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Queensland Reds' Quade Cooper runs the ball in his Super Rugby return (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)
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Queensland Reds Vs. The Highlanders
2012 Super Rugby Tournament, 7 July, 2012
|Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, QLD|
|Queensland Reds 19 defeated The Highlanders 13|
|Queensland Reds||The Highlanders|
|Referee: JI Kaplan|
|Touch judges: A Gardiner & J Leckie|
Join us from 7.30pm AEST tonight for one of the big matches of the penultimate round of the Super Rugby season as the Reds host the Highlanders at Suncorp.
There have been more mathematical permutations flying around the world of Super Rugby than what it takes to understand the Higgs Boson discovery. The reality is that matches such as this need to be played out before we know exactly where we stand.
Both the Reds and Hurricanes are valiantly striving for the most points possible and hoping a few other results go their way.
Being on 49 competition points and behind the 6th place Hurricanes only on tie-breaker, the Reds are in the most commanding position of the two.
When considering a path for the Highlanders to reach the finals it really becomes apparent that a Large Hadron Collider is needed to remove obstacles. They need to beat the Reds and hope some sort of calamity befalls the Hurricanes, Crusaders and Bulls to give them a good chance.
On the field things could get interesting tonight, you can’t really predict what sort of game the Reds will play ahead of time.
However the Highlanders might expect fireworks and be prepared to hit the Reds hard early and disrupt Will Genia at the base of the scrum.
Genia’s service to Cooper was fairly undisturbed last week against the Rebels and the result was game over by half-time. The best way to stop his freedom isn’t just to flood the break down – although Aaron Smith treatment by the Chiefs displays how effective that strategy is. Achieving dominant tackles means the Reds forwards are called upon to save possession and gives Genia less moving options around the ruck.
The Highlanders are an interesting rugby team. They have the ability to really move the ball at pace and give teams a torrid time out wide through Smith’s quick service and the running ability of Hosea Gear, Kade Poki and Ben Smith.
Alternatively, as their struggle with the Hurricanes earlier in the year suggests, they are able to play the percentages and take the sting out of the opposition’s momentum.
This squad is still turning the corner from a few years of below par results but their ability to toggle between playing styles as a game unfolds is a good of their improvement and composure.
No matter the playing styles you can guarantee that everyone on the field will be playing like their season’s are on the line tonight – they are.
Don’t forget to tune in tonight for all the updates, scores and banter you can handle!
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