.

“It’s holding the ball; we struggle to do that for long periods of time. When we do that we look really good…it’s discipline in defence, again we lost a other card.

“So…a lot of it is self-forced and we have to clean it up, because it’s going to hurt us in a few weeks.”

With the Reds set for a game against the Highlanders, the Rebels are due to meet the Crusaders in Melbourne next Sunday afternoon.

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