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St.George Queensland Reds halfback Will Genia can’t wait to get ‘back to Ballymore’ this Friday 14 February for the Reds second pre-season match against the Rebels, following their 31-20 win over the Chiefs.
The Reds haven’t played at Ballymore since 2010, and after nearly 8000 people came through the gates of Ballymore for the Reds Fan Day, Genia is expecting an impressive turnout on Friday night.
“Ballymore is the spiritual home of Rugby here in Queensland, I think we had nearly 8000 people come to Fan Day so if we can get good support to Ballymore on Friday it should be a special night,” said Genia.
“The team is really looking forward to coming back to Ballymore, the last time we played here was in 2010, we had a really great turnout and I know that match meant a lot to the guys.
“To have the opportunity to play here again is something really special to us.”
Genia was pleased with the win against the Chiefs in Toowoomba, but still believes the team has room improve ahead of the Asteron Life Super Rugby season.
“We were really happy with a win, we wanted to go out and start the season well, but I think what is more important is the performance and how we play, implementing the things we put into practice during the pre-season and I think we did that quite well.”
“At the same time there a lot of areas we need to improve on and we’ll continue to work on that.
“We want to express ourselves as players on the field and look to play with width and use the skill of the guys like Quade Cooper, Ben Tapuai and Aidan Toua, who was outstanding for us on the weekend. We want to use those guys, get them into the game and really score some points.”
After finishing the Spring Tour as the Wallabies first choice halves pairing, Genia and Cooper combined well to steer the Reds around the park against the Chiefs.
“It’s well known that Quade and I have a really good relationship both on and off the field, and for us, we share the same passion, not just playing the game but playing for Queensland we both love it, it’s where we started and hopefully it’s where we finish.”
Head coach Richard Graham was also pleased with the team’s first performance of 2014.
“Certain aspects of the game I was really happy with, I think we’re a little bit ahead of where I thought we’d be at this time and some areas of our game flowed really nicely,” said Graham.
“In saying that, there is still some work to do especially around our attack and defensive breakdown and certain aspects of our defensive line.
“I was happy with the width we played with in attack, we had a good balance between our backs and forwards and we were disciplined with what we set out with to do.”
Graham will cut the match day squad from 28 to 26 for Friday night and believes competitiveness between the players will be high this week as playing at Ballymore is an attractive prospect.
“I think the opportunity to come and play at Ballymore is a real attraction for the team, we spend a lot of time here at Ballymore, they understand the history of the place and they’re really looking forward to this Friday.”
Tickets for Friday night’s clash against the Rebels at Ballymore are still available via Ticketek: http://bit.ly/1huyN2R
16 FEBRUARY 2019