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Kerevi To Lead Reds Again

Kerevi To Lead Reds Again
Tough Reds centre Samu Kerevi gets the captaincy role in tonight’s most important clash. Photo: Zimbio
April 28
11:00 2018

Fijian-born Wallabies centre Samu Kerevi is going to lead the Reds in today’s Super Rugby clash against Lions at the Suncorp Stadium, Bris­bane.

It will be on for the young and old with Hamish Stewart and George Smith set to start for the Reds. Stewart will take the reins at first five eight in his first Super Rugby start in place of Jono Lance, who has succumbed to a head knock suffered in the loss to the Chiefs. Smith slots in at openside flanker in the place of Liam Wright.

That isn’t where the changes to the starting XV end, though, with boom young gun Jordan Petaia also named on the left wing ahead of Izaia Perese, who has been relegated to the bench.

The other change is a forced one, with JP Smith earning his first start of the season in the place of James Slipper, who is battling a collarbone injury.

Kerevi will lead the new look side in his absence as the Reds try to resurrect their season against the red hot Lions.

“We’ve got a big challenge ahead of us this weekend,” coach Brad Thorn told Rugby.com.au.

“The Lions, being last year’s finalists, are an impressive team. It’s no secret we were disappointed with how we started the match last weekend and the guys are determined to get back out there and put in an 80-minute performance.

“We’ve been forced into making some changes due to injury, but the guys get­ting the nod have been working hard and deserve an opportunity in the starting side.”

The clash kicks-off at 5.05pm

POCOCK RULED OUT

The Brumbies will be without David Pocock when they host the Crusaders tonight, the star flanker ruled out with a calf injury.

The loss of Pocock, who has returned to Super Rugby in scintillating form, has forced a backrow reshuffle.

Blake Enever will start at blindside flanker, with Tom Cusack shifting to openside to fill the hole left by Pocock.

The remainder of the forward pack re­mains unchanged but there is another shift in the centres, Andrew Smith earn­ing the nod at 12 ahead of Kyle Godwin, who has been left out of the 23 altogether.

Coach Dan McKellar has made four changes to his bench unit,

Faalelei Sione coming in ahead of Nic Mayhew, Ben Alexander earning a nod ahead of Mees Erasmus, Lolo Fakaosilea returning to the 23 in front of Michael Oakman-Hunt and Andy Muirhead tak­ing Smith’s spot.

Edited by Osea Bola

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