Injury doubts over QR Reds Cordingley, Hardman


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QR Reds captain Sam Cordingley could be in doubt for Saturday’s match against the unbeaten Sharks because of a calf strain suffered in Saturday’s 24-all draw with the Lions in Johannesburg.

Head Coach Phil Mooney will give Cordingley more time before deciding whether to call for a replacement scrumhalf, with Will Genia being placed on standby.


Ben Lucas is the reserve scrumhalf in the squad but the Reds Academy prospect has had little game time.

The other injury worry is hooker Sean Hardman, who will undergo scans for a possible fractured eye socket, however Mooney remained optimistic he would be cleared to play.

Although the Reds came back from 21-10 down to salvage a draw with two late tries, Mooney was disappointed that the team was unable to come away with four or five competition points rather than two.

“At the end it was great to score those tries when the Lions were looking to win the game, and arguably Queensland sides in recent years might not have come back the way we did,” Mooney said.

“But we should have been out of sight by then with the chances we had. It’s a game we should have won.”

The match was played at altitude and was notable for its energy sapping pace, with each side being required to make 90 tackles during the game.

The Reds scored three tries to two, with fullback Chris Latham claiming the match saver right on fulltime.

The Reds now fly back to sea level to Durban to prepare for their match against the Sharks, a match Mooney believes is within their capability to win.

“Saturday’s match showed there were things we need to work on but if we play well we’re a big chance to win,” he said.

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