After last week’s Australian derby matches, I am not quite sure what to expect from this one.
The Reds lost to the Brumbies in the opening round, really struggling to get going and find each other on the park. Their second match might be a bit of a smoother ride, especially against a team who is yet to put a foot on the park this season.
The Waratahs team is another which looks settled and almost the same as the side we saw run out a year ago. They may be without Berrick Barnes, leaving them in the hands of Bernard Foley at flyhalf, but the backline of Carter, Ashley-Cooper and Mitchell is the tried and tested, while League star Israel Folau should make his mark early in the season.
A close match, as all derbies seem to be, but I have a feeling the Waratahs might take this match.
Queensland Reds: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Ben Lucas, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ed O’Donoghue, 3 James Slipper (captain), 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Greg Holmes.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Nick Frisby, 21 Jono Lance, 22 Luke Morahan.
Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Tom Carter, 11 Tom Kingston, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Brendan McKibbin, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Jeremy Tilse.
Replacements: 16 John Ulugia, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Mitchell Chapman, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Ben Volavola.Tweet