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After a tough first half, the Reds piled on the points in the second stanza en route to a commanding 36-14 win over the Brumbies.
Queensland have impressed this afternoon, putting a disappointing Brumbies outfit to the sword. The Reds now have back to back wins and will look to build on this result as they climb up the Australian conference.
The Brumbies meanwhile will be reflecting on what could have been after upsetting the Waratahs last week. One step forward and two steps back.
The ACT Brumbies will be looking for two wins on the trot this afternoon as they play the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 4:05pm AEDT.
Despite missing the likes of David Pocock through injury, the Brumbies dug deep last week to defeat the NSW Waratahs at home and are every chance of securing back to back wins against a talented but inconsistent Reds outfit.
The Reds are coming off a win against the Sunwolves, who themselves are proving more difficult opponents than in season’s gone by.
Even with that win however, the Reds remain rooted to the bottom of the Australian conference and need to start stringing wins together if they are a serious threat of making the playoffs.
With this in mind, coach Brad Thorn has opted for a new halves pairing this week as Bryce Hegarty returns from a rib injury to partner Tate McDermott.
Hegarty replaces promising youngster Isaac Lucas, who drops to the bench, while McDermott is in for Moses Sorovi after impressing off the bench against the Sunwolves.
Wallabies forwards Taniela Tupou and Izack Rodda are also back in the starting team after being rested for the Tokyo trip.
Winger Filipo Daugunu also starts in a new look backline which has Chris Feauai-Sautia shifting to outside centre and skipper Samu Kerevi moving into No 12.
The Brumbies, meanwhile, are without Test duo David Pocock and Allan Alaalatoa for another week.
They have been joined on the sidelines by boom back-rower Rob Valetini, who last week was picked up a knee injury.
James Slipper swaps with Scott Sio in the front-row, while Matt Lucas returns to the bench for Ryan Lonergan.
Both teammorale-boostingf morale boosting wins and both sides will fancy their chances of posting two wins on the trot. Expect a tight encounter with the Brumbies just showing enough composure to secure the win in the end.
Brumbies by 5
Hamish Stewart, Filipo Daugunu, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Samu Kerevi (c), Sefa Naivalu, Bryce Hegarty, Tate McDermott, Scott Higginbotham, Liam Wright, Angus Scott-Young, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Harry Hockings, Taniela Tupou, Alex Mafi, Feao Fotuaika
Reserves: Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Harry Hoopert, Ruan Smith, Izack Rodda, Fraser McReight, Moses Sorovi, Duncan Paia’aua, Isaac Lucas
Tom Banks, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Irae Simone, Lausii Taliauli, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Powell, Lachlan McCaffrey, Tom Cusack, Pete Samu, Sam Carter, Rory Arnold, Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper
Reserves: Josh Mann-Rea, Scott Sio, Tom Ross, Blake Enever, Murray Douglas, Jahrome Brown, Matt Lucas, Jordan Jackson-Hope
Time: 4:05pm AEST
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Betting: Reds $2.05, Brumbies $1.78