Hertford Highlander

Will it be like a ‘Red Rag to a Bull’ !

Written by Gwyn Pratley (Hertford Highlander)

Posted in :In the news, Super Rugby, Wallabies on 14 Apr 2011 at 07:19
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Redsrugby.com.au reports that Saturday’s Red’s Side to take on the Bulls will be trying to make it 6 Super Rugby wins in a row, a franchise record.

The St.George Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has made three changes for Saturday’s clash at Suncorp Stadium against the Bulls with hooker Saia Faingaa regaining his place in the starting XV (kickoff 7:40pm).

St.George Reds team (from fullback): Luke Morahan, Rod Davies, Anthony Faingaa, Mike Harris, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Scott Higginbotham, Beau Robinson, Radike Samo, James Horwill (c), Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Saia Faingaa, Ben Daley.

Reserves: James Hanson, Greg Holmes, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Leroy Houston, Liam Gill, Ben Lucas, Will Chambers.

Faingaa swaps places with 22-year-old James Hanson, who played an important role in the number two jersey during the Reds recent 19-6 victory over the previously unbeaten Stormers at the weekend.

The versatile Ben Lucas has recovered from a groin strain he sustained in round six and has gained selection on the bench, while Greg Holmes also returns to the squad.

“I’m really pleased with the efforts of James in his run-on debut when he stepped up against Stormers. He is a player on the rise but Saia is an experienced Wallaby who has been in good form,” McKenzie said.

“We’re lucky to have two impactful players doing well for us at the moment and regardless of who starts both players are integral to what we are trying to achieve at different stages of the contest and both will see plenty of game time this year.

“It’s great to have Ben Lucas back. He was doing really well for us before his injury which thankfully wasn’t long term. His versatility and enthusiasm will be a fantastic addition to us this week.”

The St.George Reds are aiming to re-write the history books on Saturday by winning their sixth consecutive match in the Super Rugby competition.

McKenzie is encouraging all Reds supporters to come and support the team at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday with a victory over the 2010 Super Rugby champion Bulls necessary for the Reds to remain at the top of the ladder.

“Nothing fires the boys up more than the support we get in Brisbane so I’m calling on all Reds fans to get to the game and be part of what will hopefully be a historic night for the Reds and Queensland Rugby,” he said.


  • Reading through that team sheet, they don’t have mant big names. But they do gell very well together as a team.

  • Comment 1, posted at 14.04.11 07:52:01 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 1) : Many big names.

  • Comment 2, posted at 14.04.11 07:53:23 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 2) :

    You don’t think so.

    I am starting to sit up and take some notice of them now.

    I think McKenzie is superb.

    ….and I am starting to think if they finish top overall they could go the whole way. Many a time have I watched Christchurch teams come unstuck in Brisbane ! 😯

  • Comment 3, posted at 14.04.11 08:11:21 by Hertford Highlander Reply
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  • The Reds have come back from a big SA trip, well for the Stormers game anyway – this could be a factor, or The Bulls might be angry and play a brutal game, either way, I am loathe to bet against The Vodacom Red Bulls, if the do in fact lose (Bulls), I think we could see an unravel of sorts and acknowledge that they are slipping… Big game for both teams.

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.04.11 08:20:35 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • Judging on form, I’ll give it to the Reds, but the travel factor might be a leveller. I will not put money on this one.

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.04.11 08:26:35 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • All things being equal the Reds should down the Red Bulls. I am just wondering what effect the travelling will have on the Reds and how desperate the Bulls are to win this one. Its gonna be tricky stuff…

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.04.11 09:33:45 by Viking Reply
  • Reds will take this.

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.04.11 10:10:44 by Honey Badger Reply

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  • Come on…it was only a two week tour and two countries in as many weeks.Travel will not be an issue.

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.04.11 17:24:30 by GreatSharksays Reply


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