Misfiring Reds preparing for Brumbies backlash
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.