Reds' Robinson to tackle Stormers

Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:59
Large beau robinson

Reds flank Beau Robinson will make his first start of 2014 in one of three changes to the starting lineup side to face the Stormers on Saturday.

Reds flank Beau Robinson will make his first start of 2014 in one of three changes to the starting lineup side to face the Stormers on Saturday.
 
Robinson, James Hanson and Dom Shipperley have been brought into the run-on side by head coach Richard Graham, as the Reds look to return to winning ways at Suncorp Stadium in round seven of Asteron Life Super Rugby.
 
All three players were on the replacements bench last weekend when the Reds met the Lions, with Robinson being promoted to replace the injured Liam Gill, Hanson coming into the starting side for Saia Fainga'a and Shipperley in for the injured Aidan Toua. 
 
Shipperley will play on the wing, with Lachie Turner shifting to fullback.
 
Following scans earlier this week, the Reds have learned Gill (hamstring) will be out of action for six weeks and Toua (pectoral) for 10 weeks. This is in addition to Chris Feauai-Sautia (hamstring) who will miss three more weeks and Ben Daley (knee) who will miss six weeks.
 
"It is always disappointing to lose players for long periods, however the opportunity is there now for Beau [Robinson] and Dom [Shipperley] to contribute positively to our game," Graham said.
 
"Both have been involved in every game this season. Beau brings an abrasiveness to the collision area and is an excellent communicator. 
 
"Dom has started in three of the games and is continuing to develop his game, particularly his involvement in the close in channels," Graham said.
 
Flank Curtis Browning and utility Ben Lucas have been brought into the matchday 23.
 
The match also sees the potential for two milestone achievements from the bench, with Saia Fainga'a chasing his 100th Super Rugby cap and Ed O'Donoghue his 50th Queensland cap.
 
"It is a fantastic milestone for Saia [Fainga’a]. 100 Super Rugby caps is a very notable achievement.
 
"With his caps split over time with the Brumbies and Reds, I think Saia would relish the opportunity potentially next year to also notch 100 games for the Reds. He has played the majority of his professional career here and is an extremely proud Queenslander.
 
"Donk (Ed O’Donoghue) is in his second stint after some time in Europe. He is a great team man and the boys will celebrate his 50th cap for the Reds. It is a good example to the younger players of perseverance and commitment to achieving your goals."
 
Graham said the team needed little motivation to leave Suncorp Stadium with a win on Saturday night.
 
"We've had a difficult start to the season and the team is looking forward to returning to our fortress on Saturday night.
 
"Our trip to South Africa was tough. We didn't get the results we wanted and suffered four injuries, but we've returned home with a desire to get our season heading in the right direction.
 
"With the next three games at home, we're going to enjoy the opportunity to play in front of our own supporters.
 
"The Stormers are a very good side. They have been on the road for four weeks and will want to finish their Australasian tour with a win. They have been a perennial semi-finalist and have set the standard defensively for the competition over a long period.
 
"They are now putting a lot of time into their attack and are holding the ball for long periods.
 
"With the likes of [Jean] de Villiers, [Juan] De Jongh, [Gio] Aplon and [Peter] Grant in their backs, they will present a constant challenge. Their backrow has some real dynamism and will provide genuine punch in and around the contact areas."
 
Graham also addressed the team’s recent run of penalties.
 
"Four of the Australian franchises [Waratahs, Brumbies, Force, Reds] sit atop the Super Rugby penalty count," Graham said.
 
"It gives a strong indication of the mentality the Australian teams are taking, particularly at the defensive breakdown. 
 
"Whilst we have conceded penalties in this area, we have also forced the most turnovers, averaging eight per game, and also forced opposition teams to play with the second slowest breakdown ball. We continue to work on the skill and the decision making but it is risk versus reward.
 
"If anything, we were probably guilty of being a little ambitious at times in counter attack or the wider channels. We have put a fair bit of time into our attacking framework and we only conceded one penalty in attack on the weekend. That is a great result and supports the work we have done.
 
"We have gained a reputation on the back of the two games in South Africa. We need to continue improving to ensure perception isn’t reality. I have said a number of times this week that we need to control the outcome of games.
 
"We’re comfortable with the review process done by SANZAR. Lyndon Bray is guaranteeing the process is reflective of a high-performance organisation. We will continue to work with the referees to ensure our game constantly improves," Graham added. 
 
Reds: 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Dom Shipperley, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Anthony Fainga'a, 23 Ben Lucas.
 
Date: Saturday, March 29
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 19.40 (08.40 GMT; 10.40 SA time)
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Australia), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)
 
There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 November 2017
Cheetahs v Edinburgh 17h30 Bloemfontein
Ulster v Treviso 19h05 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Connacht 19h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Leinster v Dragons 19h35 RDS Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Gloucester 19h45 Kingston Park
Sat, 25 November 2017
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 12h45 Welford Road
Bath v Harlequins 12h45 Recreation Ground
Italy v South Africa 13h00 Rome
Scotland v Australia 14h30 Edinburgh
England v Samoa 15h00 Twickenham
Wales v New Zealand 17h15 Cardiff
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 17h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Ireland v Argentina 17h30 Aviva Stadium
France v Japan 19h00 Paris
Sun, 26 November 2017
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Liberty Stadium
Kings v Scarlets 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Zebre v Munster 13h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Allianz Park
London Irish v Wasps 15h00 Madejski Stadium
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28