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Saturday, April 28, 2012    Sportal.co.nz    Getty Images

Lam said afterwards that as soon as the rain came in just before kick-off the change that was required should have been obvious to his players, and the change was forwarded to the players.

But they failed to take it on board leaving Lam to say a pretty intense review of the situation would be taking place.

"It's quite a simple game. At the end of the day it comes down to field position and it comes down to who makes the least mistakes. It was quite a messy game but you really want to get on the front foot first and get ahead.

"Right from the start we were chasing the game, they struck early and fed off our errors. We just played in the wrong areas of the field and put pressure on ourselves," he said.

What frustrated him was the effort to try and play attacking rugby in their own half after it had been pouring with rain.

"It was pretty much suicide and it is something we have to address, certainly tactically," he said.

Wet weather rugby's requirements were pretty simple.

"You get down their end, you look good and the rugby's easier and vice versa, you put them under pressure down that end but when we're in our half they look good. In these sorts of conditions it is pretty basic," he said.

Captain Luke Braid said it was disappointing to concede two tries in the first five minutes because it only increased the pressure the side was under.

The breakdown had been a disappointment also. He said there had been questions about whether the Reds were supporting their own body weight, but against that the Blues needed to get numbers into the breakdown to get the clean outs in early so that didn't become a problem.

"We were probably one man short every time. We would get the initial clean every time but they were coming through on Piri [Weepu] so that was disappointing for us, especially in our 22," he said.

Lam added that Reds halfback Will Genia had thrived in the conditions, especially when without his regular flyhalf the injured Quade Cooper.