I reckon this might just be the easiest column I’ve ever written for Suncorp Stadium.
After all, how hard can it be to pump up the tyres of the Queensland Reds after their record-breaking performance against the old enemy from NSW last Friday night? The 41-7 win over the Waratahs was the Reds’ biggest-ever in Super Rugby and the excellent crowd at Suncorp Stadium loved every minute of it.
It’s on again this Friday against the dangerous Melbourne Rebels, and while the opposition will be a step up in class from a very disappointing Tahs outfit, the Reds will know they’ve still got plenty of improvement in them.
Despite the scoreline, the first-up win wasn’t perfect. It had all the hallmarks of a season opener, with a few last passes going to ground and some opportunities missed. Coach Brad Thorn will be looking for a more rounded performance second run out and in this exciting young Reds outfit he certainly has the personnel to get it.
Thorn and his team were very much an unknown quantity when they came together just over three years ago. He had never coached at the top level before and several of his players had little, if any, Super Rugby experience. To watch them come together as a unit and make it all the way to last season’s grand final against the ACT Brumbies has been the best thing to happen to Queensland rugby for a decade.
The backrow of Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson and Seru Uru were outstanding last Friday night, and winger Filipo Daugunu was close to unstoppable. With injured captain Liam Wright and Melbourne Storm convert Suliasi Vunivalu still to come into the side, good judges are tipping the Reds to turn the tables on the Brumbies in this season’s Super Rugby AU decider.
I reckon they could be right.
What do YOU reckon?