Beau’s punt pays off

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

BORN-AGAIN flanker and part-time bar­tender Beau Robin­son may have pulled his last beer.

For­mer NSW Waratah Robin­son, who took the gam­ble and paid his own way north to res­ur­rect his ca­reer in Queens­land, will gain a be­lated Su­per Rugby con­tract this week­end when he plays his fifth game for the Reds.

The 24-year-old back-rower spent the pre-sea­son jug­gling train­ing and work­ing, spend­ing more than 20 hours a week be­hind an Ip­swich bar to make ends meet af­ter Queens­land were un­able to of­fer him a con­tract.

But un­der the Rugby Union Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion’s col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing agree­ment, a m i n i m u m c o n t r a c t i s a wa r d e d o n c e a p l a y e r makes five ap­pear­ances in a sea­son.

Robin­son has started and im­pressed in the past two Reds wins af­ter com­ing off the bench in the open­ing two rounds and to­day will be named at No. 7 to go head-to­head with Spring­boks linchp i n H e i n r i c h B r u s s o w a short stint in Italy for per­sonal rea­sons while star play­maker Quade Cooper said he was an inspiration to his team­mates.

‘‘ There’s no one out there who works as hard as Beau,’’ Cooper said.

‘‘ It gives you a sense of per­spec­tive and it’s good to see him play his fifth game and get a full con­tract, but I’m sure it won’t be his last.’’

Robin­son is rel­ish­ing the chance to line up at Sun­corp Sta­dium against Brus­sow, r a t e d a l o n g s i d e R i c h i e McCaw and David Po­cock as the game’s best open-side flankers.

Side­lined by an an­kle inj ury l ast year, Brus­sow showed he’d lost none of his ef­fec­tive­ness in the Chee­tahs’ 23-3 up­set of NSW last week.

‘ ‘ H e h a d a n a b s o l u t e cracker of a year ( in 2009) and what I’ve seen so far he’s back on the right path to play­ing some of his best foot­ball,’’ said Robin­son, who warned the Reds needed to im­prove at the tackle con­test.

Danny Green

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