The to-do list is long for NSW Waratahs coach Rob Penney after watching his team get "comprehensively beaten" by Queensland just one week out from their Super Rugby season opener.
The Reds were excellent across the park in their 28-19 win in the regional Queensland town of Dalby.
Scores were locked 7-7 at halftime before the Reds broke the contest open with three quick tries after the break, the scoreline flattering the visitors thanks to two consolation tries at the death.
While Penney acknowledged that Queensland class, he left no doubt there would be a thorough examination before they cross the ditch to face last season's champions the Crusaders on Saturday.
"Passes were at ankles, behind shoulders ... and the Reds didn't have quite the same issues that we did," he said.
"That consistency factor and skill execution, minute-by-minute is something that's been a little problem in previous seasons and something we're endeavouring to work on."
The return of Wallabies quartet Kurtley Beale, Rob Simmons, Michael Hooper and Jack Dempsey meant there were going to be some teething problems.
Beale played 70 minutes at fullback and produced a night reflective of the team in general.
"They played really well and comprehensively beat us," Penney said.
"It was a mixed bag across the park all day."
The Reds won the set piece battle too, something that can't afford to happen against the Crusaders in Nelson next weekend.
"It's the heart and soul of your team and we did have some wobbles," he said.
"But we're good enough to be better, we just weren't tonight and there will be some repercussions."
Australian Associated Press