Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Video will begin in 5 seconds.

Recommended

Replay video

Video settings

Please Log in to update your video settings

Don't blame the coach: Genia

Will Genia says the Reds are going through "tough times" but coach Richard Graham has done an "outstanding job".

PT2M6S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-380dg 620 349

Try telling Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham they can't salvage their Super Rugby season.

Four straight losses, a spate of injuries and a new head coach under mounting pressure - there are plenty of reasons to doubt a Reds resurgence.

Their finals hopes may now lie in the dreaded "mathematically possible" category but Graham was confident on Wednesday it would not take much to spark his 12th-placed side.

Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham.

Queensland Reds coach Richard Graham.

"We haven't spoken about us being out of the running of anything," Graham said ahead of Sunday's Suncorp Stadium clash with the in-form Crusaders.

"The formula is simple - stick tight as a group and there will be a catalyst that brings change.

"It could be something simple like a referee awarding a try rather than disallowing a try."

Graham must be hoping it is that simple.

Queensland's rugby chiefs still back Graham for the long haul but their patience will be tested if the 2011 champions' fall from grace continues.

In his first season since taking over from Ewen McKenzie, Graham has watched his side steadily get worse as the season progresses, typified by last round's 44-14 thumping at Auckland.

"Coming into the role I knew what was ahead of me," Graham said.

"Obviously you don't plan for the losses.

"You can't listen to people outside or the media and their opinions.

"You have to focus on the group and make change.

"Ultimately we are in it together. The solution is within the team and I think the group understands that."

However, Graham - last year's defence coach - did take aim at himself after the Reds conceded 15 tries in their last four games.

Last year they let in 23 in 16 matches.

"That is probably something I am critical about myself," he said.

"The last two weeks we have focused heavily on our attack.

"But certainly this week we have a big focus on rectifying that and make sure we defend well."

Another big headache is his injury list.

Dom Shipperley will come into the backline for Chris Feauai-Sautia (shoulder, season) while Graham will finalise by Friday replacements for flankers Liam Gill (calf) and Ed Quirk (rib) and prop James Slipper (three week lifting tackle ban).

Graham admitted he had never seen a string of back three injuries like he had this season.

There was some good news - Crusaders captain and 2013 World Player of the Year Kieran Read (concussion) has again been ruled out.

"I am happy he is not playing," Graham said.

AAP