Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

McKenzie Sees Red over Underdog Tag

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

McKenzie Sees Red over Underdog Tag

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RUGBY UNION: Most football teams love underdog status but not the Queensland Reds, who are boldly aiming to create the dynasty their Super Rugby final opponents hold.

Reds' coach Ewen McKenzie yesterday took umbrage that the jet-lagged Crusaders had been installed as $1.60 favourites for tomorrow night's decider at a sold-out Suncorp Stadium.

A surprised McKenzie was upset his team, which finished the regular-season on top of the standings to earn hosting rights, were still seen as battlers despite a two-season resurgence.

The seven-time champion Crusaders do have the history, experience and sentiment on their side but they must also overcome a hectic travel schedule which has seen them fly 100,000km this season and 28,000km in the past fortnight.

aWe're not favourites in this game which I find disappointing,a McKenzie said.

aPeople want to grab the underdog status. We don't want to be the underdog.

aWe'd love to go into the game being the favourite. …

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