St.George Queensland Reds announce Round 2 team against Rebels

· Super Rugby - AU
by Reds Media Unit

The St.George Queensland Reds have named an unchanged 23 for tomorrow night’s clash against the Melbourne Rebels in Sydney. 

Following Queensland’s drought-breaking victory over New South Wales last week, Reds head coach Brad Thorn has stuck firm with the same side as they look to record back-to-back wins for the first time this year. 

Lock Angus Blyth has passed HIA protocols this week following a head-knock in last Friday’s six-point win over the Waratahs and will resume his spot in the secondrow. 

Brothers speedster Josh Flook has again been named as a finisher and is potentially set to make his Super Rugby and Queensland debut off the bench tomorrow night.

“This is game-two for us and we’re focused on improving our game and knowing we’ve got a really tough opposition,” said Thorn.

“We’ve got a lot of respect for the Rebels. They’re a really good defensive side – good line-speed. Smart man at 10 there with (Matt) Toomua. They’ve got a good set-piece – they’ve really stepped-up in their scrummaging, good line-out. 

“It was a good hit-out with them and the Brumbies. They’re a strong side and that’s how we’re approaching it.”

Queensland play the Rebels in Sydney on Friday night at 7:05pm AEST and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports and Kayo.

The Reds return home next week as they host the Force at Suncorp Stadium on Friday 17 July. 

St.George Queensland Reds v Rebels – Brookvale Oval, Sydney on 10 July at 7:05pm AEST

1. Harry Hoopert – Brothers
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Sunnybank 
3. Taniela Tupou – Brothers 
4. Angus Blyth – Bond University 
5. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto – Souths 
6. Liam Wright – Easts © 
7. Fraser McReight – Brothers
8. Harry Wilson – Brothers 
9. Tate McDermott – University of Queensland
10. James O’Connor – Brothers 
11. Filipo Daugunu – Wests
12. Hamish Stewart – Brothers 
13. Hunter Paisami – Wests 
14. Jock Campbell – University of Queensland
15. Bryce Hegarty – GPS 

16. Alex Mafi – Bond University 
17. JP Smith – GPS
18. Josh Nasser – University of Queensland
19. Tuaina Taii Tualima – GPS 
20. Angus Scott-Young – University of Queensland
21. Scott Malolua – GPS
22. Chris Feauai-Sautia – Souths
23. Josh Flook* – Brothers 

*denotes potential Super Rugby and Queensland debut