Coridas forced to play the waiting game
NOBODY will be cheering for the Queensland Reds louder than former Wollongbar-Alstonville Pioneers flanker Ben Coridas when they play the Blues in their Super Rugby semi-final at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
The 23-year-old broke into the Reds' run-on squad earlier this month in a home game against the ACT Brumbies and went on to finish the final two games of the regular season on the bench.
“You have to play at least four games to qualify for finals, so I just missed out,” Coridas told The Northern Star yesterday.
“I'm a chance of playing again if one of the open side flankers gets injured.
“The boys have trained hard all season and won't hold anything back on Saturday.”
Beau Robinson, the flanker Coridas replaced to earn his start, is expected to return from an elbow injury and be named at open side flanker when coach Ewen McKenzie officially announces his team tomorrow morning.
Centre Anthony Faingaa and livewire winger Digby Ioane are also likely to start.
Coridas expects five-eighth Quade Cooper to provide the X-factor and spark the backline.
“Quade is always confident and can provide a freakish play when the pressure is on,” he said.
“We have the big game players and our scrum and lineout work has been sharp this week.”
Coridas has been busy back in the Queensland Premier Rugby Union competition playing for GPS.
“We're coming fourth and I scored my first try since 2009 on the weekend,” he said.
“I'm contracted with the Reds until the end of the year, so I want to finish off the season well with GPS.
“I'll have to weigh up my options, but the plan is to get another Academy contract with the Reds.
“This will be the first off-season since 2006 where I won't have to have a major surgery which is another bonus.”