Maranta gets Reds debut

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 08:15
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Lachlan Maranta will make his Reds Super Rugby debut against the Brumbies at the Canberra Stadium on Saturday.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles has named fullback Maranta in his starting XV, in place of Karmichael Hunt who has been ruled out with a concussion.

The other change to the starting side from last week match is the return of prop from a calf injury which has prompted a shuffle in the front row.

Fa’agase will start at loosehead prop, with Sam Talakai returning to his regular position of tighthead and Taniela Tupou shifted to the reserves.

Stiles has also made significant changes to his bench, with hooker Alex Mafi and scrumhalf Moses Sorovi in line to make their Queensland and Super Rugby debuts in place of Andrew Ready and Nick Frisby, who have been left out of the 23 and will play Queensland Premier Rugby this weekend.
Lock Izack Rodda has also been named on the bench in place of Lukhan Tui, after recovering from an ankle injury suffered in the game against the Jaguares.
Stiles said: "I flagged at the end of last week’s game there was a need for change and you can see that in the team we’ve selected to play the Brumbies.

"We’re really happy with the depth we have in the squad at the moment and the competitiveness it is driving within the group for spots.
"It takes 23 players over 80 minutes to win a game of Rugby and we believe this is the team to get us an outcome this weekend. The players who have been named have been rewarded for their efforts on the training paddock and the field.
"There’s obviously some notable omissions in Nick and Andrew. I had a good chat with them early in the week about their performances in recent weeks and about the expectations of the team as a whole. They’re aware of why they’ve been left out of the team this week and I’m looking forward to seeing how they respond at club level this weekend,"

Reds: 15 Lachlan Maranta, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Sef Fa’agase.
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Hendrik Tui, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Izaia Perese

Date: Saturday, April 8
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick-off: 19.45 AEST (09.45 GMT)
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Paul Williams (New Zealand), James Leckie (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

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