The Queensland Reds have named an unchanged side for Saturday night’s Super Rugby clash against the Blues at Suncorp Stadium.
The only change made to the squad that fell narrowly to the Melbourne Rebels last weekend has been forced, with prop Ben Daley to miss the next four months due to a pectoral injury he suffered during the match.
The former Wallaby, who has been plagued by injury for the last couple of seasons, underwent surgery this week and has been replaced by youngster Pettowa Paraka.
Japanese import Ayumu Goromaru remains on the bench with Karmichael Hunt at fullback as the Reds prepare to play at home for the first time since the sacking of Richard Graham.
“We took some steps forward last week, but there’s still a lot to work on,” co-interim head coach Matt O’Connor said.
“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 we 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.”
Queensland Reds: Karmichael Hunt, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Samu Kerevi, Anthony Faingaa, Eto Nabuli, Jake McIntyre, Nick Frisby, Jake Schatz, Waita Setu, Hendrik Tui, Rob Simmons (capt), Caderyn Neville. Greg Holmes, Andrew Ready, Sef Faagase. Reserves: Matt Mafi, Pettowa Paraka, Sam Talakai, Ben Matwijow, Curtis Browning, Scott Gale , Sam Greene, Ayumu Goromaru