‘Reds scrum neutralised against Rebels’ – Ready

The Reds went into their 25-23 loss to the Rebels in Melbourne with positive spirits amidst the firing of former boss Richard Graham.

That was the word from the side's hooker Andrew Ready who noted that it was a week like no other.

"Before the game, we huddle up and guys like Simmy (captain Rob Simmons) and Holmer (Greg Holmes) put it onto the players now," Ready told the official Australian Rugby Union Website.

"It was pretty much the end of the game we’ve got to look at each other and be proud as a player and make the fans proud as well."

The Reds' belief that they would dominate the scrum contest was part of the reason for them falling short over the weekend.

The Brisbane scrum has always been a dominant against the Rebels but that was not the case on Saturday as they came off second best on numerous occasions.

Ready conceded that they might have become complacent with the history of dominating the scrum against the home side.

"Reflecting on the weekend it was probably an area we thought we could rock up and dominate," he said.

"We look forward to next week against the Blues and to put an emphasis on the scrum again.

"It is our weapon."