REDS

NZ Rugby World - - Super Rugby 2018 -

RE­CRUIT­MENT BAL­ANCE

Long time read­ers of NZ Rugby World will know that we love Brad Thorn. We have the deep­est re­spect for him and his pro­mo­tion to the head coach­ing role will strengthen the Reds. But he’s the only sig­nif­i­cant ar­rival and hav­ing made his mind up to chop Quade Cooper, the Reds look even weaker than they were last year.

WHAT CAN WE EX­PECT TAC­TI­CALLY?

We can’t say if Thorn is any kind of tac­ti­cal vi­sion­ary. He was a hard work­ing lock as a player so...well...you know those guys had their head down and bum up.

What we do be­lieve is that he will be clear, con­cise and con­sis­tent. He’ll make sure the set piece func­tions and the driv­ing maul works but other than that, we are guess­ing. Which makes the Reds in­ter­est­ing...kind of.

GUT FEEL – RISERS OR FALL­ERS?

These guys may be about the same as they were last year but we reckon the Rebels and Waratahs will be much im­proved which will see the Reds strug­gle more.

Hard to see what will make them a bet­ter side.

WHERE WILL THEY FIN­ISH?

We tipped them as big risers last year. Ac­tu­ally went a bit over­board look­ing back. To bal­ance the ledger, we don’t think they will be much dif­fer­ent this year – a weak side with lim­ited po­ten­tial who scrap for the mi­nor place.

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