Reds lock Kane Douglas returns to starting XV
Cape Town - The Reds have made two changes to the starting XV for this
Saturday's derby clash with the Waratahs in the final match before the June
One change has been made to the starting forward pack, with
lock Kane Douglas returning to the starting side, shifting Harry Hockings to
In the backs, 22-year-old scrumhalf Moses Sorovi has earned
his first start, with Ben Lucas moving to the bench. Meanwhile, Hamish Stewart
and Jono Lance have swapped positions.
Stewart returns to the starting flyhalf
jersey for the second time this season, with Lance assuming the fullback role.
In the reserves, hooker Alex Mafi has returned to the match day
squad for the first time since Round 13, with Andrew Ready dropping out of the
Utility back Jayden Ngamanu has also returned to the squad
for the first time since Round eight, with Aidan Toua dropping out.
Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “It’s a big game this
weekend. Queensland v New South Wales is one of those games everyone marks down
on their calendar. We’re excited to be playing them at Suncorp Stadium, in our
traditional maroon strip.
“We haven’t made a lot of changes for the match because we
feel the team has put in two big efforts where we’ve just fallen short in
“It’s a great opportunity for Moses to get his first start.
He’s an exciting young prospect and we felt he deserved the chance to show what
he can do from the kick off. We also felt it was the right time to give Hamish
another opportunity in the starting flyhalf jersey. It’s only his second start
at flyhalf. He enjoyed his experience against the Lions and this is another
chance in the 10 jersey.
“This is our last match at Suncorp Stadium for a number of
weeks so it would be great to see a lot of support from our home crowd.”
15 Jono Lance, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Jordan Petaia, 10 Hamish Stewart, 9 Moses Sorovi, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 George Smith, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 JP Smith
Substitutes: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Sef Fa’agase, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Harry Hockings, 20 Caleb Timu, 21 Liam Wright, 22 Ben Lucas, 23 Jayden Ngamanu