Queensland Reds flanker Eddie Quirk says the club’s united and experienced squad knows what they need to do to turn around their Super Rugby season.
The Queensland Reds will draw on their 2012 heroics as the catalyst to reviving their Super Rugby campaign.
The Reds head over to New Zealand for this weekend’s clash with the Hurricanes knowing time is running out for them to make a finals charge.
Defeats in four of their past five games, including back-to-back losses at home to the Western Force and Brumbies, have left the Reds in 12th on the Super Rugby ladder.
They are far from out of the finals hunt, however, with the sixth-placed Crusaders just six points ahead of them.
Even hauling in the Australian-conference leading Brumbies to secure an unlikely home final isn’t totally out of the question.
For inspiration the team needs to look no further than their remarkable finish to the 2012 season.
Languishing in 10th position after nine rounds, the Reds charged home, winning seven from eight to steal top spot in the Australian conference from the Brumbies in the final round.
Flanker Eddie Quirk is one of several Reds players still in the team who took part in that remarkable revival two years ago.
He says the experience and unity of the Reds squad will be a key to getting the team back on track.
“We know what we have to do and we’re a tight team,” Quirk said.
“We’ve been in these spots before, which is a good thing. We’ve had the same group year-in, year-out so we know when we come to these times what we’ve got to do.
“We know that we’re a good team and we are top of the table contenders. We know we can get up there.”