Reds call up rookie flyhalf

2012-03-22 09:33

Pretoria - Beset by injuries, the defending Vodacom Super Rugby champion Reds have been forced to call up a rookie flyhalf for their crunch match against the Vodacom Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Twenty-three year old Dallan Murphy, with just one Super Rugby cap to his credit, will start at flyhalf for his team this weekend after injury ruled out Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas and Mike Harris from selection.

The injured trio are already back in Australia and the Reds decided on a “natural” flyhalf rather than playing another player out of position, as they had to do midway in the game against the Sharks when Will Genia was forced into a pivotal role because of injuries.

"Dallan has been in our system for a long time and we have every confidence in his ability to get the job done," Reds coach Ewen McKenzie told Australian television channel ABC Grandstand.

"We've played around with our options at flyhalf this year but Dallan is a natural number 10 so I'm looking forward to seeing what he can offer.''

Murphy captained the Brothers club to the Queensland Premiership and has been part of the squad since 2010.

"Its unfortunate the team has so many injuries but it is a great to get an opportunity,'' Murphy told ABC Grandstand. "I'm used to training with these guys so knowing the players like the back of your hand makes the job a lot easier.''

Murphy said he would just try and play his natural game on Saturday.

"Ewen has kept his advice pretty simple," Murphy said. "He has told me to play my own game and back my ability."

In other changes, Saia Faingaa comes back into the starting line-up as the Reds reshuffle their front row. Greg Holmes will pack down at tighthead with Ben Daley moving up from the reserves to loosehead.

Luke Morahan, who scored against the Bulls in Brisbane last year, comes in for the suspended Digby Ioane at wing, while Jono Lance’s move into the number 13 jersey means last week’s outside centre, Ben Tapuai moves to inside. 



15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes: 16. Willie Wepener, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18. Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Arno Botha, 20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Louis Fouche, 22. JJ Engelbrecht


15 Rod Davies, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Jono Lance, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Dallan Murphy, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Ben Daley

Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 James Slipper, 18 Radike Samo, 19 Van Humphries, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Nathan Eyres-Brown


  • hvanderlinde - 2012-03-22 09:40

    "Play your natural game and back your ability" Very good and motivational advice. I still bellieve JJ should start in stead of Ndungane. He is extremely talented

      Hanjo - 2012-03-22 09:55

      Isak, I agree with vanderlinde above. on Venter, he looked very good in the inside centre position, I felt Olivier was very good at outside centre, where his direct running was better utilized. I would start Venter and Olivier together. Sadie is coming back from an injury, have him play from the bench, he's played 10odd minutes in Bulls colors, I would have gone for the tried and trusted.

      Rene - 2012-03-22 09:57

      @HvdLinde, JJ will get his chance! It's a long season, rotational play will kick in soon! To be honest, Ndugane has been brilliant thus far, don't you think so? I'm sad that Francois Venter has been dropped completely! Quite surprised, however happy to see Arno Botha on the bench!

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-22 10:20

      Hanjo / Renè: Venter has looked very dangerous and I am just as suprised. I initially though it has to be injury related but I guess not. You're right Renè, Ndungane has not dissapointed at all. Guess I'm just exited to see JJ play again. He did some great things for WP in the CC last year. He is a very exciting player. Will be keeping an eye on Arno Botha should he come on

      WP - 2012-03-22 11:30

      the bulls will be rustic after the of weekend and they already crapping in their pants ,because the MIGHTY STORMERS is waiting. STORMERSJOULEKEDING

      BlouMasjien - 2012-03-22 12:30

      @sakkie, jammer man ,my keyboard is soos die stormers se agtelyn, hy werk nie altyd so lekker nie.

  • Saffa - 2012-03-22 10:13

    Seriously Bulls fans - your team should manshame this patchwork quilt of a Reds team. @Rene - Ndugane has been extremely solid for you lot *as he is ALWAYS is and has been* - I have never understood why he doesn't get the praise he deserves often enough from the Bulls fans.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-22 10:24

      If the reds do not come to the party they are going to get hammered. I'm a bit wary of the Reds flyhalf as he is an unknown and has just been told by Ewie to back his ability. It gives me the idea that he could be Quade Cooperish with regards to unpredictability and slipperyness. Looking forward to see what he's got

      Lionel - 2012-03-22 10:30

      With all the injuries to Reds and Lions players they can start there own amacrock crock side:):) Gotta feel for the Lions big time!!!!!!!!

      Rene - 2012-03-22 10:57

      @Saffa, they should! However when the Bulls has an 'off night', damn, anything can happen, we saw what happened with the Blues game. Hopefully we will not see a repeat soon! Yes, Ndungane has been a brilliant player - and yes I did give him the 'praise he deserves'.

      Saffa - 2012-03-22 11:10

      @Rene - there is NO way the Bulls will be poor this weekend, coming off a bye, Hougie and co back, motivation at a high. Even this Bulls hater reckons they have it in the bag. If you chaps keep possession (no frikking kicking eveyrthing away to dangerous Reds runners....) and grind the Reds down - you honestly should cruise through this.

      Rene - 2012-03-22 11:24

      @Saffa, I fully agree with you (for once - LoL):)

  • Jody - 2012-03-22 11:37

    From what i have seen at Reds practises , i will be suprised to see Genia and Horwill play the full 80 minutes.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-03-22 13:38

      Crap, I have both of them in my dream team. Hope they stay in for 80!

  • BlouMasjien - 2012-03-22 12:26

    @wp, nie so geroes soos wp/stormpies se trofeekas nie, verkoop die wit olifant, julle gebruik hom tog nie. @sakkie , ek sien jy praat nog steeds stront?

  • Julian - 2012-03-22 13:33

    The REDS are building a dynasty and we need to blood everyone - we will have some losses on the way, but we are toughing it out and good teams can win, even ugly. The boys have just got to relax and enjoy it - they seem too tense! The Reds will again be there at the end - and injuries play a toll in every team - at least they have some ticker - not like the Tahs....even the Rebels have more than those clowns....

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