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Weeks confident about overcoming injury

By Jim Morton 24/04/2010 02:00:18 PM Comments (0)

Rising Queensland prop Laurie Weeks has confidently declared he'll overcome a worrying foot injury to make next Saturday night's Wallabies audition against the Brumbies.

Weeks hobbled off Suncorp Stadium early in the second half of the Reds' gutsy 16-13 victory over the Stormers to be in doubt for his showdown with Test incumbent Ben Alexander in Canberra.

The 2009 Australian Super 14 rookie of the year, Weeks has continued his impressive form this season to rival veteran Al Baxter as the form tight-head prop in the country.

Alexander, who plays tight-head for Australia, has been a stand-out for the spluttering Brumbies at his preferred loose-head position.

Scans on Tuesday will determine Weeks' chances of packing down opposite Alexander in a battle which will certainly have Test selection ramifications.

But the 24-year-old Melbourne Rebels signing was extremely confident after the pain subsided following the grinding win over the Stormers.

"I have scans on Tuesday but it will be fine," Weeks said.

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie is also optimistic of Weeks playing in the crucial encounter as well as lock Van Humphries (ankle) and winger Rod Davies (hamstring) returning from injury due to an eight-day turnaround.

"We'll look at all three next week but at this stage we remain hopeful they will be all right," McKenzie said.

"The longer turnaround has come at a good time."

Stalwart Humphries return would create a second-row selection dilemma for McKenzie following Adam Byrnes and Rob Simmons' powerful performances against the Stormers.

Centre Anthony Faingaa was also unsurprisingly worse for wear after courageously playing out the 80 minutes at Suncorp Stadium following his first-minute knockout in tackling Sireli Naqelevuki.

The former Brumbies back almost fell over twice in eventually getting to his feet but went on to make two try-saving tackles on 208cm lock Andries Bekker.

Both McKenzie and skipper Will Genia singled Faingaa out for his whole-hearted display which epitomised Queensland's spirited defensive effort under pressure in the second half.

Despite the confidence-building win, the Reds found it hard to hide their disappointment in Genia being denied a last-minute try by television match official George Ayoub which allowed the Stormers to take home a bonus point.

The decision meant a four-way tie on the top of the Super 14 table with the Stormers, Crusaders and Reds all on 34 points with the defending champion Bulls, who play the winless Lions on Sunday morning (AEST).

With three rounds to play, Queensland's fairytale turnaround has put them in the unlikely position of competing for their first home final for 11 years.

But any hopes of finishing in the top two could disappear if they fail to end their Brumbies hoodoo.

The Reds have only scored one victory over their bogey side in 15 Super matches and have never won in Canberra.

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