Richard Ferguson

Super Rugby Preview: The Reds


Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 19 Jan 2011 at 09:22
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The Queensland Reds had a superb 2010 Super 14 where they finished fifth on the log, but more importantly they beat the Brumbies and the Force on the log. The Reds are finally the strong rugby unit they were in the early nineties.

Recently though, Queensland and the Reds in general have been in the news not for rugby reasons. The worst floods in 118 years hit their region, and with a stadium that looked like a swimming pool, the players got involved in raising money and awareness for the people who lost everything in the floods.

On the rugby front though, their coach is asking them for an even better year, and they will be pushing hard to reach the play offs. Their biggest rivals will be the Waratahs and almost certainly the Brumbies. Ewen McKenzie, who took them from second last in 2009 to fifth in 2010, beat both finalists the Stormers and the Bulls.

The most influential player from 2010 was captain Will Genia, and he himself will be looking for a bigger and better 2011. He will share the captain’s armband with James Horwill, who has been appointed official captain of the team for the 2011 Super Rugby season.

The player who will be most influential this season is most certainly Quade Cooper, who has showed that he can turn any game on its head. Cooper, along with Genia, form a partnership that will most certainly run out for the Wallabies in the World Cup, and is right up there with the best half back pairings in the competition.

My prediction for the Reds is that they will fight it out with the Brumbies as the second best team in Australia, and should they repeat their form against the SA and NZ teams as they did last year, they will be right up there come the play offs.

Fantasy League players to note: Everybody already knows the impact Will Genia and Quade Cooper will have, but watch out for winger Digby Ioane, front ranker James Slipper and the youngster Rob Simmons.

The Reds 2011 Super Rugby Squad:

James Horwill,
Albert Anae,
Will Chambers,
Quade Cooper,
Ben Daley,
Rod Davies,
Anthony Faingaa,
Saia Faingaa,
Will Genia,
Liam Gill,
James Hanson,
Michael Harris,
Scott Higginbotham,
Greg Holmes,
Leroy Houston,
Van Humphries,
Peter Hynes,
Digby Ioane,
Ben Lucas,
Luke Morahan,
Ed Quirk,
Radike Samo,
Jake Schatz,
Guy Shepherdson,
Dom Shipperley,
Rob Simmons,
Kimami Sitauti,
James Slipper,
Ben Tapuai,
Lei Tomiki,
Adam Wallace-Harrison



35 Comments

  • Hardly recognise any of those names?!

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.01.11 09:41:01 by Rahul Reply
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  • James Slipper hardly sounds like a name worthy of a front rower.

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.01.11 10:05:57 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • They have a core group of big names, but then quite a lot of young players.

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.01.11 10:07:41 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • It’s always exciting to watch the Reds play. They are not the best team defensively though.

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.01.11 10:08:36 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 2) :

    He has played for Australia in both the Tri Nations and the End of year tour..

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.01.11 10:08:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : “the youngster Van Humphries”. Van is a veteran. You must surely mean Rob Simmons

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.01.11 10:15:22 by beet Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 5) : I know, I just think his name doesn’t suit him.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.01.11 10:18:44 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 4) : Last year I watched just about every one of their games. Excitement+ best describes them in 2010.
    But I think they’ve only really started to change their style of play in the last couple of years. Before Mooney took the reigns they were probably the most boring team in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.01.11 10:27:51 by beet Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 6) :

    Apologies.. I must have gotten the names mixed up..

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.01.11 10:31:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 7) : What about the name Jake Schatz.

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.01.11 10:34:31 by beet Reply
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  • They play allot like the sharks played in the cc they like running the ball! Should be a good game to watch between the sharks an reds.

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.01.11 10:36:20 by Ben Reply
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  • @beet (Comment 10) : I didn’t even notice him. Does he do a lot of squats in the gym?

    @Ben (Comment 11) : Pity we won’t see it in 2011. The Reds and the Highlanders are the two teams the Sharks won’t have the pleasure of annihilating this year.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.01.11 10:40:56 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 9) : No problem Richard. I think the Reds on paper are the best team in Aus and should be setting their sights on winning S15 based on potentially topping the overall table and securing home field advantage in the semis.
    I really like Higginbotham and Hynes as a fullback, not wing. And the 20 year old flanker Jake Schatz could easily be one of the breakthru players of the season.
    I’m sad that Lawrie Weeks has left tho.

  • Comment 13, posted at 19.01.11 10:41:00 by beet Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 11) : you’ll have to wait for 2012, then. We don’t play the Reds in 2011.

  • Comment 14, posted at 19.01.11 10:43:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : Unless it’s in a play off

  • Comment 15, posted at 19.01.11 10:46:30 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 12) : @robdylan (Comment 14) : Oh yes sorry I forgot we don’t play them.

  • Comment 16, posted at 19.01.11 10:47:43 by Ben Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 12) : what he said :)

  • Comment 17, posted at 19.01.11 10:48:24 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : aha! Good point

  • Comment 18, posted at 19.01.11 10:51:19 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 15) : That’s what I meant! ;)

  • Comment 19, posted at 19.01.11 10:59:48 by Ben Reply
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  • I’m still not sure if I’d look forward to playing the Reds though. No matter how the Sharks and the Reds play when they face each other the games turn into rather dour affairs.

    The worst game in Super rugby history was between the Sharks and Reds which they won 6 – 3 in Durban. It was like watching England play – damn boring.

  • Comment 20, posted at 19.01.11 11:11:45 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 20) : That was like 6 years ago?

  • Comment 21, posted at 19.01.11 11:17:59 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 21) : It was, but most of the games since then have been similarly dour.

    I think it’s because our teams see each other as arch-rivals in the Super rugby comp. Almost a bit like we see the Bulls.

  • Comment 22, posted at 19.01.11 11:21:49 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 12) : :shock: The Reds will not be annihilated by anyone this season. They will run the top teams close and beat the other teams.

    Top 2 in the Aus conference.

  • Comment 23, posted at 19.01.11 11:24:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 23) : I know, I’m trying on some blustery overconfidence ala. the Bulls supporters.

  • Comment 24, posted at 19.01.11 11:27:10 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 24) : :lol: okay

  • Comment 25, posted at 19.01.11 11:30:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 22) :

    14 Mar 2009 Sharks v Reds 13-25 Brisbane
    29 Mar 2008 Sharks v Reds 22-10 Durban
    07 Apr 2007 Sharks v Reds 59-16 Brisbane
    01 Apr 2006 Sharks v Reds 36-28 Durban
    23 Apr 2005 Sharks v Reds 25-30 Brisbane

  • Comment 26, posted at 19.01.11 11:31:10 by Ben Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 22) : Doesn’t look to be to dour.

  • Comment 27, posted at 19.01.11 11:32:22 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 27) : I stand corrected.

    Just goes to show the difference between perception and reality.

  • Comment 28, posted at 19.01.11 11:33:36 by Butchie34 Reply
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  • @Butchie34 (Comment 28) : Haha ;)

  • Comment 29, posted at 19.01.11 11:36:44 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 27) : :)

    Go and have a look at the top5 or 10 lowest scoring games and see which team features the most…..

    Supersport has the stats for that on their site.

  • Comment 30, posted at 19.01.11 11:44:31 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Ben (Comment 26) : The 2010 game in Durban was brilliant. The Reds had just given the Bulls and the Stormers a hiding ( at home ) and then the Sharks beat them in a classic match at Kingspark

  • Comment 31, posted at 19.01.11 11:44:41 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 31) : I remember but can’t remember the score.

  • Comment 32, posted at 19.01.11 11:49:52 by Ben Reply
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  • Sure they beat the bulls,but the refereeing was a bit iffy if I remember correctly (their flanker was ahead of the kicker for a vital try (( higginbotham??)) ).

  • Comment 33, posted at 19.01.11 11:52:11 by bergshark Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) : Can’t find anything I’m onm my mobile. Telkom is useless internet at work is down!

  • Comment 34, posted at 19.01.11 11:57:35 by Ben Reply
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  • Beat the stormers and bulls in brisbane ..wasn’t a hiding,just beat them .
    Hope the rebels whack these guys!

  • Comment 35, posted at 19.01.11 12:21:45 by bergshark Reply

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