Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Date: Saturday 8th June 2013 19.30 local (10.30 UK)
UK Television: Sky Sports 2 & HD 2 (10.30 UK)
Weather: Cloudy with light winds, Max 18 degrees
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jerome Garces (France), Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
Television match official: tba (New Zealand)
Assessor: Scott Young/Andrew Cole (Australia)
|Queensland Reds||The British & Irish Lions|
|15. Ben Lucas (60 Reds)
14. Rod Davies (43 Reds – 1 Wallabies)
13. Ben Tapuai (38 Reds – 7 Wallabies)
12. Anthony Faingaa (58 Reds – 23 Wallabies)
11. Luke Morahan (44 Reds – 1 Wallabies)
10. Quade Cooper (c) (87 Reds – 38 Wallabies)
9. Nick Frisby (16 Reds)
8. Jake Schatz (47 Reds)
7. Beau Robinson (35 Reds – 1 Wallabies)
6. Eddie Quirk (27 Reds)
5. Ed O’Donoghue (40 Reds)
4. Adam Wallace-Harrison (vc) (32 Reds)
3. Greg Holmes (103 Reds – 13 Wallabies)
2. James Hanson (50 Reds – 1 Wallabies)
1. Ben Daley (58 Reds – 3 Wallabies)
|15: Stuart Hogg
14: Alex Cuthbert
13: Manu Tuilagi
12: Jonathan Davies
11: Tommy Bowe
10: Owen Farrell
9: Ben Youngs
8: Toby Faletau
7: Sam Warburton (c)
6: Dan Lydiate
5: Geoff Parling
4: Richie Grey
3: Matt Stevens
2: Tom Youngs
1: Mako Vunipola
|16. Albert Anae (15 Reds)
17. Sam Denny (Queensland debut)
18. Jono Owen (Queensland debut)
19. Radike Samo (32 Reds – 23 Wallabies)
20. Jarrad Butler (12 Reds)
21. Jono Lance (18 Reds)
22. Mike Harris (30 Reds – 8 Wallabies)
23. Dom Shipperley (33 Reds – 8 Wallabies)
|16: Richard Hibbard
17: Dan Cole
18: Adam Jones
19: Paul O’Connell
20: Justin Tipuric
21: Conor Murray
22: Jonathan Sexton
23: George North
At last, some sensible opposition! The Queensland Reds have named twelve Wallabies in their side to face the Lions at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday and the Lions will welcome what is set to be a much stiffer challenge than the two previous matches on the tour so far.
Captained by the mercurial talent of Quade Cooper, who will be stinging from his omission from the Wallabies squad so far to play the Lions in two weeks time, Cooper will be a man on a mission. He won’t have been very pleased with Wallabies Coach Robbie Dean’s decision to leave him out of the test series and will have a serious point to prove so the Lions will need to be on their toes as Cooper is a potential match winner, even behind a pack that is going backwards.
The Lions have picked some of their big guns for this match. Tour captain Sam Warburton makes his first start of the tour at the back of a pack that looks like it might be one or two players short of the test forward pack. Gethin Jenkins was also due to make his first appearance of the tour in the front row, but failed a late fitness test on his injured calf. Mako Vunipola was promoted up to the starting spot with Dan Cole taking his place on the bench.
Behind the pack, having not set the world alight thus far, Owen Farrell will need to haver a solid game to even come close to dislodging Jonny Sexton out of the test jersey. With the talent opposite him at 10, he’ll need to show exactly what he can do behind what should be a fairly dominant pack otherwise he could well get exposed by his opposite number.
Manu Tuilagi and Tommy Bowe play their second games in four days, but we can expect both of them to be replaced at some point in the second half.
The youngest player on the tour Stuart Hogg is likely to get somewhat of a test here with the Reds likely to pepper him with high balls and see how he handles the pressure.
All in all, this should be a cracking contest. We’ve got a stronger forward pack for the Lions and a slightly weaker back line, up against a weaker pack for the Reds and a stronger back line. With Cooper pulling the strings it will be interesting to see how the Lions combination in the backs handle the Reds.
Farrell and the two centres Tuilagi and Jonathan Davies will need to be extremely well organised to keep a handle on Cooper and Anthony Faingaa outside him, and I suspect Warburton and Lydiate will need to do their bit to help out here.
The Lions were looking for a more difficult opponent to really test their combinations and in the Queensland Reds they’ve certainly got that.
Comments from British & Irish Lions fans on the Forum
“Hogg roasted” He’ll get tested that’s for sure. Which is what we want. The lack of a 12 is starting to show though. It’s a good job that Gatland doesn’t use a gameplan that relies on creativity in midfield. A dodgy 10 and two thirteens wouldn’t be good for the tests, but could be ok at midweek level.”
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The Lions are scoring well, but they haven’t come up against opposition of this level on tour just yet. The Lions should run out winners relatively comfortably, but they will leak tries against a potent Reds back line. The Lions to win by a couple of tries in a high scoring match
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