Beau’s punt pays off
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.