Preview: Tahs vs Reds Trial

Preview: Tahs vs Reds Trial
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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 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
Reserve Brendan KcKibbin
Reserve Ben Seymour
Reserve Adam D’Arcy
Reserve Paddy Ryan
Reserve Dylan Sigg
Reserve Hugh Perrett
Reserve Tom Azar
Reserve Alex Rokobaro
Reserve Jacob Woodhouse

Moses spends far too long on G&GR, dealing with the totality of the strength and conditioning, the medical, the rugby side of things, strategy, the review, preview of the internet itself and also the individuals. A Waratahs apologist and rib-eye steak enthusiast, he is often found working behind the scenes keeping the G&GR juggernaut afloat.

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