The Queensland Reds believe all isn’t lost despite having only the faintest of hopes of making the Super 14 playoffs.
The Reds play their final game against the Highlanders at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Natalie Bishop reports.
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This may be the only silverware Reds Captain Will Genia holds for a while.
Queensland all but ruled out of making the Super 14 semi finals.
Their future hinges on a number of other results.
Will Genia, Qld Reds Captain: “I wouldn’t say all hopes lost. I think as a group we have still got a lot to play for. Obviously it’s tough for us to make the finals.”
The Reds’ dreams of a final were crushed in the second half of their game on Friday night beaten 44-21 by the Hurricanes in Wellington.
Sitting on a seven point lead by halftime Queensland was inching towards the semi-finals.
But with a gush of fresh energy in the second half the Hurricanes breezed past the Reds to pile on 31 unanswered points.
Will Genia, Qld Reds Captain: “As you saw in the Hurricanes game we probably lacked in consistency in what we were doing and we didn’t play for 80 minutes, we only played for 40.”
The Reds are now seventh on the ladder. They will need to beat the Highlanders this Saturday and have results from other games go their way to continue in the competition.
Tickets for the long awaited clash between the Wallabies and Ireland go on sale tomorrow.
The game will be the first time the teams have played each other since last November when the Irish erased all hopes of Australia making a Grand Slam of victories in Europe.
Former Wallaby captain Mark Loane is looking foward to the prospect of regaining the World Cup.
Mark Loane, Former Wallabies Captain: “It’s nice to actually start to see that we might have a peak in a World Cup year rather than peaking in year 1, 2 or 3.”
Suncorp Stadium will host the much anticipated game on Saturday, June 26.
Natalie Bishop, QUT News