Lance to steer Reds in final trial
- September 18, 2019
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Jono Lance will have first crack at taking over Queensland’s starting flyhalf spot, named at 10 for their final trial.
Lance and fellow returned Red Aidan Toua have both been given their first starts for the Reds since signing with Queensland, a week out from their season opener.
They’ll be facing off against a familiar face in the Warriors team as well, with discarded Reds back Chris Kuridrani named in Fiji’s centres.
Reds coach Brad Thorn has put boom youngster Izaia Perese on the wing, pairing up with Chris Feauai-Sautia on the edges.
Hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa has been rewarded for his impressive preseason so far, named ahead of Alex Mafi in the starting rake spot, and Andrew Ready left out of the team completely.
Kane Douglas will team up in the second row with Lukhan Tui, in the absence of injured Izack Rodda.
James Slipper will also return for his first Reds game in close to a year, after snapping his achilles tendon in Super Rugby last year.
“Everyone is looking forward to getting back to Ballymore for our final pre-season match,” Thorn said.
“The team has had a couple of hit outs now, but tomorrow’s match is our first proper XVs clash, so we’ll be looking to get plenty out of it as we start our preparations for our opening match of the season.
“It’s good to be able to welcome Jono and Aidan into the team for the first time. They’ve been training with us for a little bit now so are itching to get involved.
“We don’t have many opportunities to play at Ballymore and the players love running out onto that turf, so it would be great to see a big crowd gather to watch us play the Fijian Warriors.”
The Reds take on the Fiji Warriors on Thursday night, kicking off at 7pm local, 8pm AEDT.
Reds team to take on Fiji Warriors
1. James Slipper – Bond University
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Sunnybank (uncapped)
3. Taniela Tupou – Brothers
4. Lukhan Tui – Souths
5. Kane Douglas – Norths
6. Caleb Timu – Souths
7. Adam Korczyk – University of Queensland
8. Scott Higginbotham (C) – Wests
9. James Tuttle – GPS
10. Jono Lance – University of Queensland
11. Izaia Perese – Easts
12. Duncan Paia’aua – Norths
13. Samu Kerevi – Souths
14. Chris Feauai-Sautia – Souths
15. Aidan Toua – Easts
16. Alex Mafi – Bond University
17. JP Smith – GPS
18. Sef Fa’agase – University of Queensland
19. Harry Hockings – University of Queensland (uncapped)
20. Angus Scott-Young – University of Queensland (uncapped)
21. Moses Sorovi – University of Queensland
22. Hamish Stewart – Bond University
23. Filipo Daugunu – Wests (uncapped)
26. Liam Wright – Easts (uncapped)
27. Tate McDermott – University of Queensland (uncapped)
28. Teti Tela – Souths (uncapped)
Fiji Warriors to face Reds
1. Eroni Mawi
2. Tuwere Vugakoto
3. Vesi Rarawa
4. Filimoni Seru
5. Viliame Rarasea
6. Peni Raidre
7. Mosese Voka ©
9. Seru Vularika
10. Jone Manu
11. Lepani Raiyala
12. Chris Kuridrani
13. Ifereimi Tovilevu
14. Aparosa Tabulawaki
15. Enele Malele
16. Ratunaisa Navuma
17. Joeli Veitayaki
18. Mosese Ducivaki
19. Fabiano Rogovakalai
20. Levani Kurimudu
21. Frank Lomani
22. Inia Tawalo
23. Penasio Kunabuli
24. Timoci Sauvoli
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