Columnist rates Holmes great chance for Wallabies
OPINION by Alastair Costello
The Reds played host to the Japanese Sunwolves’ first game on Australian soil as nearly 20000 fans enjoyed an entertaining rugby spectacle.
It was rugby’s Sushi Saturday and wasn’t it good to see the game played in bright sunshine.
Having a Japanese team in Super Rugby has been a huge leap forward. The Sunwolves may only have one win but they play an entertaining, high-tempo style of rugby.
The Japanese game certainly has momentum after the Brave Blossoms pulled off the upset of last year’s World Cup, beating South Africa in the group stage.
Crowd numbers have been brilliant for the sides’ home games in Tokyo and Singapore. They can only get better and should continue to entertain punters wherever they go.
As for the Reds, it was a pretty solid performance. Curtis Browning had another beast of a game, scoring two tries in their 35-25 victory.
Now I’m contractually obliged to mention Allora spud-potato farmer and Reds prop Greg Holmes.
He again showed that he’s one of the best scrummages in Australian rugby, combining with captain James Slipper and lively hooker Andrew Ready to dominate the Sunwolves at scrum-time.
Expect Holmes to start at tighthead-prop for the Wallabies and Slipper to make the bench.
Meanwhile Samu Kerevi’s strong return performance means he is a certain starter in the centres alongside Tevita Kuridrani.
The Reds have a bye this weekend which will give the likely Wallaby squad members plenty of rest before a gruelling battle against the English.