Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Thorn Puts Reds 'Projects' Progress to Test on Road Trip

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Thorn Puts Reds 'Projects' Progress to Test on Road Trip

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RUGBY UNION: Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn says he's delighted with how his team of "projects" is responding as they prepare to test their Super Rugby credentials on the road for the first time.

The Reds booked their second straight win on Saturday night against the Bulls, winning 20-14 in another terrific display built on sturdy defence and a monster scrum.

Even without four of their best players - Scott Higginbotham, Izaia Perese, Lukhan Tui and George Smith - Thorn's young guns rose to the occasion, clawing back from 14-3 down to continue an encouraging start to the season.

"A lot of pleasing stuff, once again," Thorn said.

"The scrum, (I'm) just loving where that's going. We've got to keep working hard but it's a good weapon there.

"There's a whole heap of projects out there improving slowly.

"For us, we've just got to keep getting smarter, learn fast, getting that execution and composure."

There's little time to celebrate, though, with the Reds jetting out of Brisbane yesterday bound for clashes against the Jaguares in Buenos Aires and the Stormers in Cape Town. …

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