If we imagine that QPR is Game of thrones then this weekend Brad Thorn has pulled a Walder Frey special, it’s the Reds wedding and they’re back in clubland.
Most of the players who did not start against the Brumbies are in this weekend sniffing out an opportunity to strut their stuff and get noticed.
Brothers v Wests
This is the Battle for Winterfell, it may be early on in the season but based on the volume and calibre or recruits you will definitely need have the brightness setting sorted so you don’t miss anything.
In addition to Hoopert the home side will bump Paddy James out to 12, making way for Lawson Creighton at 10 while fresh off a scoring Super Rugby starting debut Josh Flook is at outside centre.
If that is making you salivate then this is going to make you paralytic.
Wests are hitting the ground at warp speed, from the Reds Moses Sorovi at 9, Isaac Henry at 12, Ilaisa Droasese at 13 and Filipo Daugunu on the wing.
The FIFO imports from the Rebels will see Mason Gordon start at 15, Ilikena Vudogo is on the pine along with another big surprise in Carter Gordon.
Not sure who knows who at Sylvan Road, but well played sir.
By the by, word on the street is that beyond this week Wests may also have a fair few skeleton’s in their closet 😉.
Bulldogs by 12.
Bond v Easts
Bond have got even more to ride on high about with Reds’ front rowers Matt Mafi and Zane Nonggorr returning alongside Angus Blyth.
The Tigers’s season may not have started the way they wanted but it just got a whole lot better.
Richie Asiata starts at hooker, fresh from Wallabies camp Seru Uru at #8 and one of their favourite son’s Reds captain Liam Wright is back wearing #6.
Compared to the electric backs line up at Crosby Rd this one is going to be a Tormund level battle; brutal, strong and fiery with a bit of chirp (enjoy the ref mic).
Tigers by 8.
Norths v GPS
No new Reds additions for these two this week with relatively unchanged starting XV’s.
QLD Reds Dane Zander lines up next Tonga Maafu and Paulo Leleisiuao, the trio did well in the scrum against Bond last week with hopes this week's new halves pairing of George Stokes and Jacob Prideaux can deliver.
Norths will be happy to be home, but it might be short lived.
GPS have a spring in their step after a good win against Souths last weekend has them sitting atop the competition table.
Bolstered once again with Tuaina Tualima from the reds GPS will call upon their usual set piece to speak upfront whilst the likes of Josh Collins and co will light it up out wide.
The Wildlings got a few late ones against Bond last week, but it won’t be enough to topple the walls of GPS.
Gallopers by 16.
Souths v UQ
At the bottom of the table Souths are the only team not receiving any Reds players this week (rough).
They put on a good show last round against GPS with some of the best hands of any backline and having the Farrell boys leading the charge up front.
Only change this week is Seb Hanna on the wing which on paper that doesn’t come close to closing the gap between them and UQ.
Josh Nasser, Sam Wallis and Mac Grealy are joined this week in the starting XV by fellow Reds halfback Kalani Thomas.
Fair to say the students will be looking to go hard in what should be an easy opportunity to grab a bonus point.
Also note with the games at Bond and Wests looking to be tight, UQ could get themselves into top spot on the competition ladder via a larger positive points differential.
Souths are going to need to have more luck than Jon Snow in the Battle of The Bastards to pull this one off.
UQ by 20+
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