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Reds make two changes for Hurricanes clash

Radike Samo has been named on the bench against the Hurricanes

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Article Published: Tuesday 26 February 2013|

The Reds have made two changes to their team for Friday's Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes at Suncorp Stadium with former Wallaby Radike Samo coming on to the bench and Aidan Toua to the starting line up.

Samo returns to the Reds team and replaces injured backrower Jarrad Butler, who was unavailable for selection with an AC joint injury he sustained at the weekend.

Friday's match will be the second opportunity for Toua to impress in 2013 after he made a successful return from an offseason hamstring injury at outside centre against the Brumbies in round one before being rested in last Saturday's Templeton Cup success over the Waratahs.

The Reds field an unchanged forward-pack for Friday night's match with James Slipper to lead the side and a front-row which includes Greg Holmes at prop and Saia Faingaa at hooker.

Locks Rob Simmons and Ed O'Donoghue will again pack down in the second-row while the exciting young backrow of Eddie Quirk, Liam Gill and Jake Schatz remains unchanged.

Toua joins a back-three that features Digby Ioane and Dom Shipperley on the wings; Quade Cooper and Ben Lucas will again call the shots from the playmaking roles; and Ben Tapuai and Chris Feauai-Sautia will receive another opportunity to forge a strong partnership in the centres.

Queensland Reds Director of Coaching Ewen McKenzie said the Reds were targeting a more complete performance against the Hurricanes.

"We are a team that prides itself on being adaptable and capable of changing our gameplan on a week-to-week basis and that is reflected in our team selections," McKenzie said.

"We have strong thoughts about how the game is going to be played and feel that Aidan really has something to offer in this match from fullback. We took a pre-emptive approach to his hamstring last week in resting him for the Waratahs and you can already sense the benefit it has had to his preparation for this game.

"However, before that Aidan had earned his place in the starting side against the Brumbies, so we're excited to bring him back at his preferred position for a match we feel will suit the style of game that is going to be played.

"We're also happy with how our centre combination of Ben Tapuai and Chris Feauai-Sautia came together last week and we will again be expecting more from them against the Hurricanes.

"Having Radike healthy once again is also pleasing. We all saw the impact he made with his involvements during the trials and we'll be looking for a repeat performance when he's called upon on Friday night."

McKenzie said it would also be an opportunity for the Reds to make amends against one of Queensland's historic bogey sides with the Reds last winning against the Hurricanes in 2007, their only victory in their previous 10 Super Rugby matches against the Wellington-based side.

"The Hurricanes have a new lease on life under Mark Hammett and they showed last season just how dangerous they can be with the ball in hand," McKenzie said.


1. Greg Holmes,2. Saia Faingaa,3. James Slipper (c),4. Rob Simmons,5. Ed O'Donoghue,6. Eddie Quirk,7. Liam Gill,8. Jake Schatz,9. Ben Lucas,10. Quade Cooper,11. Digby Ioane,12. Ben Tapuai (vc),13. Chris Feauai-Sautia,14. Dom Shipperley,15. Aidan Toua

Replacements :16. James Hanson,17. Albert Anae,18. Adam Wallace-Harrison,19. Radike Samo,20. Nick Frisby,21. Mike Harris,22. Luke Morahan

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