Queensland Reds out to make major statement

Wed, 07/04/2021, 01:00 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Harry Wilson in action for the Queensland Reds | Getty Images

Reds number eight Harry Wilson is confident that a win over the Brumbies will cement their status as the top Super Rugby team in Australia.

The Reds are looking at Saturday’s top-of-the-table clash with the Brumbies as the prime opportunity to establish themselves as the premier Super Rugby team in Australia.

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They enter Round Eight as the only unbeaten team across Super Rugby AU and Aotearoa, producing a dominant 44-19 win over the Rebels last Saturday.

Brad Thorn's men will be looking to replicate their efforts from Round Four when they face the defending champion Brumbies, who they beat in a thriller at GIO Stadium.

With hosting rights for the Grand Final on the line, Reds number eight Harry Wilson believes that it’s time for the Queensland-based side to make a statement in front of their home fans.

“These are the games you pencil down every year that you want to be involved in,” he told reporters.

“You want to make a statement because they've been the best team in Australia for the last five years.

“We think it's our time to show that we're the best team in Australia.

“We just got the win last time in Canberra but we're playing this weekend in front of our home supporters and we're pretty keen to make a statement that's for sure.”

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The Reds looks set to receive a boost, with injured captain Liam Wright racing the clock to be fit for the grand final rematch.

Wright (ankle) has missed the entirety of the Super Rugby AU season so far due to an ankle injury suffered in their lone trial match against the Waratahs.

“He’s been training well,” Wilson said on Wright.

“He’s been putting a bit of pressure on us who are in there at the moment.

“We’ll find out tomorrow but he’s fit and strong and should be ready to go soon.

Whilst Wright’s inclusion would lift the Reds, Wilson believes that the side’s ‘next man up’ attitude ensures that they can match it with any opponent.

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“That’s what Brad’s been trying to build for a while. We’ve got so much depth in every position and everyone’s bought in and wants to be a part of the team," he said.

“No matter what the team or leader is, everyone buys in and does what’s best for the team.

“James [O’Connor] has jumped in the leadership role for the last six weeks, probably out of his comfort zone a bit, but he’s done a great job and I’m sure he’s excited to get Liam back.”

It’s going to be a top-of-the-table clash when the Reds take on the Brumbies at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night, kicking off at 7.45pm AEST, catch all the action LIVE on Stan Sports and simulcast on 9Gem, click here to purchase tickets.

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