Brad Thorn makes changes to Reds starting XV for Bulls clash

The Queensland Reds have announced their team to play the Bulls at Suncorp Stadium this Saturday.

The Reds have made one personnel change and three positional shifts in the backline for the match, with Samu Kerevi shifting from outside to inside centre, Chris Feauai-Sautia moving from the wing to outside centre and Filipo Daugunu earning his run-on debut on the wing.

The forward pack remains unchanged from last week’s team which defeated the Brumbies 18-10.

The match will be Feauai-Sautia’s 50th Queensland and Super Rugby cap, after making his debut back in 2012. The 25-year-old has been back to his damaging best since returning from injury ahead of last year’s National Rugby Championship, spearheading  Queensland Country’s attack on the way to their first title.

“This weekend’s match marks a great milestone for Chris Feauai-Sautia,” Reds coach Brad Thorn said.

“Fifty games for a team is an achievement any way you look at it, but he has had to overcome plenty of injuries to reach this point and everyone at the Reds is really proud of him. I’m sure it will be a rewarding moment for him and his family.

“We’ve gone with an unchanged forward pack for this weekend’s match. They put in a big shift against the Brumbies and really set the tone for that win and they’ll need to put in another big performance against the Bulls.

“We’ve made a few changes in the backline, bringing Chris (Feauai-Sautia) into the centres and Filipo (Daugunu) onto the wing.

“Chris has been in great form and offers a lot in the centres. He played there throughout the NRC and provided plenty of go forward for the team.

“It’s also a good opportunity for Filipo to get his first start. He has been exciting when he’s come on from the bench, so it’s good to see him get a crack at the starting jersey.

“The Bulls will be a tough challenge but the team is looking forward to running out in front of their home fans again this weekend. Hopefully the team can go out and make everyone proud.”

Suncorp Stadium will host a double header this Saturday, with Queensland Women hosting NSW Women in the opening match of the inaugural Super W season at 4:00pm AEST, followed by the Reds v Bulls at 6:45pm AEST.

Queensland Reds team to play Bulls

1. James Slipper (C) – Bond University
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa – Sunnybank
3. Taniela Tupou – Brothers
4. Izack Rodda – Easts
5. Kane Douglas – Norths
6. Adam Korczyk – University of Queensland
7. Liam Wright – Easts
8. Caleb Timu – Souths
9. James Tuttle – GPS
10. Jono Lance – University of Queensland
11. Eto Nabuli – GPS
12. Samu Kerevi – Souths
13. Chris Feauai-Sautia – Souths (50th Queensland/Super Rugby cap)
14. Filipo Daugunu – Wests (run-on debut)
15. Aidan Toua – Easts

16. Alex Mafi – Bond University
17. JP Smith – GPS
18. Sef Fa’agase – University of Queensland
19. Harry Hockings – University of Queensland
20. Angus Scott-Young – University of Queensland
21. Tate McDermott – University of Queensland
22. Hamish Stewart – Bond University
23. Duncan Paia’aua – Norths