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THE Queensland Reds bounced back to the winner's circle last week but face a tough test tonight against an in-form Western Force. The men from the west are on a roll with three-straight victory, including a last-start upset of the champion Chiefs.
Turner's ankle problem caps three weeks of carnage for the Reds, who have also lost forwards Liam Gill, Ben Daley and Saia Fainga'a since embarking on their South African tour. With back-up five-eighth Lucas picked at No.15, playmaker Quade Cooper
With the Brumbies and NSW Waratahs both entrenched in the top six, and the surprise-packet Western Force, Queensland Reds and Rebels not far behind, the general improvement has turned local derbies into must-win clashes. Wallabies and Reds halfback
Hooker Nathan Charles said the Force's glut of back row talent meant they could cover for the loss of McMeniman and Alcock. "Angus Cottrell has stepped up and played great rugby," Charles said. "Ben McCalman has been the standout for us. Matt Hodgson
Dynamic Reds beat defending champions Sparks 47-32 in the women's final at Ed's Court in Raiwaqa while Boston White thrashed Bryce 37-17 in the men's final. Competition official Peniasi Kainamoli said the Reds made a massive comeback from last season.
Quade Cooper looked to have sealed the match with a drop goal, quickly followed by his fifth successful penalty, for a 22-10 lead with 10 minutes left. But the Stormers, who have lost their past four matches and failed to eclipse 20 points this
Reds playmaker Quade Cooper admits he has been bewildered by some referees' calls but says the 2011 champions are maintaining a positive approach as they look to turn their season around against the Stormers at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night...
The most penalised team in the competition, the Reds gained no favours from referee Stuart Berry as they fell 23-20 to the Lions in Johannesburg. With forwards James Hanson and Jake Schatz sin-binned for ruck infringements in the last 10 minutes, the
Read later Reds five-eighth Quade Cooper has run the Lions off their feet in previous encounters. Photo: Getty Images Queensland have a history of running the Lions off their feet but the Reds won't fall into the trap of playing loose and fancy in
Young Lions sharpshooter Marnitz Boshoff is the leading pointscorer in the competition and has led his underdog side to fourth place on the standings despite them scoring just 1.6 tries per match. Queensland were undone by the referee Lourens van der