Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

History in the Making as Reds Eye Super Win

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

History in the Making as Reds Eye Super Win

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Byline: JIM MORTON of AAP

TEAMS

Reds: Jono Lance, Rod Davies, Anthony Faingaa, Ben Tapuai, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia; Radike Samo, Beau Robinson, Scott Higginbotham, James Horwill (capt), Rob Simmons, Greg Holmes, Saia Faingaa, Ben Daley. Res: James Hanson, Guy Shepherdson, Adam Wallace-Harrison, Jake Schatz, Liam Gill, Ian Prior, Will Chambers.

Crusaders: Tom Marshall, Sean Maitland, Robbie Fruean, Sonny Bill Williams, Zac Guildford, Dan Carter, Andy Ellis/Kahn Fotuali'i, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (capt), George Whitelock, Sam Whitelock, Brad Thorn, Owen Franks, Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett. Res: Quentin MacDonald, Ben Franks, Luke Romano/Chris Jack, Matt Todd, Kahn Fotuali'i/Willi Heinz, Matt Berquist, Ryan Crotty.

MOST football teams love under-dog status but not the Queensland Reds, who are boldly aiming to create the dynasty their Super Rugby final opponents hold.

Reds' coach Ewen McKenzie yesterday took umbrage that the jet-lagged Crusaders had been installed as $1.60 favourites for the decider at a sold-out Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane tomorrow night.

A surprised McKenzie was upset his team, which finished the regular-season on top of the standings to earn hosting rights, were still seen as battlers despite a two-season resurgence.

The seven-time champion Crusaders have history, experience and sentiment on their side but they must also overcome a hectic travel schedule which has seen them fly 100,000km this season and 28,000km in the past fortnight.

C[pounds sterling]We're not favourites in this game which I find disappointing,C[yen] McKenzie said.

C[pounds sterling]People want to grab the under-dog status. We don't want to be the underdog.

C[pounds sterling]We'd love to go into the game being the favourite. Bookmakers see it another way. That's disappointing to us. …

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