Reds won’t rush to splash cash on rebuild


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    Rebuilding Queensland Reds will not involve a frenzied dash for players cut from either the Western Force or Melbourne Rebels.

    With the axe set to fall on one of Australia’s Super Rugby franchises before the 2018 season, the embattled Queenslanders could be tempted to go to market.

    But after a disappointing season that reaped just four wins and ended in a 40-17 loss to the Highlanders on Friday night, coach Nick Stiles plans to keep the faith in the young brigade the club recruited prior to the 2017 season.

    “It’s very clear we are in the early stage of a growth period,” Stiles said.

    “All of those young players … they’re in the first year of contracts. So we’ve got a very consistent squad to move forward into next year with.

    “The season we’ve had now, you’re building those combinations, the cohesiveness of the group. Moving forward that is going to much better.”

    That’s not to say the Reds are shutting the door on recruitment entirely.

    “There’s still a couple of positions that we haven’t filled out and we will look to supplement the group with,” Stiles said.

    But despite the results not coming, Stiles said there was every reason for Reds fans to be optimistic about the future.

    “I am really excited to see the growth of some of those young guys,” he said.

    “Taniela Tupou was outstanding tonight, he has really finished the season off strongly.

    “Alex Mafi came on and played really well in the second half, Markus Vanzati did his job again in the front row.

    “We’ve seen the emergence of two big, physical second-rowers in Lukhan Tui and Izack Rodda. I think they will really be a combination that will really drive forward and become dominant.

    “Adam Korczyk was really solid this year, I thought Caleb Timu starting for us tonight was really good.

    “And then in our back guys you’ve got Duncan Paia’aua who had a really solid, consistent year. Izaia Perese, the experience he’s had in Super Rugby, he’s going to be a lot better for it.

    “Hamish Stewart got good experience, probably a bit ahead of time. But once again he’s a really tough country kid and he’s going to be even better so there are a lot of positives there.”

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    • Roar Rookie

      July 15th 2017 @ 11:58am
      Paul D said | July 15th 2017 @ 11:58am | ! Report

      Given the roster, I doubt they have much cash left the splash anyway..

    • Roar Guru

      July 15th 2017 @ 12:01pm
      Hoy said | July 15th 2017 @ 12:01pm | ! Report

      Boy their defense was terrible last night. It was like they had checked out a week early… I guess from their position on the table, it is hard to get up for the last week, but man, have a little bit of a dig. Some of the lack of defense was just terrible.

    • July 15th 2017 @ 12:22pm
      Chronicle said | July 15th 2017 @ 12:22pm | ! Report

      Assuming there is still a salary cap for Australian Super rugby teams overseen by the ARU who all contracts must be lodged with I would be surprised that Queensland are in a position to recruit at all. With the announcement of Genia as foreshadowed by Cheika I would think it is more likely to see who is leaving, maybe the loss of McIntyre is just a beginning.

    • July 15th 2017 @ 12:57pm
      Rt said | July 15th 2017 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

      Splash some money on a coach with a winning reputation.

    • July 15th 2017 @ 2:38pm
      Jock Cornet said | July 15th 2017 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

      Give it all to qc he will win ya comp

      • July 15th 2017 @ 10:20pm
        Rebellion said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:20pm | ! Report

        Thanks Jock but he’s already won one of those for the Reds.
        I’d be more concerned about the little Imp from Sydney who commands a starting spot and Captain’s band despite adding nothing to the ruck and even less to leadership of the country’s most resourced provincial and test side.
        You know, it’s no coincidence that the Wallabies lost their ability to remain competitive when they lost their advantage at the ruck. Must be Cooper’s fault..

    • July 15th 2017 @ 2:52pm
      Gepetto said | July 15th 2017 @ 2:52pm | ! Report

      Under Stiles, 2018 will be a complete disaster for the Reds. People I see at Suncorp say they have bought their last season tickets. 2018 crowds will fit into any school’s grounds

      • July 15th 2017 @ 6:20pm
        Ruckin' Oaf said | July 15th 2017 @ 6:20pm | ! Report

        Bewdy we can go back to Ballymore ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Roar Rookie

          July 15th 2017 @ 7:05pm
          Dave_S said | July 15th 2017 @ 7:05pm | ! Report

          And good luck getting 10k punters regularly to Ballymore …

          Don’t get me wrong I have a lot of fond memories of things from the 80s in B’Vegas, but I’m not driving or cabbing to Bmore for a game too often with those facilities

          • July 15th 2017 @ 10:27pm
            Rebellion said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:27pm | ! Report

            You know Dave S, I watched this game from the second half (they were a joke in the first 20-30 mins) and I can actually see the makings of a really competitive side. Not a championship side yet, but one who can give good teams a genuine arm wrestle.
            No Genia please, no yesterdays heroes. We want a coach who can send these lads out to fight like hell for the ball. Something that was completely foreign in the first half. If we get this right + plus a couple of game breakers and the return of Liam Gill

            • Roar Rookie

              July 16th 2017 @ 7:13am
              Dave_S said | July 16th 2017 @ 7:13am | ! Report

              Rebellion I agree. Tahs will have more to worry about I think.

              Sadly, the same was said for this year, which makes many of the losses hard to take.

            • July 16th 2017 @ 9:15am
              Zulu said | July 16th 2017 @ 9:15am | ! Report

              Sounds like you want them to play like the Western Force do?

          • July 17th 2017 @ 12:54pm
            Marto said | July 17th 2017 @ 12:54pm | ! Report

            Ballymore facilities?? CABBING ?? ..People UBER now mate…..Harden up Dave S ..Come have a few Bundys or Fourexs with me at my BALLYMORE CARBOOT PARTY .

            Too bad if you like chicken and chardonnay .You can always go to the Range Rover next to me if you want that rubbish…

      • July 15th 2017 @ 7:04pm
        Waz said | July 15th 2017 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

        ahh, they say that but they come running back when we’re playing well ?

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