Super Rugby


6/27/2018

St.George Queensland Reds team to play Blues in Auckland


The St.George Queensland Reds have named their team to play the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland in their return to action following the June Test window.
 
The match will see several of the Reds’ Wallabies representatives return immediately to the Queensland lineup, with Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Tui and Samu Kerevi all named in the starting XV and Caleb Timu on the bench.
 
The coaches have also been forced into some changes, with a number of players ruled out due to injury, including Wallabies lock Izack Rodda (shoulder) and outside back Izaia Perese (knee).
 
The Reds have made four personnel changes to the starting side from their last fixture against the Waratahs at the start of the month.
 
In the forwards, the injury to regular starter Rodda sees young lock Harry Hockings get his second opportunity in the starting lineup, while Lukhan Tui returns to the Reds for the first time since Round 9, after missing four games due to injury prior to the Test window. He has been named at blindside flanker – where he played for the Wallabies in the final Test against Ireland.
 
In the backs, an injury to Izaia Perese suffered during club Rugby means Eto Nabuli gets his first opportunity on the wing since Round 6. While Jono Lance also returns to the side at fullback, after being a late injury scratching from the last match.
 
The Reds have also made several changes to the bench, highlighted by the return of their international representatives. Timu has recovered from an ankle injury to take a place on the bench, along with Junior Wallabies prop Harry Hoopert and scrumhalf Tate McDermott, who have resumed their reserve roles after returning from the World Rugby U20s Championships in France.
 
Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “The guys are excited to be back in Super Rugby mode. Queensland hasn’t won at Eden Park since 2012, so there’s a great challenge and opportunity in front of us to show what progress we’ve made this season.
 
“We’ve been hit with some injuries during the June Test window through Wallabies and club Rugby, but we’ve been giving players opportunities all year to ensure we can deal with setbacks when they occur. It’s disappointing to lose those guys to injury, but it presents opportunities to other players.
 
“The Blues are a dangerous team. They’re big, athletic and have plenty of strike power. It’s tough to win at Eden Park, so we’ll need head there ready for anything.”
 
The Reds play the Blues at Eden Park this Friday at 5:35pm AEST. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports.
 
St.George Queensland Reds team to play Blues
5:35pm AEST, Friday 29 June – Eden Park, Auckland

1. JP Smith – GPS
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Sunnybank
3. Taniela Tupou – Brothers
4. Harry Hockings – University of Queensland
5. Kane Douglas – Norths
6. Lukhan Tui – Souths
7. George Smith – Brothers
8. Scott Higginbotham (C) – Wests
9. Moses Sorovi – Wests
10. Hamish Stewart – Bond University
11. Eto Nabuli – Souths
12. Duncan Paia’aua – Norths
13. Samu Kerevi – Souths
14. Jordan Petaia – Wests
15. Jono Lance – University of Queensland
 
16. Alex Mafi – Bond University
17. Harry Hoopert – Brothers
18. Ruan Smith – GPS
19. Caleb Timu - Souths
20. Angus Scott-Young – University of Queensland
21. Tate McDermott – University of Queensland
22. Aidan Toua – Easts
23. Filipo Daugunu – Wests