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Ex-Wallaby compares 2024 Reds to Quade’s 2011 Super Rugby champions

By Finn Morton
Fraser McReight of the Reds scores a try during the round three Super Rugby Pacific match between Queensland Reds and Chiefs at Suncorp Stadium, on March 09, 2024, in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Following the Reds’ promising start to the season, former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles has compared the current squad to the history-making Super Rugby champions of 2011.

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Halves Will Genia and Quade Cooper led the way for the Queensland Reds as they helped deliver the state’s first-ever Super Rugby title with a win over Dan Carter’s Crusaders 13 years ago.

The Reds have managed to win just one Super Rugby AU title since, but even the quality of that championship side might not compare to the 2024 crop of Reds talent.

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Following their win over Australian rivals the Melbourne Rebels, the Reds are second on the Super Rugby Pacific standings by a slight margin behind the ladder-leading Hurricanes.

Queensland are 3-1 after the first four rounds of the campaign, with their sole defeat to date coming in a golden point thriller against the undefeated Canes in Super Round.

With new coach Les Kiss at the helm, a young Queensland side which includes Fraser McReight and Josh Flook are bringing career-best form to the Super Rugby Pacific table.

“You’re seeing the best of what Brad Thorn did with the group but you’re also seeing why they needed to go in a different direction because they had so much more ability in them,” Stephen Hoiles said on Stan Sports’ Between Two Posts.

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“They look like, I’m going out early here, but they look similar to the skillset that the 2011 Reds had. You know, the Quades and the Will Genia’s – they like to play a free-spirited style.

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“You’ve almost got to unleash them a little bit.

“I feel how Brad Thorn coached it was about being tough, physical and just repetitive and doing the same thing. They’ve got the best in work ethic out of Brad Thorn; now they’re adding that element of risk but it’s risk with detail.

“They’re coaching according to their playing group which is always the most important thing to do.”

Going into round four, there was plenty of interest surrounding the Reds’ matchup with the Rebels. It was a top-three clash that pitted some of the nation’s best against one another.

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Lock Seru Uru scored a first-half double as the Reds ran up a commanding 33-7 half-time lead, and a strong end to the second term saw them hold on for a big win.

With 19-year-old Harry McLaughlin-Phillips in the No. 10 jersey, the Reds made a statement with the 26-53 demolition of their Aussie foe down south.

The Reds are set to travel to Perth later this week ahead of a meeting with the winless Western Force at HBF Park on Saturday afternoon (local time).

“They’ve got the Force this week, they’re over in Perth this week,” Hoiles added. “If they get a win over there, which… you’d assume with the way things are going they should beat (the Force), they’ll come back to 30, 35,000 (supporters) at Suncorp.”

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B.J. Spratt 32 minutes ago
All Blacks vs England takeaways: Richie Who? Time for Cortez

You Poms and Paddies are really nice guys. New Zealand V Ireland - 37 Tests - N.Z. 31 Wins - Ireland 5 Wins - 1 draw. New Zealand V England - 45 Tests - N.Z. 35 Wins -England 8 Wins - 2 draws. Combined - You have beaten the All Blacks 13 Times in 82 attempts over 119 years. The Stats over 100 years + would say, especially England with 6 Times the player pool than New Zealand, you have WON 8 times. So how can England with a 6 times the player numbers have a 17% winning strike rate against New Zealand? and be 8 -0 in Test Series over 100 years. The answer is simple. Your perception of the game. How do you fix it? You need to play in New Zealand for a couple of seasons in your teens, 18 -20. Martin Johnstone played 2 seasons here under the mentorship of Colin Meads. When he came here he had rugby shorts with pockets and a handkerchief in one pocket. He played for NZ Under 21 against Wallaby John Eales. He became the toughest player in the game and the best ever English Captain and Captained the Lions twice. Legend! Maybe if he hadn’t come to New Zealand, he may still had those rugby shorts with pockets. Recently Rogan O’Gara spent time at the Crusaders. What a great coach. “Our “mindset is different” and that’s how we have beaten you for 100 years + How the hell he isn’t Coaching Ireland, France, England, Wales, or Scotland I will never know? England has 131,000 Senior rugby Players. Ireland has 21,000 Senior Players. New Zealand has 27,000 Senior Players.

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