Sport

Reds' Daley aims to start season wearing coveted jersey

The Queenland Reds’ Ben Daley describes his 2012 season as disappointing and has vowed to make amends.
The Queenland Reds’ Ben Daley describes his 2012 season as disappointing and has vowed to make amends. GALLO IMAGESGETTY IMAGES

WITH the slate having been wiped clean, Reds front-rower Ben Daley does not shy away when asked what he wants from 2013 - his No.1 jersey back.

Rewind 12 months and Daley was riding the crest of the wave of the Reds' Super Rugby championship win in 2011, established as the team's first-pick loosehead prop.

By the close of the 2012 season, however, he had been eclipsed by Greg Holmes.

While Daley brought up his 50th Reds appearance in the last game of the regular season, bringing some cause for celebration last year, he did so from the bench.

Asked about his personal aspirations for the season ahead, his sentiments echo the high standards the Reds have set for themselves.

He describes the side's semi-final exit against the Sharks last year as "disappointing", the same word he uses in reference to his season.

For Daley, the Reds' trial game against the Chiefs at Stockland Sunshine Coast Stadium early next month could be key in his battle to wrest back a starting spot.

"You feel the competition for places," he told the Daily when asked about the pre-season.

"It's a new season and the slate's wiped clean - no matter what's happened the previous years.

"All the guys are an equal chance and that's what (coach) Ewen's (McKenzie) instilled in the squad and that's why we've been successful the last few years.

"During pre-season, training becomes intense. For me personally, last year was pretty disappointing with injury and things like that.

"I couldn't get any momentum going. I dislocated my AC joint and tore my hamstring and tore ligaments in my thumb.

"All those things conspired for me to lose my momentum.

"So obviously I'll be looking to give it a good crack and make that starting side."

Daley will have to bounce back quickly, however, having strained a calf muscle at training yesterday.

 

>> GAME DAY

REDS v CHIEFS

Friday, February 8,

Stockland Sunshine Coast

Stadium, 7pm

Tickets: Ticketek.com.au

Topics:  queensland reds, rugby union




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Jets back in the hunt

LIFT-OFF: Former PNG Kumuls representative Richard Pandia runs rampant over the PNG Hunters with a two-try haul, as the Ipswich Jets record their biggest win of the season with a 30-12 victory at North Ipswich Reserve.

Defending premiers give Pandia’s mum a special birthday

Captain Condie back in business

Ipswich City Bulls captain Zygan Condie.

Knights salvage draw in BPL tussle

Maroons Origin combos remains streets ahead of Blues

JUGGERNAUT: NSW are up against a Queensland squad that is so used to winning it has become a habit.

The Maroons are so used to winning it has become a habit

Latest deals and offers

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked