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A Super 14 team will run out at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night desperate to bounce back from a humiliating defeat - and for once it won't be the Queensland Reds.

Not that Queensland coach Phil Mooney is getting carried away ahead of the clash with a Brumbies outfit still smarting from last round's record 56-7 loss to the Hurricanes.

The Reds' stirring last round 31-24 upset over the Blues in Auckland ended a 20-game losing run on the road for the Super 14 battlers.

But Mooney doesn't have to be reminded that another hoodoo awaits the Reds this weekend.

They have beaten the Brumbies just once in Super rugby history - a 19-18 Ballymore triumph way back in 1999.

However, Mooney reckons Queensland are getting used to ending hoodoos this season.

"There are a lot of hoodoos that are around this team (but) we've ticked a couple off already this year," Mooney said on Wednesday.

"We've beaten a top four team (Sharks). We have won away from home.

"We now want to be consistent for the rest of the year - and it starts this week."

Mooney would be forgiven for getting ahead of himself.

Already buoyed by last round's upset, Mooney was given another reason to smile when Wallabies winger Peter Hynes (knee) was cleared to take on the Brumbies.

And the fact a resurgent Queensland can deliver a fatal blow to the Brumbies' finals chances with a victory no doubt provides extra motivation.

But Mooney reckons taming the Brumbies is still easier said than done, despite the side's last round capitulation.

"They have done it tough. But the character they have shown on the field, particularly in the three games prior to last week has been exceptional," Mooney said of the Brumbies.

"They are a side we respect highly."

On ending the Brumbies' finals chances, Mooney said coyly: "I guess we can.

"(But) this week we are concentrating on getting our game right again.

"We obviously did it very well last week but there are still elements in our game that we need to improve on."

Mooney's joy at welcoming back Hynes was tempered by the loss for the season of rookie flyer Luke Morahan.

Morahan suffered a dislocated shoulder against the Blues that requires surgery.

"The timing is good for us to have Peter back (but) it's terrible bad luck for Luke - that was his run-on debut last week and he suffered his injury," Mooney said.

Mooney named Quade Cooper at five-eighth and Berrick Barnes at inside centre but expected the pair to swap roles like they did with spectacular success in Auckland.

Meanwhile, the match has been robbed of the anticipated clash between Stirling Mortlock and Reds outside centre Digby Ioane after the Brumbies legend was switched to the wing.

Asked where he would prefer to see Mortlock play, Mooney said: "I would prefer him not to be playing at all.

"(But) Stirling has played wing at Test level. It's a position where he will be able to get into the game very easily."

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