QUEENSLAND lost its third match in four outings this season when it was beaten by nemesis New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium last night.
The Reds were crunched 23-5 by the more fancied Waratahs, the defending premiers, who were not at their best.
Queensland suffered a blow even before kick-off, when ex-captain James Horwill was forced out of the line-up with back complaints.
His absence forced a re-shuffle in the Reds' ranks.
The Tahs' Bernard Foley scored 18 points, with a try, two conversions and three penalties. and fellow back Peter Betham also bagged a try.
Reds lock Marco Kotze scored a consolation try late in the game.
To add injury to insult, Reds back Lachie Turner left the field on a medicab, wearing a neck brace.
The Reds' absentee list already includes Karmichael Hunt (suspension) Quade Cooper (shoulder), Rob Simmons (shoulder).
For the Waratahs, it was their second win this season and their third in a row against Queensland.
Benn Robinson has made the most appearances for a Waratahs player by passing Phil Waigh's mark of 136 matches.
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