The Reds will be hosting the Sunwolves on Friday and will want to take advantage of the hefty defeat they suffered against the Hurricanes last week.
They will surely want to start fast and put the Sunwolves under huge pressure and take them out of the game.
On the other hand the Sunwolves may just want to put the wrongs of last week right against the Reds, who have also have not played the world on fire this season.
If the Sunwolves can sort out their mistakes and not give away easy penalties they might just surprise again with another win on the road.
The Reds have made one change to their side with Jock Campbell making his starting debut replacing Jack Hardy on the wing.
Hardy has picked up a ACL injury which will keep him out for the rest of the season.
Seb Wileman will potentially make his Super Rugby debut for the Reds off the bench as the only change to the reserves.
Reds head coach Brad Thorn said: “It’s an important game for us this week. The Sunwolves are a dangerous side. We’re hoping to put in a good performance for our Queensland fans on Friday night.
“We’ve lost Jack Hardy for the season unfortunately. He did his ACL over in Durban and underwent surgery this week. As a group we’ll support him in his recovery. At just 19, he’s already made his Super Rugby debut and we think he’s a got a big future at the club.
“It sees Jock Campbell handed his first start. He made his Queensland debut over in Africa and had some good touches on the wing over there. He’s a hard worker and continues to improve each week.
Some Interesting Facts (OPTA)
- The Reds have won three of their four Super Rugby clashes with the Sunwolves, a 28-63 loss in May 2018 representing their only defeat in that run.
- The Reds’ last seven home games have all been decided by double figure margins, with the Queensland side winning four and losing three in that spell
- The Sunwolves have won two of their four away games this season (L2), this after losing their initial 23 games on the road in Super Rugby.
- The Sunwolves enjoy a goal kicking success rate of 95% in Super Rugby 2019, the best of any team in the competition and 14 percentage points greater than that of the Reds.
- Samu Kerevi (Reds) has beaten 40 defenders in Super Rugby 2019, the most of any player and seven more than Sunwolves’ best Semisi Masirewa (33).
Prediction: Difficult one really, but at home the Reds may just be too good, Reds by 9
Reds: 1. Harry Hoopert, 2. Alex Mafi, 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 6. Angus Scott-Young, 7. Liam Wright, 8. Scott Higginbotham, 9. Tate McDermott, 10. Bryce Hegarty, 11. Sefa Naivalu, 12. Samu Kerevi (c), 13. Chris Feauai-Sautia, 14. Jock Campbell, 15. Hamish Stewart
Replacements: 16. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17. JP Smith, 18. Ruan Smith, 19. Harry Hockings, 20. Adam Korczyk, 21. Moses Sorovi, 22. Duncan Paia’aua, 23. Seb Wileman
Sunwolves: 1. Masataka Mikami, 2. Shota Horie, 3. Hiroshi Yamashita, 4. Grant Hattingh, 5. Luke Thompson, 6. Hendrik Tui, 7. Kara Pryor, 8. Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco, 9. Kaito Shigeno, 10. Hayden Parker, 11. Semisi Masirewa, 12. Phil Burleigh, 13. Jason Emery, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 15. Ryohei Yamanaka
Replacements: 16. Nathan Vella, 17. Pauliasi Manu, 18. Takuma Asahara, 19. Tom Rowe, 20. Ben Gunter, 21. Jamie Booth, 22. Yu Tamura, 23. Jamie Henry