Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Versatile Reds on Target for Crown

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Versatile Reds on Target for Crown

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THE Queensland Reds have returned from South Africa as leaders of the 2011 Super 15 competition.

However, former Ipswich Grammar School student and Reds winger Rod Davies knows it means nothing yet.

Davies was still feeling the effects of jet-lag yesterday but knows from experience that by tomorrow that will be gone and the injury-free Reds will be fit and raring to host the defending champion Bulls at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

It was in the corresponding match last season, against the 2009 Super 14 champions following the Reds' return from South Africa, they stamped themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

A year on, confidence could not be higher after beating the previously undefeated competition leaders the Stormers 19-6 on their home turf last weekend.

C[pounds sterling]Coming off a win at Newlands is massive,C[yen] Davies said.

C[pounds sterling]With over 45,000 fans there, it is a special place to win at.C[yen]

It followed a 30-25 triumph over the Lions the previous week to cap a successful tour of the republic.

It was not just the wins that were impressive; it was the manner of them.

Queensland turned on the flair to beat Lions, before shedding their flamboyance to out-muscle the Stormers and beat them at their own game.

It is something many, including former Reds and Wallabies coach Eddie Jones, thought them incapable of.

C[pounds sterling]You are always going to have your knockers but it was very pleasing the way we stuck together,C[yen] Davies said.

C[pounds sterling]To get two wins over there is pretty rare.

C[pounds sterling]It was a hard game plan (against the Stormers) but we stuck to it.

C[pounds sterling]The flair footy got put in the back pocket and it worked in the end.

C[pounds sterling]It is not the sort of game we outside backs want to play but whatever we need to do to win, we'll keep doing.C[yen]

It has given the Reds huge confidence knowing they can adapt their game successfully to match each opponent and marks the biggest stride the team has taken since just missing out on last year's semi-finals. …

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