WHAT DO YOU RECKON?
I reckon Queensland Reds supporters should get along to the Global Tens at Suncorp Stadium on February 9-10 if they want a preview of how their side is going to perform this season. Anyone who thinks this tournament is just a bit of pre-season fun obviously doesn’t know Brad Thorn. When it comes to football Brad doesn’t do fun. In fact, his favourite word when it comes to rugby is ‘war’. Ok, I admit that might be taking it a bit far, but who is going to tell that to Brad Thorn? Either way, I can’t see him taking it anything but seriously. After the steady downslide the Reds have suffered since winning the Super 12 in 2011, Brad has a huge job on his hands to restore pride and credibility. Having seen first-hand the way he turned around the Queensland Country side last season – taking them from wooden-spooners to national champions – I have no doubts that he can do the business at the Reds, but it won’t be easy. He has retained faith with many of the youngsters who did the right thing by him in the NRC and is currently melding them together with the experienced old-heads like Scott Higginbotham, James Slipper and George Smith, but there’s not a minute to waste. Brad showed he means business when he sacked Quade Cooper and I reckon we’ll see even more of his intent when the Reds take on some of the best from New Zealand, Fiji and France at the Global Tens. What do YOU reckon?