QR Reds lock Van Humphries will miss Saturday’s home game against the Sharks with a shoulder injury, while loosehead prop Greg Holmes is also highly unlikely to play.
RedsRugby reports that head Coach Phil Mooney said Holmes has a shoulder injury at the base of the neck which will probably demand he be rested. Humphries has a painful injury to the AC joint that forced him off the field nine minutes in to the second half of Friday night’s match against the Waratahs.
“Greg has played every minute of our four games to date so we’ll probably opt to leave him out for this game so he has this weekend and then the bye a week later to rest and get himself right,” Mooney said.
Young prop Ben Daley is in line to make his first starting appearance for the Reds in Super 14 rugby. Daley’s only appearance so far has been off the bench against the Crusaders at Suncorp Stadium last year.
Daley, 21 this year, has been playing well for the QAS Reds Academy 2nd XV side in curtain raiser games, as has the likely bench replacement at lock, former Highlanders forward Ezra Taylor.
Adam Byrnes, who started both games for the Reds in South Africa, will come into the starting 15 for Humphries.
Mooney will officially name his full starting team on Wednesday morning.Tweet