Wayne Bennett’s advice on how thorns are forming, rebels hunting red hookers, canes

Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorne has returned to the sage’s words from his former NRL adviser Wayne Bennett as they tried to stop the four-game Super Rugby Pacific Rate trend.

The Reds (7-5) lost from first to seventh before their final round fight against newcomer Moana Pacifica (1-10) at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

It is no coincidence that the slide has been around since the resumption of the Trans-Tasman competition, although injuries to the original pair of James O’Connor and Taniela Tupau, as well as many others, have raised concerns in Balimore.

O’Connor and last week’s key players Harry Wilson (Kanshan) and Fraser McRight (ill) are back, although the Reds are hoping to save their season ahead of a possible quarter-final against rival Brumbis in Canberra.

“It has been an exciting year; You have covid, you have an injury then you have the flu, “said former Brisbane Broncos and All Blacks forward Thorne.

“Sometimes you can’t take a strategy but at this time of year, I remember Wayne [Bennett] As always, it’s all about having your full deck and the other thing is momentum.

“We will try to make it this week, then against the Crusaders (in the final round).

“Whatever happens, the one-week final, we want to compete.”

Wilson’s return will be important as he is statistically the most damaging ball-runner in this year’s competition.

However, it has improved in other areas as well.

“He’s really grown up, Wilso,” said Thorne No. 8, who was badly compressed a fortnight ago in an attempt to score hard against the Highlanders.

“There’s a lot more chat around the team; He really started to show some leadership in the group and he had a good season, played some good footy. “

The Reds will look to avoid a fifth-straight loss for the first time since 2018, when they have not lost three home games in a row since 2016.

That came after the Reds finished last season as domestic champions and pledged to end New Zealand’s dominance in 2022.

“Apart from the Blues (last week), they were very good, but the three games we were ahead of before that had some close results,” Thorne said.

“Last year we were pumped (by NZ teams) so the boys improved, but we didn’t get what we wanted. We want to win.”

Thorne’s media conference on Friday was a tough one to hear – mostly because of ongoing injuries to construction equipment as work progressed at the National Rugby Training Center.

The rebels hunt red

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Melbourne rebels have killed Queensland hooker Alex Maffey.

The 25-year-old will join the rebels in 2023 with former Melbourne prop Sam Talakai, the paper reports.

After ending his contract with Japanese club Santori, Talakai is returning to Australia to strengthen Melbourne’s front-line stock.

After the Lions arrived in Australia in 2025, The Telegraph suggested a new approach to tour games.

Although the schedule is yet to be finalized, the Telegraph says it is unlikely the Lions will be able to play in the Super Rugby team with officials to arrange a game instead of selecting a domestic and Pacific island.

However, the Lions are expected to play eight matches on the tour – and only three Tests.

Cannes clarifies Jordi’s role

Hurricanes coach Jason Holland has suggested that Jared Barrett play at the center of the All Blacks.

Barrett was the best in the second half of last weekend’s win over Tahs and will return to the No. 12 jersey for the fifth time in 11 games against the Rebels this weekend.

Holland said national team coach Ian Foster would not be surprised if Barrett played fullback.

“Honestly we had no contact and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the complete opposite,” Holland said.

He added: “Fozzy was great for letting us do our own thing this season and we only got involved or talked when we needed to, but we didn’t have any conversations around Jordi.”

Nine debutants for Waller

Nine debutants have been included in the Valarus 32-player travel squad for next month’s Pacific Four series against New Zealand, Canada and the United States.

Australia coach J. Tragning announced the names of the big squad on Thursday, including the Brumbies No. 8 Grace Kemp, who caught his eye while playing for the Australian Barbarians against Japan last month.

Continuing their build-up until the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in October, the Wallers are still working on creating combinations.

“We’ve learned a lot from the first two Tests of the year and I know the team will be looking for more consistency against three challenging opponents in the Pacific Four series,” said Tragning.

“It’s great that we’ve changed so quickly in Test matches this year to support our preparations for the Rugby World Cup.

“Playing against the top three teams in the world is an exciting experience and certainly a potential itch for this team.

“Playing at the two venues of the Rugby World Cup before the tournament later this year will be invaluable for us.”

Waratah, who lost to Fijiana in the Super W final, has the heaviest representation with 15 players, including nine from the Reds, five from Brumbis, two from Western Force and one from Melbourne.

Asoiva Carpani of Wallaru was confronted during the Women's International Test match between Australia Wallarus and Japan on May 10, 2022 at Bond University on the Gold Coast of Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde / Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Hyde / Getty Images)

Their first Test will be against the Black Fern in Tauranga on Monday, June 6, and six days later in Auckland, and on June 17 against the United States in Wangarei, Canada.

Wallaross Squad

Eliseva Batibasaga, Emily Chancellor, Brie-Anna Chetham, Annabel Kode, Laurie Kramer, Piper Duck, Georgina Friedrich, Grace Hamilton, Tamica Jones, Asoiva (Eva) Carpani, Grace Kemp, Kytlan Leanard, Ash Leo, Mylana Spice, Jemima McCallman, Arbela Mackenzie, Tierna Malloy, Lane Morgan, Mahalia Murphy, Best Nikema, Bridi O’Gorman, Siokapesi Palu, Shannon Parry, Liz Patu, Pauline Pilia-Rasabelle, Trilin Pomane, Madison. , Melanie Wilkes, Ivania Wong.

Muirhead signs new contract

Brumbis winger Andy Muerhead has re-signed with the club until the end of 2024.

A star from the Brisbane South, Moorehead first came to the ACT to join the Canberra Royals in hopes of getting a chance at Super Rugby and got his first chance as an injury cover in late 2017, scoring a double against the Jaguars. Second game for the club.

Now a member of the Brumbies leadership group, and a staunch fan favorite, Muirhead has brought 50 games to the club in the first round this season, and an incredible feat for proud Indigenous people.

“I’m really grateful I was able to continue my rugby game with the Brumbis here in Canberra,” said Muerhead.

“The Canberra community has really embraced me, and the club means a lot to my family and after they gave me the opportunity to fulfill my dream of playing Super Rugby.

“I would like to thank Dan and the coaches for their faith in me year after year and for the support of my teammates, and I look forward to giving my all in the Brumbis jersey for at least two more years.”

Brumbis head coach Dan McKellar said: “Andy’s re-signing with a club is a great thing for Brumbis, as far as I know he thinks deeply.”

“It’s a testament to his commitment and work ethic that Andy has established himself as a top-notch professional player and a true leader in our group.

“Having his experience and leadership around the Brumbis headquarters will be really important to the club and he has become a valuable member of the community so it’s great to have him around.”

(With AAP)

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