BRISBANE - Frustrated Queensland skipper Will Genia has accused the Reds of complacency after being out-enthused and outplayed by Super Rugby battlers, the Western Force.
In their most disappointing home performance in three years under Ewen McKenzie, Queensland looked a shadow of the team which has topped the Australian conference in the past two seasons.
Inspired by former All Blacks halfback Alby Mathewson, the Force ended the Reds' three-game streak with a 19-12 victory on Saturday night — their opening win of 2013 and first at Suncorp Stadium.
Genia admitted the visitors — led up front by ex-Queenslanders Hugh McMeniman, Angus Cottrell and Richard Brown — were hungrier in a complete team performance.
In contrast, the Reds were tentative in attack as they wasted their few try-scoring chances with poor option-taking and handling.
"The most frustrating thing is we feel like we've been trotting along and have just been a bit complacent," the Wallabies halfback said yesterday.
"They just seem like they wanted it more and, in the end, that was a telling factor."
Most concerning for Reds fans is they have yet to click with the ball this year and are failing to take on the line in the manner that won them the 2011 title.