Back to drawing board for beaten Queensland Reds

RUGBY UNION: Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham conceded there was plenty of work to be done before next week's clash with the Cheetahs in South Africa after his side's 43-22 defeat to the Bulls in Pretoria.

The loss was the Reds' seventh of the season and leaves them firmly rooted to the bottom of the Super Rugby ladder on seven points.

They did claim a bonus point for scoring four tries in defeat but Graham said his team was guilty of not capitalising on the opportunities created in the first half.

He was happier with the second-half showing after being 24-5 down at half-time.

"To score four tries at Loftus is a good achievement and usually enough to win the game," he said.

"However, to concede six and in the manner we did is disappointing.

"It is something we will need to address this week in the lead up to the Cheetahs."

The Cheetahs will be confident ahead of next week's game after winning their first Super Rugby game in Australasia.

The Cheetahs went into the match against the Western Force in Perth on a five-match losing streak and trailed 10-8 at half-time.

But they scored the last 16 points of the match in slippery conditions to overpower the home side and notch their third win in eight games this season, 24-15 at nib Stadium.

Meanwhile, the Waratahs will travel to take on the unbeaten Hurricanes on the back of a 32-18 defeat at the hands of the Stormers in Sydney on Saturday night.

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