Tomorrow marks the final regular round of the 2012 Super Rugby season.
With the Reds vs Waratahs match held at Suncorp Stadium it always holds a lot of rivalry and competition.
The first interstate match between QLD & NSW was held in 1882, which makes it one of the oldest rugby contests in Australia.
So as now better known as the Bob Templeton Cup, in 2011/2012, it was the first time since 2004 that they retained the title thanks to Dom Shipperley’s last gasp try in February at ANZ Stadium, Sydney.
Since the start of professional Super rugby in 1996, 18 matches have been played, Queensland winning 10, New South Wales 7 and one being drawn.
If you’re a diehard fan from eons ago, you’ll always remember the time that Berrick Barnes left the club to go to the Waratahs.
Now if you jumped on board with the Reds only recently, yes Berrick was a Red between 2006 – 2009.
Berrick was the poster boy for the Reds, as Queensland as a slab of XXXX on a rusty ute, and Berrick had a lot of marketability as the down to earth good bloke who could play some good footy with the club.
With his success in the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, he became a household name at the Reds.
Sadly, the Reds were failing as a team, with a shameful wooden spoon in 2007 and an embarrassing 92-3 loss to the Bulls.
In the space of 3 years, they had 3 coaches, the crowd was dwindling and the die hard fans were painstakingly making the choring effort to watch their boys lose week in week out.
Then the 29th of July 2009, changed all of that. Barnes leaves for the arch rivals, the NSW Waratahs.
He was looking for a change and a chance to become a better player and person.
There was an absolute outrage, he got called a traitor, there was some very upset fans and the next day, the CEO resigned, several board members & the coach, Phil Mooney were sacked.
They lost their favourite son, and the QRU made drastic measures to make sure this never happened again.
Ewen McKenzie came on board, the Reds then started to make more positive changes, and 2010 became a turnaround year for the Reds only missing the finals by a minuscule amount.
2011 was a massive year and for every Reds fan, regardless of how long you’ve been supporting them for – IT WAS OUR YEAR.
Defeating the Waratahs at home in April of 2011 was a chance for the Reds to stamp their authority on the title.
The question will be, can they do it tomorrow and give themselves the best chance possible of making the finals and perhaps a back to back championship.