Reds lose three to injury for Super Rugby

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    Queensland Reds winger Izaia Perese has been named for his first Super Rugby appearance of the year but a host of other injuries has prompted a host of other changes for Saturday night’s showdown with the NSW Waratahs.

    After going down with a knee injury in pre-season, Perese is a welcome inclusion on the wing for the Reds.

    But they’ve also lost skipper Scott Higginbotham (calf), prop Taniela Tupou (shoulder) and halfback Ben Lucas (concussion) for the SCG clash.

    James Slipper will take over the captaincy in Higginbotham’s absence and will be joined in the front-row by South African-born prop Ruan Smith, who makes his run-on debut.

    Meanwhile, Caleb Timu will shift to No.8 to cover for Higginbotham with Lukhan Tui to start and blindside flanker and Liam Wright recalled at openside, replacing Adam Korczyk.

    “While we’ve lost some guys through injury, we’re also welcoming one back with Izaia starting for the first time this year,” coach Brad Thorn said.

    “He’s been cracking in at training, waiting for his chance to get back on the field.

    “He’s a guy who offers a bit of strike in attack, so it’s good to have him back.

    “We’ve been working hard to develop depth within the squad so that we can cope with these setbacks when they occur. It’s a chance for other players to step up.”

    The Reds have made a further four changes on the bench, with Korczyk demoted and prop Sef Fa’agase, flanker Angus Scott-Young and halfback Tate McDermott all back in the squad for the first time since round six.

    The two sides haven’t met at the SCG since 1983 and both sides will wear throwback jerseys to mark the occasion, with the Reds set to don the maroon, as they did at home to the Waratahs last season.

    Queensland Reds: Aidan Toua, Filipo Daugunu, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Samu Kerevi, Izaia Perese, Jono Lance, James Tuttle, Caleb Timu, Liam Wright, Lukhan Tui, Kane Douglas, Izack Rodda, Ruan Smith, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper (capt). Reserves: Alex Mafi, JP Smith, Sef Fa’agase, Adam Korczyk, Angus Scott-Young, Tate McDermott, Hamish Stewart, Jordan Petaia.

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    • Roar Guru

      April 12th 2018 @ 1:43pm
      John R said | April 12th 2018 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

      Man I’m pumped to see how Tui goes at 6. Fingers crossed he kills it.

      • April 12th 2018 @ 1:57pm
        Fionn said | April 12th 2018 @ 1:57pm | ! Report

        To be honest Tupou is the only catastrophic loss here, I think. The others are all very unfortunate, but manageable.

        • Roar Guru

          April 12th 2018 @ 2:11pm
          John R said | April 12th 2018 @ 2:11pm | ! Report

          Agreed. Tupou has been really impressive this year aye.

          Good timing, cause Kepu’s got plenty of meters in those legs aye.

          • April 12th 2018 @ 2:22pm
            Fionn said | April 12th 2018 @ 2:22pm | ! Report

            Would have been cool to see Dempsey, Hooper and Holloway vs Higgers, Smith and Timu.

            • Roar Guru

              April 12th 2018 @ 2:31pm
              John R said | April 12th 2018 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

              The resulting hyperbole might have crashed the Roar’s servers though, so at least there’s that!

    • April 12th 2018 @ 2:56pm
      JP said | April 12th 2018 @ 2:56pm | ! Report

      Ben Lucas is no loss,Higgers and Thor are.

    • April 12th 2018 @ 6:27pm
      Malo said | April 12th 2018 @ 6:27pm | ! Report

      The reds are full of excuses, here let’s here them all. They are going to get flogged

      • April 12th 2018 @ 8:20pm
        Fionn said | April 12th 2018 @ 8:20pm | ! Report

        Really? I haven’t heard any excuses from either team, or either team’s fans. I’m just looking forward to the match.

        • April 13th 2018 @ 9:52am
          Drongo said | April 13th 2018 @ 9:52am | ! Report

          You must be deaf, blind and dumb. Excessive travel, youth, inexperience, referees, just to name a few.

          • April 13th 2018 @ 11:35am
            Fionn said | April 13th 2018 @ 11:35am | ! Report

            Apparently so, my friend, Drongo, I must be.

          • April 13th 2018 @ 4:39pm
            Jacko said | April 13th 2018 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

            Drongo you are the only one saying any of that….oh and Malo of course…..No one else has been using any excuses from the Reds, infact most believe they are a side rebuilding from 6 years of wrongs and the experts say they are going very well for a side with so much youth……but there you go, you read what you want to read, and interpret how you want to interpret I guess

            • April 13th 2018 @ 4:48pm
              Drongo said | April 13th 2018 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

              Just me and the coach then.

      • April 13th 2018 @ 9:48am
        Captain Sensible said | April 13th 2018 @ 9:48am | ! Report

        They Reds will be demolished and i will be in my SCG corporate suite, Level 3 Brewongle stand watching and laughing at the rookie Kiwi coach Brad Thorn squirm.

        • Roar Rookie

          April 13th 2018 @ 2:00pm
          piru said | April 13th 2018 @ 2:00pm | ! Report

          I can’t for the life of my figure out why people don’t like the Waratahs!

          • April 14th 2018 @ 7:36am
            Cynical Play said | April 14th 2018 @ 7:36am | ! Report

            CS is a fake Tah fan. Havent you worked that out yet?

    • April 12th 2018 @ 8:19pm
      Fin said | April 12th 2018 @ 8:19pm | ! Report

      Losing Higgers might be a blessing. They are 0 from 3 from the games he’s played and 3 from 3 in those he’s missed. Thorn might want to consider enforcing his no DH policy in the forwards if they get up on Saturday.

      • April 12th 2018 @ 9:35pm
        riddler said | April 12th 2018 @ 9:35pm | ! Report

        agree fin..

        i am not sad at all that higgers misses out.. blessing in disguise…

        as others have said, thor is the biggest loss..

        great chance for ruan to step up..

        going to be a cracker and can’t wait..

        • April 13th 2018 @ 6:47am
          Cynical Play said | April 13th 2018 @ 6:47am | ! Report

          This Reds pack looks real good. Tahs will be happy not to play Tupou but every backup player is for the Reds is formidable. Bookies have Tahs at 1.30 Reds at 3.50. But I see it much closer. Tahs forwards need to match up in open play. Otherwise good night Irene.

          I have an uneasy feeling. I can’t see how the Folau issue could not have distracted the Tahs preparations.

          • April 13th 2018 @ 7:27am
            Fin said | April 13th 2018 @ 7:27am | ! Report

            Reds at 3.50 is a good bet. A real banana skin game for the Tahs. Not playing at Allianz has me nervous.

            • April 13th 2018 @ 11:46am
              Dave_S said | April 13th 2018 @ 11:46am | ! Report

              Agree, I’m surprised. It’s close to even money for mine.

    • April 12th 2018 @ 8:22pm
      Rhys Bosley said | April 12th 2018 @ 8:22pm | ! Report

      Thor is the biggest loss but being able to run Tui at 6 replaces his go forward, while Smith is as good in the scrum, with the reserve front rowers being as good again. Really the tight five depth at the Reds is outstanding. Perese is great to have back too, he should up the backline firepower in both attack and defence. Can’t wait.

    • April 12th 2018 @ 9:32pm
      Fionn said | April 12th 2018 @ 9:32pm | ! Report

      I love the Tahs retro jersey, it’s great

      • April 13th 2018 @ 9:01pm
        Akari said | April 13th 2018 @ 9:01pm | ! Report

        Are you suggesting there’s something wrong with the current one that (I understand) Machooka would refuse to be seen in, Fionn?

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