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QR Queensland Reds coach Jeff Miller is hoping the changes made to the team for this Saturday’s game against the Sharks will deliver the attacking firepower he is looking for.


Key changes Miller said will give the team more sting in attack are the promotion of speedy teenage winger Caleb Brown and versatile back-rower Tom McVerry to the starting line-up.


Brown’s impact from the bench has been immediate and Miller is hoping that including him from the start will lead to more tries on board.


‘(Caleb’s) shown every time he comes on that something happens,’ Miller said.


‘He’s made an impact and really we haven’t scored that many tries this year and we’re looking at trying to improve our attack so that we can score some more tries,’


The combination of Mitchell Chapman and McVerry in the second row is aligned with trying to improve the Reds attack, Miller said, adding that McVerry’s ability to link with the backs and ball-running skills add a different dimension to the team.


‘We just decided we’re a little bit more mobile with that combination, and with Caleb in the backs we’re hoping we have a little bit more firepower.’


Chapman’s progress this season has been impressive under the tutelage of Mark Connors, who will start from the bench this week, and Miller is hoping for a big game from the young bull.


‘Mitchell Chapman’s done very well. He’s played through a number of injuries but he’s shown that he is a quality football player and with every game he seems to get better.’


Chapman, who has the responsibility of leading the lineout this week, said Connors had been a big influence this season.


‘He’s been a fantastic help for me personally,’ Chapman said.


‘Obviously he’s got a lot of experience, and just his technical knowledge and his years of experience have really shone through for us.’


Tackling has been another shining light of Chapman’s game this season and a number of memorable big hits have been rewarded within the team environment


‘We look each week to see who’s been dominant in defence,’ Miller said.


‘Mitchell’s really stepped up on that side of things. He’s won the award for a number of weeks so it just adds to his all round game.’


Chapman said it is confidence rather than a new-found aggression which has led to his improved defence.


‘I’ve done a lot of work on the off-season with (defensive coach) Peter Ryan on my technique and I think just a bit more confidence in my tackling technique has really helped and hopefully I can pull off a few big hits this weekend.’


The match kicks off at 1am Sunday morning Queensland time.

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