Lucas in for Cooper as only Reds change

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Super Rugby on 20 Jul 2012 at 08:00
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The Reds have finally stopped buggering about and have named their side to face the Sharks in tomorrow’s Super Rugby qualifier, after a week full of “will they, won’t they” speculation regarding an appeal of flyhalf Quade Cooper’s suspension.

In the end, the Queensland outfit have opted not to query the decision that sees their star play-maker ruled out for a week, after a dangerous tackle in their final league game. Reserve pivot Ben Lucas comes into the number 10 jersey in the only change to the starting fifteen that annihilated the Waratahs in their last outing. Nick Frisby, who made a try-scoring Super Rugby debut the last time the Reds and Sharks met back in March, comes onto the bench to take Lucas’s spot.

Even without Cooper, though, the Reds backline is full of attacking threats, with the Sharks sure to keep a close eye the likes of scrumhalf Will Genia and left wing Digby Ioane, both of whom showed the ability to punch large holes in the black and white defensive wall during that game at Kings Park.


1. Greg Holmes
2. Saia Faingaa
3. James Slipper
4. Rob Simmons
5. Adam Wallace-Harrison (vice capt)
6. Jake Schatz
7. Liam Gill
8. Scott Higginbotham
9. Will Genia (capt)
10. Ben Lucas
11. Digby Ioane
12. Mike Harris
13. Anthony Faingaa
14. Dom Shipperley
15. Luke Morahan

16. James Hanson
17. Ben Daley
18. Radike Samo
19. Beau Robinson
20. Jarrad Butler
21. Nick Frisby
22. Ben Tapuai


  • we can match this team and beat them.very positive this weekend.lets do this.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.07.12 08:11:43 by jovner Reply
  • We can get a result here! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.07.12 08:30:40 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • We should dominate with our forwards, get quick ball to our backs, JP Mvovo and Ludik is full of running and they look dangerous on attack, especially JP he looks hungry for work, and we can’t afford any miss tackles, to many players committing to tackles in the Cheetahs game.
    We can take this GO SHARKS!!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.07.12 08:31:36 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • To many players committing to one tackle

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.07.12 08:33:20 by pierre_mackie Reply
  • Did u guys see that Sadie is leaving the Bulls now…heading for Cheetah-land… ?

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.07.12 09:11:48 by Ice Reply
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  • The ruck is where this game will be won or lost for the Sharks – We’ll need to slow the Reds ball down and on our ball quickly clean the ruck for speedy ball delivery from McLeod to our backline.

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.07.12 09:15:44 by FireTheLooser Reply

  • @Ice (Comment 5) : It was bound to happen, or doomed to happen right from the start. He’ll probably get plenty of gametime at inside centre for the cheetahs.

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.07.12 09:33:38 by Letgo Reply
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  • @pierre_mackie (Comment 3) : Defensively we need to protect the ruck area. We are to slow in resetting our defence at the breakdown and then slip to many tackles around this area. I think Kanko’s been great in this area though – protecting the channels around the breakdown.

    We also need to protect our ball at the breakdown, get enough players over the ball quickly.

    I think if we get these to aspects of the game right, it will be hard for the Reds to beat us.

    Then there’s also discipline and set pieces, but the breakdown has been our biggest issue this season.

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.07.12 09:38:37 by Letgo Reply
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  • If we can shut down Genia we can take this. He is the playmaker for his team and without him they may have got the wooden spoon this year. GO SHAAAAARKS!!!1

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.07.12 09:45:59 by Viking Reply
  • Ben10 is a capable player, let’s see if he can bamboozle the frenchie.

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.07.12 10:10:43 by Megatron Reply

  • Gill and Genia are their real threats.

    We struggled in the first half against the Cheetahs untill Brussouw left the field remember?

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.07.12 11:03:19 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 11) : but remember bissy didnt start either against the Cheetahs, big diffs when he and Alberts came on

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.07.12 11:11:38 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • If I was Plum I would concentrate all week on breakdown drills, tackling around the fringes and line-out practice (both hookers, all jumpers) – those are our weak points. In the matches where we played badly those areas caused us grief

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.07.12 11:30:20 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Original Pierre (Comment 11) : Who took Brussouw out, he’ll be playing again won’t he? 😉 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.07.12 14:53:25 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Original Pierre (Comment 11) : why did he leave ? did naka decide we need it more than orange people :mrgreen:

    seriously – did he get injured?

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.07.12 15:47:05 by rekinek Reply
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  • @rekinek (Comment 15) : hey HEY, welcome….

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.07.12 19:34:15 by Franshark Reply

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