Reds arrive in Durban



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The QR Queensland Reds arrived in Durban, South Africa, late on Saturday night without Chris Latham who will undergo a medical on Monday to assess the extent of his injury.

Latham missed the flight to South Africa after suffering rib cartilage damage while playing for the Australian Sevens team at the Commonwealth Games last weekend.

A full assessment on Monday will give medical and coaching staff a better idea of whether Latham is able join the team but they are preparing to be without him for the Cheetahs game this Friday night.

The loss of the Reds fullback on the back of Elton Flatley’s retirement last week has posed a backline quandary for coach Jeff Miller, who said a key component of how the team lines up will be getting some experience into the team to fill the whole left by those two players.

An 80-minute hit out for the Queensland A team last Friday would have helped Ben Tune gain some match fitness and Miller says his experience will certainly put him in line for a starting position.

Other injury concerns are progressing well and there was no fall out from the Queensland A v NSW A match.

‘Everyone came through the Queensland A game OK so that’s was good,’ Miller said.

‘Also Berrick Barnes (ribs and ankle) is looking fine, and Drew Mitchell (ribs) shaping up alright, too.’

The team had a recovery day in hot and humid conditions on Sunday and will continue to train in Durban before heading to Bloemfontein on Wednesday to make final preparations for the first match of the three-match tour.

‘Today we’ll view the Cheetahs game against Stormers, which the Cheetahs won,’ Miller said, ‘and then we’ll finalise starting line-up tomorrow.’

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