Super Rugby


9/11/2017

REDS WATCH: Country claim bragging rights in Andy Purcell Cup clash


The Super Rugby season may be over, but there’s still plenty of Rugby to sink your teeth into.

We take a look at what some members of the St.George Queensland Reds squad are up to, whether they be representing the Wallabies, playing overseas for another club or domestically in club rugby and the National Rugby Championship.

REDS IN THE NRC
Ballymore was home to a fair bit of banter last week, as Reds teammates prepared to go head to head in the annual Andy Purcell Cup clash in Round 2 of the National Rugby Championship. 

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City had held their three previous victories over their teammates-come-rivals, but it was Bond University Queensland Country who earned bragging rights with a 31-12 win at Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club on the weekend. 

Country’s defence was beautiful, in a brutal way, as they repelled a City side with a dominance of possession in the first half. 

Country captain Duncan Paia’aua had a strong performance, along with a number of Reds teammates, including young flyhalf Hamish Stewart who bagged two tries and Chris Feauai-Sautia, who continued his return from a 12-month injury layoff. 

The victorious side’s backs notched the majority of their points, but it was thanks in large part to the dominant platform laid by the young Country pack, who grew immensely from their close Round 1 loss to the Canberra Vikings. 



Long may the rivalry, and banter, of the City v Country clash continue. 

Glory glory Queensland Country 🔵⚪️ #countryroadtakemehome🎶

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REDS IN THE WALLABIES
Reds lock Lukhan Tui has earned a Wallabies recall, three long months after a knee injury ruled him out of the remainder of the 2017 Super Rugby season. 

Tui first earned Wallabies selection in the June Test squad, but missed out on selection in the Tests against Fiji, Scotland and Italy. He required surgery on a knee niggle afterwards and has spent the last three months working diligently to get back on the field.

He made his comeback via the opening two rounds of the National Rugby Championship with McInnes Wilson Lawyers Brisbane City and joins Reds teammates Adam Korczyk, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Samu Kerevi, Izaia Perese and Stephen Moore in the national set up. 

Tui, Korczyk and Perese are all chasing their Test debuts, which could come as early as this weekend, when the Wallabies take on Argentina in Canberra.

Moore is also back in the Australian squad after having the last week off to be with his family, following the birth of his third child – a son, named Lawrence.

REDS IN THE COMMUNITY
Reds flanker Caleb Timu and Duncan Paia’aua joined for Queensland and Wallabies legend Tim Horan at the Princess Alexandria Hospital’s Spinal Unit last week to support Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week. 



Their visit came in the same week Reds captain James Slipper put his hand up to support the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation’s Spinal Injury Project, or SIP Week. 

SIP Week aims to raise valuable funds to facilitate, collaborate and initiate the connections and research required to find a cure for paralysis. 

Slipper’s fundraising goal was $1,000 and donations are still welcome at bit.ly/SIPWeekJS. One lucky donor will win a sign St.George Queensland Reds jersey, to be selected at random at the end of the appeal.



REDS ABROAD
George Smith continues to defy age and opponents, as his Japanese Top League side Suntory Sungoliath continued their unbeaten in the 2017-18 season.

Smith is yet to lose a match with Suntory in his current two-season stint, as the competition leaders last felt defeat way back in December 2015. 

Reds fans will be pleased to see Smith is still at his best, as the dominant flanker played a hand in two of the side’s six tries in their most recent win, 36-11 over NTT Communications Shining Arcs. 

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