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Sunset fast approaching for Queensland Reds

Roar Guru
3rd April, 2013

I loved watching the rise and rise of the Reds from their disaster and failures to being the strongest side in Australia.

The team was built on an outstanding bunch of youngsters who were picked by Phil Mooney in his efforts to repair the burning wreck Eddie Jones left behind him.

Mooney must be applauded for his selections and his playing style which, although unsuccessful, resulted in playing great attacking rugby that was wonderful to watch.

This was the mixture that Ewan McKenzie built upon with such skill and mastery.

He brought order and structure and a cast iron defence to a group of youngsters hungry for victories and what a team they were – emphasis on were!

I wish to state at this point that the Reds are not a spent force, far from it, but they are not the outrageous attacking team they were a couple of seasons ago.

That role has been taken up by the Brumbies, they are playing a similar style to the Reds of 2010-11.

The Reds have also suffered many injuries to key players Horwill, Genia and Cooper.

Of these Cooper seems to be the slowest in coming back, Genia has been outstanding in his couple of games this season and Horwill looked good to me in his first outing.


Cooper seems like a player only partly interested in the game and although I am enjoying his underplayed hand and his improved defence, if he wants to be the number one fly half in Australia he needs to do more creative attacking, and soon.

Ewen can take great pride in what he achieved, but the sunset is approaching and several here on the Roar recognise the signs of a team losing its pizzaz.

It won’t be this year but it will be next if something doesn’t change.