They’ve done the job so far and Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has opted not to make any changes going into this weekend’s Super Rugby clash against the Crusaders at Lang Park.

The Reds will be hoping to capitalise on their stunning home form, having won their last 12 games in Brisbane.

Nyree Callaghan reports.


They had a bye last week but the Reds coach has made sure his players have continued to work hard on the training paddock.

Ewen McKenzie, Reds Coach: “Every piece of the game’s going to matter and you know a dropped ball here and there can be the difference, so it’s gonna be tight and we gotta make sure we get the detail right.”

The third placed Crusaders have announced All Black, Sonny Bill Williams, will be playing in this weekend’s game after recovering from a knee injury.

Key players Richie McCaw and Brad Thorne have also been named in what shapes as a tough battle in the forwards.

James Slipper, Reds Player: “We’re coming up against a good pack. Most of them are pretty much All Blacks, so we’re gonna go out there and play our own game and bring the physicality to it.”

The Reds and Crusaders boast the two best attacking units in the competition with the clash between Quade Cooper and Dan Carter set to be a highlight.

The Red’s position on top of the ladder has bolstered their fan base. An expected crowd of over 50,000 at Sunday’s game will smash the record of 42,237.

James Slipper, Reds Player: “When you run out and see that many people there, it kind of automatically gives you a little buzz and gives you the vibe you know and you’re out there to do your best for the crowd.”

It was individual brilliance that helped the Reds run out easy winners the last time the two teams met. In that game Quade Cooper scored 31 points.

Nyree Callaghan, QUT News.