Reds change one for Blues

Date published: March 17 2016

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The Reds have made one injury-enforced change to their side that will square off with the Blues in Brisbane on Saturday.

An injury to Ben Daley sees Brisbane City prop Pettowa Paraka come into the matchday 23 for the first time this year.

Daley, who suffered a torn pectoral muscle in last weekend’s narrow 25-23 defeat to the Rebels, underwent surgery this week and will be sidelined for four months.

Reds joint-interim head coach Matt O’Connor said: “We took some steps forward last week, but there’s still a lot to work on,” O'Connor told the Reds website.

“The two things we can address immediately are our discipline and how we start the game. That let us down last week. We’ve certainly got some concrete elements we can improve on as continue to develop.

“We decided it was important to stick with the team, as combinations are important and we thought there was a marked improvement last week. We’re trying to get the most mileage out of the combinations we’ve had.

“The players are really excited about being back at Suncorp Stadium and putting out a performance they’re proud of.”

Reds: 15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Anthony Fainga’a, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jake McIntyre, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Waita Setu, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Rob Simmons (c), 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Greg Holmes, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Andrew Ready, 1 Sef Fa’agase
Replacements: 16 Matt Mafi, 17 Pettowa Paraka, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ben Matwijow, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Scott Gale, 22 Sam Greene, 23 Ayumu Goromaru

Date: Saturday, March 19
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 18:45 local (08:45 GMT)
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Referees: Nic Berry, Jordan Way
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore

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