Stewart, Sorovi to start in halves against Tahs

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

The prayers of Reds fans have been answered, with Moses Sorovi and Hamish Stewart to team up in the halves against the Waratahs.

Sorovi swaps spots with Ben Lucas while Jono Lance has been pushed back to fullback to accommodate Stewart's shift, a pair of changes Queensland fans have long been crying out for.

Lucas and Lance kicked possession away with inane regularity against the Highlanders and one would hope this young halves pairing throw some more caution to the wind against NSW.

"It’s a great opportunity for Moses to get his first start," coach Brad Thorn said.

"He’s an exciting young prospect and we felt he deserved the chance to show what he can do from the kick off.Moses Sorovi will start at halfback. Photo: Getty Images"We also felt it was the right time to give Hamish another opportunity in the starting flyhalf jersey.

"It’s only his second start at flyhalf. He enjoyed his experience against the Lions and this is another chance in the 10 jersey."

There is just one change to the forward pack, with Kane Douglas returning to the starting XV in place of Harry Hockings, who will come off the bench.

Alex Mafi also returns to the 23, with Andrew Ready sent back to club rugby as a result.

Jayden Ngamanu will have his chance to add some late impact, taking the bench spot of Aidan Toua.

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


Reds team to face the Waratahs

1. JP Smith – GPS

2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Sunnybank

3. Taniela Tupou – Brothers

4. Izack Rodda – Easts

5. Kane Douglas – Norths

6. Angus Scott-Young – University of Queensland

7. George Smith – Brothers

8. Scott Higginbotham (C) - Wests

9. Moses Sorovi – Wests

10. Hamish Stewart – Bond University

11. Jordan Petaia – Wests

12. Duncan Paia’aua – Norths

13. Samu Kerevi – Souths

14. Izaia Perese – Easts

15. Jono Lance – University of Queensland


16. Alex Mafi – Bond University

17. Sef Fa’agase – University of Queensland

18. Ruan Smith – GPS

19. Harry Hockings – University of Queensland

20. Caleb Timu – Souths

21. Liam Wright – Easts

22. Ben Lucas – Sunnybank

23. Jayden Ngamanu – Souths