Hunt out for Reds ahead of Chiefs clash

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

If the Reds are to upset the Chiefs on Saturday evening they'll have to do it without Karmichael Hunt.

The star fullback has succumbed to bruising suffered when he copped a knock to the knee late in Queensland's loss to the Waratahs, though the injury is not significant.

He hasn't been sent for scans and is a likely starter next week.

Hunt's absence was a significant blow when the Reds took on the Brumbies a month ago and it won't be any different on Saturday.Karmichael Hunt has been in superb form this season. Photo: Getty ImagesHe is Australia's form fullback and a leader on both attack and defence for Queensland.

His absence creates an opportunity for Campbell Magnay.

Duncan Paia'aua has moved back to fullback and Samu Kerevi shifts to inside centre, with Magnay handed the start at outside centre.

They are the only changes Stiles has made to his starting XV, with Chris Kuridrani filling the hole left by Magnay on the bench.

The Reds take on the Chiefs on Saturday evening, kicking off at 5:35pm, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.


Reds team for Chiefs clash

1. Sef Fa’agase

2. Stephen Moore

3. Sam Talakai

4. Rob Simmons

5. Lukhan Tui

6. Hendrik Tui

7. George Smith

8. Scott Higginbotham

9. James Tuttle

10. Quade Cooper

11. Eto Nabuli

12. Samu Kerevi (C)

13. Campbell Magnay

14. Izaia Perese

15. Duncan Paia’aua


16. Alex Mafi

17. Kirwan Sanday

18. Taniela Tupou

19. Izack Rodda

20. Leroy Houston

21. Nick Frisby

22. Hamish Stewart

23. Chris Kuridrani