JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Reds need wins with bonus: Faingaa

Date

Jim Morton

Queanbeyan product and Queensland Reds player Anthony Faingaa.

Queanbeyan product and Queensland Reds player Anthony Faingaa. Photo: Martin Hunter

Defensive linchpin Anthony Faingaa believes the Queensland Reds have momentum in spite of a gut-wrenching loss to the Canterbury Crusaders but must start gaining four-try bonus points to make the Super Rugby finals.

The competition entertainers in the past two seasons, the Reds have yet to earn an attacking bonus point this year as they have struggled to score tries due to an injury-ravaged back line.

The defending champions have scored just 18 tries in 10 matches, with three their most in any single game, and they sit ninth on the table.

Now nine points behind the ACT Brumbies in the Australian conference, the Reds need to win five of their last six matches to guarantee a play-off berth.

With a home win over the table-topping Waikato Chiefs crucial on Sunday, particularly when the Brumbies get four points from a bye, Wallabies centre Faingaa said the Reds were aiming to break the try-scoring rot.

''We have to keep believing and get bonus points and win games,'' he said yesterday. ''I think it's something we need to look into but we have to get the win first.

''We have to get bonus points … and we have to do what we can to get bonus points.''

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie said that plans for victory wouldn't be compromised by mindless attack but was confident his team's all-round play was clicking back into gear through the return of players.

''[Four tries] happen if you play well enough across the game,'' McKenzie said. ''I think if you go out there and try to construct that from minute one, you'll be behind.

''You've got to get in front on the scoreboard and stay in front.''

In his first start in 10 weeks, the fast-rushing Faingaa was highly influential in keeping the Crusaders tryless in an impressive defensive display in the 15-11 loss on Sunday when their attack was hampered by a string of breakdown penalties.

''I feel like that momentum is starting to shift and I think it's coming our way,'' Faingaa said.

''I thought some of the stuff we did yesterday was encouraging but obviously we have a few areas to improve on. I'm gutted by the loss, we should have come away from Christchurch with a win.''

While the previously red-hot Crusaders back line was kept quiet, the Reds know that they have just as big an assignment at Suncorp Stadium to break the Chiefs' nine-match winning streak.

Sonny Bill Williams has struck up a fine combination with fellow All Black Richard Kahui in the centres but it is flyhalf Aaron Cruden, in career-best form, who McKenzie rates as more influential.

''They're playing well as a team,'' McKenzie said. ''They've got a good culture going. They're the benchmark side. It's a good challenge for us at Suncorp.'' AAP

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
 
Featured advertisers