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Queensland Reds 2024

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Nick Farr-Jones (63)
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RugbyReg

Rocky Elsom (76)
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Samson Tuqiri on the bench for the Development team is massive. He’d be under 18 wouldn’t be??

At the Reds Long Lunch last week, Les spoke about a very physical 15 on 15 session the squad had that morning and how some of the development players had to step up to play and how well they did. Feel we are getting some of those rewarded in that team
 

RugbyReg

Rocky Elsom (76)
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Assume no one watched that Reds Development team? They went down to east’s which is interesting.

Anyway on to next week. I suspect Suli is out. Looked injured enough. I’d ditch him anyway. I’d have Jock back at 15 and Jordy on the wing.

Not sure if any other changes are needed.
 

PhilClinton

Geoff Shaw (53)
Agree Reg. I think Campbell’s vision and open space running creates more opportunities. Petaia jumped and skipped across field too much. His only real “that was awesome” moment were two kicks and one of them was off a mark.
 

Wilson

David Codey (61)
Assume no one watched that Reds Development team? They went down to east’s which is interesting.

Anyway on to next week. I suspect Suli is out. Looked injured enough. I’d ditch him anyway. I’d have Jock back at 15 and Jordy on the wing.

Not sure if any other changes are needed.
The way he waddled off I think his hamstrings or quads will be in need of a week off.

That said I thought it was actually a pretty good game for Vunivalu. Did just about everything right including a deft kick through to setup the penalty try. Not super involved but also not over playing his hand and making errors as a result. Still, I'd be happy to see Campbell back at 15.

The only other issue might be Flook who looked a bit ginger coming off. If he's out Petaia likely covers 13, but it did sound like he was ok after the game.

Didn't catch the development team but but given they took a squad 30 I'm not sure how much you can read into the results. I won't be surprised to see Toomaga-Allen come onto the bench next week now he's had game time though, being a former hurricane I reckon he'll be very keen to face up against his old side.
 

TSR

Mark Ella (57)
One thing that really shits me with Vunivalu is when he gets beaten he doesn’t seem to make any effort to get back. In Pietsch’s second try, Pietsch had to check his run to juggle the ball after the deflection. It probably wouldn’t have made a difference but if Vunivalu had tried to chase it might have given him enough time to get him out. But as soo as he was beat he didn’t even try.
 

dru

Tim Horan (67)
One thing that really shits me with Vunivalu is when he gets beaten he doesn’t seem to make any effort to get back.

Agree on this. But also
That said I thought it was actually a pretty good game for Vunivalu.

Vunivalu had his best game for mine. His positional play is improving and his "rugby"involvement is increasing - things like ruck involvement. For the cost I dont know how how far you persist, but the bloke is improving.
 
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Mark Ella (57)
The lead up to the penalty try was a great bit of play. He is good in the air and bumps guys off pretty easily. You can see why he is persisted with. And I don’t think he has ever been as lazy as he is often made out. But not chasing back in defence seems to be a constant and it annoys the crap out of me.
 
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Jimmy_Crouch

Ken Catchpole (46)
Assume no one watched that Reds Development team? They went down to east’s which is interesting.

Anyway on to next week. I suspect Suli is out. Looked injured enough. I’d ditch him anyway. I’d have Jock back at 15 and Jordy on the wing.

Not sure if any other changes are needed.
Tried to watch it (was with my 3yr old so focus wasn't the best). Reds dominated the first quarter. Scrum dominated as expected. Creighton was a cut above. Great crowd out at ballymore watching all the games. All the super coaches were watching too (NSW and QLD)
 

dillyboy

Nev Cottrell (35)
But not chasing back in defence seems to be a constant and it annoys the crap out of me.
I wonder if it's a bit of fear or not trusting his hammies as in chasing someone down he can see exactly how fast he has to go to get there .....
 
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Sully

Tim Horan (67)
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I saw him clutch his hammy when he turned to chase Peitch. It seems to be a constant problem for him. There just seems to be very little acceleration in him.
 

Wilson

David Codey (61)
I saw him clutch his hammy when he turned to chase Peitch. It seems to be a constant problem for him. There just seems to be very little acceleration in him.
Yeah, that seemed to be when he cooked his legs. Pretty sure he came off just after that, but memory from the ground is never perfect.
 

Ignoto

John Thornett (49)
The only other issue might be Flook who looked a bit ginger coming off. If he's out Petaia likely covers 13, but it did sound like he was ok after the game
Nah Flook was walking fine in jeans post game festivities with his folks. With how much work he did and how hot it is, I'm not surprised his cramped up.

It's probably does highlight the danger of having a specialist 10 as one of your three back reserves.
 

Wilson

David Codey (61)
Nah Flook was walking fine in jeans post game festivities with his folks. With how much work he did and how hot it is, I'm not surprised his cramped up.

It's probably does highlight the danger of having a specialist 10 as one of your three back reserves.
I think that's probably more the danger of having Vunivalu and Petaia in your starting back 3, gambling on those hammies and ankles staying solid. If Harry McLaughlin-Phillips hadn't already come on he probably would've come on instead of Kalani at wing.
 
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