Rod Davies.
Rod Davies. Kristen Burrows

Rocket on fire

ROD Davies has had his share of problems with injuries this season but a hat-trick of tries for the Queensland Reds on Saturday is a great sweetener.

Davies has always been known for his blistering pace and he put it to use scoring 15 points to help ease the Reds to a 30-13 win over the Blues at Suncorp Stadium.

The former Rockhampton rugby footballer was still on a high when The Morning Bulletin caught up with him in Brisbane yesterday afternoon.

Davies said he was no stranger to scoring three tries in a game.

“I think I got the last one for Fitzroys under-12s,” he joked.

The speedster downplayed his role in the victory that sees the Reds host the 2011 Super 15 grand final against the Crusaders next week.

“It was just one of those games where everything went well,” he said.

“It was good for me as I managed to get outside a couple of players.”

Not only did Davies get round the Blues players, he left them in his wake as he crossed for his three tries.

Seeing Davies flying down the wing was a treat for Queensland supporters as “The Rocket” has had injury problems.

“I still have the knee strapped up heavily,” he said, “but every week it is getting better.”

Not that injury is going to get in the way of the big match with the Crusaders.

“The Crusaders have been the benchmark for the past five or six years,” he said.

This year the Canterbury-based side has been unable to play home matches following the Christchurch earthquake but has worked hard to reach the final and surprised many by beating the Stormers 29-10 in South Africa to make the final.

Davies said he knows just how good the Kiwis are with their list of All Black players but picks one for special mention.

“Dan Carter, he is awesome,” he said.

While the Crusaders have to make the trip to Brisbane from South Africa, the Reds can carry out the build-up from their Brisbane base and Davies hopes it will be as rewarding as what the team enjoyed prior to the Blues game.

“The support has been great, not only in Brisbane but the whole of Queensland,” he said. “Everyone is behind us.”

The fact a contingent of Rockhampton supporters were part of the 45,000 crowd at Suncorp did not go unnoticed by the Reds winger.

“Being from Rocky I know they love their rugby,” he said, “I know it is rugby league heartland but they still love to support the Reds.”

Davies said the Reds playing group will look to be controlled in the build-up to the Crusaders game.

“The guys are pretty young and keep things low-key. Last week you wouldn't have known it was a semi-final,” he said.


Queensland Reds 30 (Rod Davies 3, Ben Tapuai tries Quade Cooper 2 cons pen drop goal) def Blues 13 (Chris Lowrey try Stephen Brett con Luke McAlister 2 pens)

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