Smith bringing Reds young guns along in strides

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Breakdown tutorials from grandmaster flanker George Smith has accelerated the growth of the Reds back row, according to Angus Scott-Young.

Scott-Young returns to the starting XV this weekend but the headline inclusion in the 23 is Smith, who made his return to rugby with Brothers on Saturday.

While he has missed the first two months of the season, Smith has still been training with the squad and that means breakdown tutorials for all comers.

"After training he takes breakdown tutorials a lot and Liam (Wright) is a big fan of that," Scott-Young said.

"He's got little bits of knowledge that you just wouldn't pick that he's discovered over his career.

"He brings so much experience to the game, even just talking to him around training.Angus Scott-Young has seen great improvement in Liam Wright. Photo: QRU Media/Brendan Hertel"He has a lot of knowledge in those areas so hopefully he gets out there and shows us what he's made of."

Scott-Young has played alongside Wright through their time in both the Queensland and Australian U20s fold, as well as a Queensland Country campaign, and believes his pilfering has gone to the next level under the guidance of Smith.

"I think his pilfering technique has improved greatly," Scott-Young said.

"There are a lot of drills that George does after training that specifically focus on that and I think he's been doing those well."

On a personal front, Scott-Young will pack down at blindside flanker for his third start of the season, having impressed with his work rate against both the Jaguares and Stormers.

Rounding out his imposing ball carrying game and bone crunching defence with improved set piece play is at the top of the priority list, as the Reds look to put their season back on track against the Chiefs in their 1000th capped match.

George Smith is back in the Reds 23. Photo: Getty Images"Personally I always try and bring that edge of physicality - I try and base my game around that," Scott-Young said.

"But I've been working on my individual skills, my scrum and my lineout game.

"I'm just trying to bring the complete package.

"I'm not there yet but if I can keep working on that I think I'll be in good stead for the future."

While Scott-Young works on his own game, coach Brad Thorn has urged his side to take better care of the football against the Chiefs, who will punish any wayward kicks or opportune drop ball.

"Our attack structure isn't too complex and as long as we do it right, we should produce tries," Scott-Young said.

"There is a lot of drop ball there as well, which isn't helping.

"If we can rectify those issues I think we will be scoring tries this weekend."

The Reds face the Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night, kicking off at 7:45pm AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS and radio.