The Super 14 trial match and between the NSW Waratahs and the Queensland Reds sees the Round 1 opponents going head to head in the far northern NSW town of Lismore.
As is the custom with these trial matches, the format is open to the interpretation of the respective coaches, but should loosely resemble a rugby game.
Ewen McKenzie has selected two teams to play a half each, with four replacements set to cover both periods. Softly spoken 21-year-old loosehead prop Ben Daley will lead the Reds by example as a reward for training hard.
Meanwhile, Chris Hickey has named a single team with 13 reserves. Daniel Halangahu will captain a Tahs team which sees the NSW debut of both foreign imports, former (if you pull a really long bow) All Black winger Sosene Anesi and the pride of pretoria, former Emerging Springbok Hendrik Roodt.
Despite the absense of Wallabies representatives, this game looks to be of real interest to fans of both teams with plenty of young players getting a big chance to step up. It’s also great to see Will Caldwell back to full health and on the field again.
Green and Gold rugby.com will be covering the match live with Noddy treking south to post live updates to our front page as the match progresses. Be sure to drop by on Saturday from 7:30pm to keep up to date with the action.
There’s also plenty of pre-match hype in our forums.
|Position||Tahs||Reds (1st Half)||Reds (2nd Half)|
|1||Jeremy Tilse||Ben Daley (c)||James Slipper|
|2||Damien Fitzpatrick||Saia Faingaa||James Hanson|
|3||Dan Palmer||Jack Kennedy||Laurie Weeks|
|4||Kane Douglas||Adam Byrnes||Adam Byrnes|
|5||Hendrik Roodt||Van Humphries||Van Humphries|
|6||Dave Dennis||Jake Schatz||Ezra Taylor|
|7||Chris Alcock||Lei Tomiki||Andrew Shaw|
|8||Locky McCaffrey||Scott Higginbotham||Jake Schatz|
|9||Josh Holmes||Richard Kingi||Richard Kingi|
|10||Daniel Halangahu (c)||Ben Lucas (vc)||Tim Walsh|
|11||Peter Betham||Dominic Shipperley||Blair Connor|
|12||Tom Carter||Anthony Faingaa||Ben Tapuai|
|13||Rory Sidey||Morgan Turinui||Will Chambers|
|14||Nemani Nadolo||Brando Va’aulu||Rod Davies|
|15||Sosene Anesi||Luke Morahan||Aidan Toua|
|Reserve||Luke Holmes||Heath Tessman|
|Reserve||Ofa Fainga’anuku||Dallan Murphy|
|Reserve||Chris Thomson||Jono Lance|
|Reserve||Will Caldwell||Michael Bond|