LIVE

    Reds stretching truth: White

    2013-02-12 14:24
    Canberra - Ringo Starr is touring Australia but Brumbies coach Jake White has always been a John Lennon man, suggesting Ewen McKenzie is guilty of ''mind games'' as their Super Rugby opener looms on Saturday night.

    It all began with a training drill gone wrong at Ballymore late last week, when James Horwill's wretched run of luck with injuries continued.

    A fellow player fell on his ankle and his involvement in the opening weekend was immediately in doubt, with the Reds eventually ruling him out on Tuesday morning.

    White is having none of it, accusing the Reds of throwing smoke bombs ahead of the first-round meeting at Canberra Stadium and suggesting subterfuge is now standard operating procedure at Ballymore.

    ''They'll play; they'll all be in,'' White said. ''Last year they said that Quade Cooper got injured in the hotel and wasn't going to run out and then he ended up playing the whole game, (won 13-12 by the Reds in Canberra).

    ''It's all mind games now. That's the way the Reds operate. They come up with, 'This guy's not available, that guy could play, this guy is sick.' We have to focus on what we want to get right and that's a win in Canberra on Saturday.''

    If Super Rugby was after some more fire between the provinces, whose off-field exchanges are usually rated for general consumption, White appears happy to oblige.

    McKenzie didn't want to buy into the discussion but said Horwill's injury was genuine and he would most likely be back for the Suncorp Stadium grudge match against the Waratahs on Saturday week. ''As we've done all off-season we've taken a cautious approach with James and his rehab and on this occasion we all agreed it would be best to give him another week on the sideline,'' McKenzie said.

    Horwill leaves a sizeable hole in the Reds scrum but more concerning is yet another injury for the captain, who will hand over control to prop James Slipper.

    A painful hamstring injury means Horwill hasn't played a game of Super Rugby in nine months and he would have dearly loved to take the field in Canberra before meeting the Waratahs in Queensland's first outing at Suncorp in 2013.

    The experienced Adam Wallace-Harrison will likely join Rob Simmons in the Reds' second row against the Brumbies, who will feature the return of Clyde Rathbone and Wallabies openside David Pocock.

    Slipper said the Reds were intent on starting the season well after enduring a horrible run with injuries last year, when players in key positions were falling like flies.

    Meanwhile, the Brumbies grew in stature under White and missed the finals by a whisker, finishing second in the conference and seventh overall after a cut-throat final round.

    ''It's hugely important [to start well], '' Slipper said. ''They did have a great year. Everyone saw that, and we were lucky to get on top of them at the very end there.

    ''Coming into the first round, everyone wants to start well. It's crucial to start a campaign well and we'll be going out this weekend to do that.''


    Read More On:  brumbies jake white rugby

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    11 comments
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read
    Commented

    Fixtures

    13 February 2015
    • Crusaders v Melbourne Rebels, Christchurch 08:35
    • Brumbies v Reds, Canberra 10:40
    • Lions v Hurricanes, Johannesburg 19:10
    14 February 2015
    • Blues v Chiefs, Albany 08:35
    • Sharks v Cheetahs, Durban 17:05
    • Bulls v Stormers, Pretoria 19:10
    15 February 2015
    • Waratahs v Western Force, Sydney 07:05

    Results

    02 August 2014
    26 July 2014
    19 July 2014
    12 July 2014
    11 July 2014
    06 July 2014
    05 July 2014
    04 July 2014
    28 June 2014
    27 June 2014
    31 May 2014
    30 May 2014
    24 May 2014
    23 May 2014
    18 May 2014
    17 May 2014
    16 May 2014
    11 May 2014
    10 May 2014
    09 May 2014
    03 May 2014
    02 May 2014
    26 April 2014
    25 April 2014
    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Does the Waratahs' Super Rugby victory give the Wallabies an edge heading into the Rugby Championship?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.