Horwill returns for Reds

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Horwill returns for Reds

The Reds are boosted by the return of their captain James Horwill for Saturday’s clash with the Chiefs.

Horwill’s return to the second row means Hugh McMeniman moves back to his preferred blindside flank position.

Blair Connor is also brought in on the wing while Ben Lucas is over his rib injury.

Reds - Mark McLinden, Blair Connor, Digby Ioane, Berrick Barnes, Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper, Ben Lucas, Leroy Houston, Daniel Braid, Hugh McMeniman, James Horwill (c), Van Humphries, Laurie Weeks, Sean Hardman, Ben Daley.
Subs: Saia Faingaa, Jack Kennedy, Scott Higginbotham, Poutasi Luafutu, Brendan McKibbin, Anthony Faingaa, Rod Davies.

Halangahu primed for starting berth

The Waratahs look set to drop Kurtley Beale from the run-on side and hand Daniel Halangahu the chance to make the No.10 jersey his own.

Halangahu ran at flyhalf in what appeared to be the run-on side during training this week ahead of their crucial clash against a wounded Blues outfit.

The 25-year-old’s promotion follows much debate as to whether Beale should continue as the starting pivot, or come on later in the game from the bench. Many observers believe Beale has been out of form this year and that his natural flair would have more impact were he to come on later in the game.

Waratahs coach Chris Hickey expects more from his backline this week, and while wary of the Blues, who are still hurting from their 63-34 loss to the Chiefs, he has identified a couple of defensive weaknesses.

‘It does indicate that perhaps there are some holes,’ said Hickey. ‘We have had a look at how they defend. There are a couple of areas we might be able to target, provided we can hang on to the ball and get it over the try line.’

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