By Sarah McVeigh
Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has named an unchanged starting line-up for this Sunday’s clash against the Crusaders at Lang Park.
The ladder-topping Reds hoped to break the Australian Super Rugby attendance record of 42,237 and now look set to play in front of a 50,000-strong crowd, based on ticket sales and expected walk-ins.
The Reds beat the Crusaders 41-20 in Brisbane last season but ex-Wallaby Ewen McKenzie says he hasn’t been focusing on the play from that game.
“I haven’t spent any time looking at that videotape … it’s different circumstances (this time),” he said.
McKenzie did spare a moment to commend the Crusaders on a formidable side.
“Dan Carter’s one of the best, if not the best, five-eight running around in the world at the moment,” he said.
Carter will be joined by fellow All Blacks Richie McCaw and Sonny Bill Williams in leading the Crusaders, currently third on the ladder, into this highly anticipated game.
Reds star Quade Cooper will be up against Dan Carter in a preview of what is to come in the World Cup later this year.
The Queensland Reds, who haven’t been beaten at home this season, enjoyed a bye last week.
McKenzie says it was a great chance for the boys to mentally prepare for the game.
“We needed that break…that said, we probably had 15 guys that needed a rest and another 15 who went out and played club rugby,” he said.
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