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Reds eye Brumbies breakthrough

By Wayne Heming 28/04/2010 06:30:05 AM Comments (0)

The rampaging Reds fear no Super 14 rival.

That was the clear message delivered by Queensland fullback Peter Hynes on Tuesday as the Reds prepared for their next blockbuster against a desperate Brumbies whose Super 14 campaign could be over with another loss.

Reds mania hit fever pitch with Queensland's 16-13 win over the Stormers last weekend.

A rare win over arch rivals the Brumbies would send fans over the top following so many seasons of heartache.

Under new coach Ewen McKenzie the Reds players can almost taste their first semi-final appearance since 1999 when they were bundled out 28-22 by eventual winners the Crusaders.

After finishing 10th in 2005, 12th in 2006, last in 2007, 12th in 2008 and 13th last year, the Reds (34 points) are fourth on percentage but with only the first placed Bulls (39) ahead of them on points.

On form they'd be confident of taking the Brumbies (6th, 27 points) but haven't had a win in Canberra since Super Rugby began in 1996.

And the Reds have just one win against the Brumbies anywhere, by a solitary point at Ballymore in 1999.

Reds fans still have memories of a full strength side heading to Canberra in 2008 to celebrate John Roe's 100th game for Queensland against a badly depleted Brumbies outfit only to be thrashed 43-11.

The Brumbies continue to struggle with injuries and may also be without Wallaby star Matt Giteau who could face a SANZAR judiciary over his scathing assessment of referee Steve Walsh after his side's 19-12 loss to the Waratahs on Saturday.

It all suggests Queensland won't get a better opportunity to break their Canberra Stadium duck.

"It's a huge game for us, we haven't beaten them in a long time," said Hynes.

"But there's been a big turnaround from the last year and the attitude has been fantastic from day one with a tremendous amount of discipline on and off the field.

"Ewen has done a fantastic job in creating a great environment.

"The Brumbies are very tough down there, but they're not unbeatable if we have the right attitude and play the right style of game.

"We've proved this year we can beat any team on our day and they're no different.

"We're very confident in what we're doing."

The Reds have already exorcised a number of past demons in 2010, something Hynes believes could clear the way for an assault on the semi-finals.

"This year we've got a log of bogies off our back," he said.

"Winning in New Zealand, a couple of wins in Africa."

Hynes, who started as a winger, has excelled at fullback and must be pushing for Wallaby selection.

"If Robbie Deans said to me `do you want to play fullback', I'd put my hand up for it.

"I'm really enjoying playing fullback with guys like Quadie (Quade Cooper) and Will (Chambers) - it gives you heaps of time and space and a lot of freedom.

"I'm pretty happy with how it's going."

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