Rugby Union 4 years ago

The Bet

  • The Bet

A big lumbering Kiwi mate at work ambled up to me yesterday. He's a massive rugby fan who gets the latest Crusaders jersey every year. He slapped me on the back and asked if I wanted to make a bet on the Reds/Crusaders game.

The prospect made me cringe.

He wanted $20 on the game - as an apprentice that's two hours of my pay!! As much as I love the Reds I couldn't make the bet. I hung my head in shame.

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Old mate walked away laughing loudly.

The Reds squad is looking a bit like a patch-work quilt ahead of their bout with the Crusaders on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium.

For this match we've lost Liam 'The Machine' Gill, Ed Quirk and Chris Feauai-Sautia to injury as well as James Slipper to suspension after his brain-snap lifting tackle against the Blues last week.

Dom Shipperley returns from injury and can hopefully add some starch and speed to our backline. Curtis Browning gets his first Reds start and there's another new face in Dave McDuling on the bench.

The Reds squad has been shuffled more than a deck of Blackjack cards for this match. Here's the squad:

1. Ben Daley
2. James Hanson
3. Greg Holmes
4. Rob Simmons
5. James Horwill
6. Curtis Browning
7. Beau Robinson
8. Jake Schatz
9. Will Genia
10. Quade Cooper
11. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi
12. Anthony Fainga’a
13. Ben Tapuai
14. Dom Shipperley
15. Mike Harris


16. Saia Fainga’a
17. Albert Anae
18. Jono Owen
19. Ed O’Donoghue
20. Dave McDuling
21. Nick Frisby
22. Ben Lucas
23. Rod Davies

Would you have made the $20 bet on the Reds winning? Am I weak?

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