Braid blow for Reds

Daniel Braid’s season-ending injury has cut short his stint with the Reds.

Braid ruptured his Achilles tendon in Saturday’s loss to the Lions and will be out of all rugby for the next six months. The period will affect his involvement with Llanelli Scarlets, with whom he’s signed a three-year deal.

Tasi Luafutu is a certainty to start at openside flanker next week in Braid’s stead, but coach Phil Mooney has intimated that mass changes could be made. Berrick Barnes could move to flyhalf at the expense of Quade Cooper.

‘Individual brilliance doesn’t win you games, it’s being able to perform the basics all the time and that’s our challenge,’ Mooney said.

‘It sounds simple but that’s the way to go, just be brilliant at the basics and nothing else. I certainly think that [Barnes at 10] is an option.

‘While his performance wasn’t faultless, Berrick’s a very good example to the rest of the group about how he prepares and the pride he takes in his performance and the way he delivers each week.’

Wing Peter Hynes is in serious doubt after aggravating a long-time knee problem which is to be reviewed by his surgeon.