Mis­fir­ing Reds pre­par­ing for Brumbies back­lash

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

LIN­ING up against bo­gey side the Brumbies could not have come at a worse time, ac­cord­ing t o Queens­land half­back Will Ge­nia.

The Brumbies are ex­pected to come out fir­ing in Can­berra on Satur­day night in the wake of coach Andy Friend’s sack­ing just two games into the Su­per Rugby sea­son.

But Ge­nia reck­ons the Reds have big­ger prob­lems.

Queens­land are count­ing the cost of their last round 3 0 - 6 t hr a s hi ng f r o m t he Waratahs.

It left some of their big­gest names – Peter Hynes and cap­tain James Hor­will – on the in­jury list and coach Ewen McKen­zie won­der­ing how to make their game plan ‘‘ rel­e­vant’’.

No won­der Ge­nia reck­oned the least of their wor­ries was hold­ing out a pumped up Brumbies side they have never beaten in Can­berra and just once over­all – way back in 1999.

‘‘ Ob­vi­ously things haven’t been work­ing down there and as a group they will prob­a­bly gal­vanise in this time of need,’’ Ge­nia said.

‘‘ They’ll come out ready to play.

‘‘( But) we



trou­ble our­selves here a lit­tle bit.

‘‘ We are not play­ing the game we want to play – we have our own t hings t o worry about.’’

Ge­nia said the team had not spo­ken about their hor­ror record against the Brumbies but had spo­ken plenty about their game plan.

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