Queensland mentor Brad Thorn is dismissing talk the Reds cannot beat the Highlanders without having wounded Wallabies trio Taniela Tupou, Hunter Paisami and James O’Connor.
The Reds host the Highlanders in a have to-win recreation at Suncorp Stadium on Friday evening, hunting to snap a two-match Super Rugby Pacific dropping streak.
Those people losses coincided with a knee harm to veteran playmaker O’Connor, but the job of beating the Kiwi workforce went up a notch with prop Tupou (calf) and centre Paisami (shoulder) joining him in the casualty ward.
Thorn mentioned there was far more to the Reds than people today.
“We have haven’t talked about injuries, we have not talked about James or these other fellas and I see that as a constructive,” Thorn claimed on Thursday.
“The guys have just got the task accomplished.
“We were lacking Jordy (Petaia) and James (O’Connor) very last week and fell two factors brief so if we kick a intention or we make the most of our chances we get the end result.
“We have a perception that if you set on the maroon jersey we count on you to do the task and compete to earn.
“We’re not nervous about the names, it truly is brilliant to have people gamers but you can find other fellas there who will be ripping in.”
Of those people gamers, exciting duo Petaia and Suliasi Vunivalu are back from damage to include some efficiency on the wings with freshly re-signed Jock Campbell remaining at fullback.
The 24-calendar year-old has penned a new two-yr deal with the Reds and Rugby Australia, signalling he is in the Wallabies combine.
Josh Flook will address difficult-hitting Paisami, partnering Hamish Stewart in the centres.
Thorn explained his workforce had stacked up perfectly in areas against their New Zealand opponents but needed to play for the whole 80 minutes and consider their odds.
The Highlanders are coming off a really hard-fought acquire over the Drua in Fiji although they have been beaten by the Brumbies in Tremendous Spherical and sit 10th on the ladder with two victories.
“Which is what we are searching for – an 80-moment effectiveness,” Thorn mentioned.
“We had opportunities but manufactured mistakes at vital situations and when you’re up versus good opposition in the Hurricanes and then Chiefs, they typically acquire their prospects so you’ve received to make the most of your have.”