QR Reds Head Coach Phil Mooney has again named World Cup Wallaby Berrick Barnes at inside centre for Saturday’s Investec Super 14 match against the Lions in Johannesburg, in the only change to the lineup that defeated the Bulls 40-8 in Brisbane last Saturday.
Reds Rugby reports that Barnes had originally been selected at 12 for the Bulls match with Quade Cooper at flyhalf, but Barnes was replaced by Charlie Fetoai when he succumbed to a calf strain.
“Berrick’s an international player and we need him in the side,” Mooney said from the team’s training base in Pretoria.
“It’s tough on Charlie as he did an excellent job for us when called into the side against the Bulls, but it’s fantastic for our depth to have a player like him who can step up at short notice and perform so well.”
Mooney said the selectors had otherwise kept faith with the team that played well against the Bulls, after making multiple changes in the preceding two weeks while searching for a winning combination.
The Reds shocked the defending champion Bulls and the rugby pundits with their five tries to one victory at Suncorp, but have been reminded by Mooney that only a succession of wins will begin to restore the respect the side is seeking following their disappointing 2007.
“The 22 did the job against the Bulls. It’s now up to them to give us a back-to-back performance of the same or better quality against the Lions,” Mooney said.
The Lions are in 12th place on the competition table, five points behind the QR Reds. However they gave the unbeaten Sharks a scare before going down 16-8 at their last start and will be looking for a winning performance against the Reds before having a week off ahead of the Australasian leg of their tournament.
The QR Reds team is:
1. Greg Holmes, 2. Sean Hardman, 3. Dayna Edwards, 4. Van Humphries, 5. James Horwill, 6. John Roe, 7. Poutasi Luafutu, 8. Leroy Houston, 9. Sam Cordingley (c), 10. Quade Cooper, 11. Peter Hynes, 12. Berrick Barnes, 13. Morgan Turinui, 14. Clinton Schifcofske, 15. Chris Latham.
Replacements: 16. Stephen Moore, 17. Rodney Blake, 18. Ed O’Donoghue, 19. David Croft, 20. Ben Lucas, 21. Brando Va’aulu, 22. Scott Higginbotham