Genia ready to share playmaking duty

Date published: January 20 2015

Will Genia believes the Reds will be a better team for reducing his role ahead of the new Super Rugby season.

The Wallaby scrum-half will once more link up with Quade Cooper in the halfbacks, but after a couple of difficult season, the Queensland franchise are planning to take some of the responsibility away from the pair.

Instead, newcomers James O’Connor and Karmichael Hunt will also get more of a playmaking role, while fit-again Chris Feauia-Sautia and Samu Kerevi will provide running threats in the backline.

That will take some of the pressure off Genia and Cooper, who should be allowed a little more freedom than in the past, and the 27-year-old Genia believes that can only help the team.

“The way we want to play is a little bit different to the way we’ve played the last four or five years, it gives more responsibility to everyone else as opposed to myself and Quade,” he told the Fairfax Media.

“In the past, opposition teams have shut down the nine and ten and more often than that you shut down the game, so now that we have more threats across the park and guys who attract attention it’ll only be good things for the guys.

“That takes pressure off in the sense that we can just do our thing and sit back and play how we normally play rather than trying to control everything.”