Reds' boss relishing new Trans-Tasman challenge

Sports | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 14 May 2021

Coach Brad Thorn insists his Queensland Reds can be competitive against New Zealand sides despite bookmakers all-but writing off the chances of Australian teams when the new Super Rugby Trans-Tasman tournament kicks off today.

The Reds enjoyed an incredible domestic Super Rugby AU season, losing just one from eight before a 19-16 win against the ACT Brumbies in the final.

But they must step up to another level in the 10-team tournament, which pits five Australian and five New Zealand clubs against each other over five weekends before a final on June 19.

"Styles make fights, they say in boxing, and ours goes well with theirs," Thorn said ahead of the Reds' opener against the Otago Highlanders in Dunedin today.

"Learning how to win has been great but we've always been competitive with the New Zealand styles."

Favorites Canterbury Crusaders begin at home in Christchurch tomorrow against the Brumbies.

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