Wed 24 Mar 2021 | 01:07

Minor changes for top-of-the-table Reds

Minor changes for top-of-the-table Reds
Wed 24 Mar 2021 | 01:07
Minor changes for top-of-the-table Reds
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Queensland Reds have made four changes to their starting XV for Saturday’s away match against the Waratahs in Sydney.

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Ryan Smith will make his starting debut at lock, while the versatile Seru Uru will start at number-eight following an impressive 2021 season so far.

Filipo Daugunu returns to the left wing this week, with Brandon Paenga-Amosa back in the starting side at hooker for Saturday’s match at Stadium Australia.

Paenga-Amosa’s inclusion means Alex Mafi will come off the bench in one-of-four further changes to the Reds’ reserves.

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Fresh after claiming the Australian Club Championship with Easts last weekend, Richie Asiata returns to the 23 as a replacement loosehead prop.

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Backrow Sam Wallis also finds himself in the 23 again and could potentially make his Super Rugby debut, while Uru’s promotion to the starting side sees Harry Wilson as a finisher this weekend.

Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “We’re looking forward to a tough contest against the Waratahs down in Sydney.

“After a big pre-season, Seru has been in some really good form and has earned his opportunity to get a start this week.

“This will be Ryan Smith’s first start in Super Rugby. It’s good pay for his constant hard work in our program and his development.

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“You’ve also got Sam Wallis and Kalani Thomas on the bench who could make their Super Rugby debuts which is exciting.

“While at the other end, Angus Scott-Young will play his 50th game for Queensland. He’s a leader on-and-off the field and as a group, we congratulate him on this achievement,” said Thorn.

Queensland Reds: 15 Jock Campbell, 14 Suliasi Vunivalu, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor (captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Seru Uru, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Dane Zander
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Richie Asiata, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Harry Wilson, 20 Sam Wallis, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Bryce Hegarty

Date: Saturday, March 27
Venue: Stadium Australia, Sydney
Kick-off: 19.45 (09.45)
Referee: Graham Cooper
Assistant referees: Jordan way & Amy Perrett
TMO: James Leckie

PV: 22
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