Sport Petaia injured, Reds rotate Super squad

06:50  12 may  2021
06:50  12 may  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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A shoulder injury at training has ruled gun centre Jordan Petaia out of winless Queensland's clash with the Jaguares in Argentina on Sunday. Petaia will have scans on his return to Brisbane, the latest setback a cruel blow after a foot injury derailed his 2019 Super Rugby campaign in round two. Fullback Bryce Hegarty drops to the bench, with winger Jock Campbell shifted to the back after the Reds missed their chance to topple South Africa's Lions last weekend. "We're gutted for Jordan," coach Brad Thorn said.

Uncapped 19-year-old Petaia will have to wait until the World Cup in Japan to make his international debut after injuring his hamstring during a tackling drill early in the team’s 10-day camp in Noumea. It continues a dreadful run of luck with injuries for one of the sport’s rising stars, having also The Queensland Reds outside centre missed nearly all of this year’s Super Rugby season with a foot injury suffered in round three yet still earned a World Cup call-up because of his raw attacking potential. Petaia was to fly home on Wednesday for further treatment and while the injury isn’t deemed serious

Queensland Reds and Wallabies back Jordan Petaia is battling a thigh injury that will likely keeping him out of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman and cruel his chances of facing the French in three Tests later this year.

a person holding a football ball: Queensland Reds star Jordan Petaia could be out of rugby for six weeks because of a thigh strain. © Darren England/AAP PHOTOS Queensland Reds star Jordan Petaia could be out of rugby for six weeks because of a thigh strain.

Petaia left Saturday's final in the second half because of the injury as the Reds beat the Brumbies 19-16 thanks to a dramatic injury-time James O'Connor try.

Still just 21, the winger or centre's Australia rugby rise has been stunted by significant foot, shoulder and hip injuries and Reds coach Brad Thorn admitted on Wednesday he was set for more time on the sidelines.

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Petaia 's injury is a blow for the Reds , who are winless after two defeats on the road to the ACT Brumbies and the Johannesburg-based Lions. It also comes nearly a year to the day that the strapping teenager suffered a season-ending foot injury during the Reds ' second match against the champion Rugby Australia will also be sweating on Petaia 's fitness, with the governing body in desperate need of good news stories as it tries to strike a long-term broadcasting deal for Super Rugby and the Wallabies' test matches. Following the Wallabies' quarter-final exit from Japan, the nation's equal worst World

The Reds boast a host of fresh and experienced Wallabies talent in their squad finalised on Monday, the addition of star NRL winger Suliasi Vunivalu one of domestic rugby's most anticipated storylines of 2021. James O'Connor, Taniela Tupou, Harry Wilson, Jordan Petaia , Filipo Daugunu, Tate McDermott, Liam Wright, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Hunter Paisami, Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Fraser McReight were all part of Dave Rennie's maiden Test squad Central to that rebuild was internal development, with 89 per cent of the Reds ' 37-man squad graduating from the Queensland development pathway.

"He's got a solid strain to his quad or thigh and could be around six weeks," Thorn said.

"It's a bit of a loss for us but these things happen from time to time."

The Reds' final Super Rugby Trans-Tasman round robin game is on June 11, the stand alone final on June 19 and the Wallabies' first Test against the French at the SCG on July 7.

Petaia, Harry Wilson (concussion) and Alex Mafi (concussion) were casualties of the side's grand final win while halfback Tate McDermott has been rested for Friday's Trans-Tasman opener against the Highlanders in Dunedin.

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Regular starters Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Fraser McReight will come off the bench while Suliasi Vunivalu returns from injury off the bench and 19-year-old halfback Kalani Thomas will start against childhood hero Aaron Smith.

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Unfortunately, Petaia injured himself during the game-changing play, and was spotted hobbling towards the sidelines. He did not return to the field after half-time. “We just know this team has got a lot of fight and I’m incredibly proud of the boys who put in a lot of effort,” Queensland skipper Liam Wright said. Nic Savage. With a restricted crowd of 6000 fans watching on, the Super Rugby AU final is underway at GIO Stadium in Canberra. The Queensland Reds are fielding a team packed with future stars of the game, while the Brumbies boast one of the most experienced squads in the competition.

The Queensland Reds duo combined twice in the Super Rugby season before Petaia was injured in Round 3 against the Crusaders, and they will now line up against England pairing of Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade after Jones opted to move Owen Farrell into No. 10 at the expense of George Ford. "I've had thoughts about Jordy since the first day he actually walked into our club at the Reds , the way he trained," Kerevi said of his latest centre partner. "I think he just had that rare talent and now he's really refining that, becoming the player that he is.

Thorn hopes to have Hunter Paisami back for next week's home clash against the Crusaders.

The top two sides of the five-game round robin competition will contest the final, the Reds slated behind all five New Zealand outfits with bookies to win the tournament.

"Look at those odds ... it's our job to change that because we like to think we've got some good stuff going on too," Thorn said.

"We know we won't be highly rated in New Zealand, but that's our bread and butter.

"It's a little bit of extra salt and pepper on the meal but we're just a positive group that wants to get better."

James O'Connor and Liam Wright will share the captaincy after O'Connor had the honour and Wright started on the bench in Saturday's decider.

QUEENSLAND: Bryce Hegarty, Filipo Daugunu, Josh Flook, Hamish Stewart, Jock Campbell, James O'Connor, Kalani Thomas, Seru Uru, Liam Wright, Angus Scott-Young, Ryan Smith, Feao Fotuaika, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Dane Zander. Reserves: Josh Nasser, Harry Hoopert, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Fraser McReight,  Moses Sorovi, Isaac Henry, Suliasi Vunivalu.

Aussie champs hammered in Kiwi rugby opener .
The Highlanders have reminded Australia that Super Rugby trans-Tasman will a different and potentially painful ball game.The Highlanders have reminded Australian rugby that Super Rugby Trans-Tasman will a different and potentially much more painful ball game with a six-try, 40-19 win against the Reds in Dunedin.

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