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The St.George Queensland Reds have finished their pre-season with a solid 35-12 win over the Crusaders

Samu Kerevi dives over for the Reds final try ...(image Michael Williams)

The Reds dominated the first half, scoring four tries to take a 28-0 lead into the break, The Crusaders opened the second half scoring the first two tries, however not enough to stop the St George Queensland Reds posting a 35-12 win.



Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Jack Perkins joins Holden Racing Team as enduro co-driver

Holden Racing Team


PICTURED: Perkins says the HRT enduro co-driver role is a dream come true.


Holden has re-ignited its links with the iconic Perkins name, with the brand’s official factory racing team announcing Jack Perkins today as co-driver to 2010 V8 Supercars Champion James Courtney for this year’s PIRTEK Endurance Cup.

Perkins, son of Holden legend Larry, joins the Holden Racing Team in its milestone 25th year fresh from a full-time drive – and brings plenty of experience to the table, including 58 event starts, nine at Australia’s Great Race, the Bathurst 1000. 

Holden Racing Team Managing Director, Adrian Burgess said he was excited to pair Perkins with Courtney for the important enduro rounds. 

“It’s great to bring Jack Perkins into the HRT family. He’s fresh from a full-time drive, and comes with solid Bathurst experience – two key ingredients in being able to jump in and be competitive straight away,” Burgess said.

“We’re looking forward to putting him together with James, and know that they will make a formidable pairing for Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast.”

Perkins says the HRT enduro co-driver role is a dream come true.

“Like so many Australian kids, I grew up dreaming of racing for Holden’s official factory racing team, so it’s a fantastic feeling to join HRT,” Perkins said.

“It’s also great to be back with Holden. It’s home for my family and I, so I cannot wait to get started and help the lion to roar throughout 2015.

“I couldn’t be happier to pair with James Courtney, who is the only driver to have won a championship during Jamie Whincup’s period of supremacy. 

“I’m going to put my best foot forward for James and HRT’s ambitions, and we’ll also do our best to reclaim Bathurst’s Peter Brock trophy as well.

Perkins got his start in racing via seven years of karting, and progressed to cars in 2005, competing in the Australian Formula Ford championship. 

He moved up to the V8 Development Series with Perkins Engineering in 2006, with his first full-time main game drive the following season.

Since then, Perkins has notched up 124 race starts in V8 Supercars, with eight top-10 places and a best finish of fifth (2010, Phillip Island).

Perkins will have his first taste of the #22 HRT VF Commodore at this weekend’s V8 SuperTest, held at Sydney Motorsport Park from February 7-8.



Caslick: We must focus on our own game

By ARU Media Unit

Charlotte Caslick will win her 8th World Series cap in Sao Paulo

Qantas Australian Women's Sevens half-back Charlotte Caslick has fond memories of 12 months ago - but 2015 is all about creating new memories for the 19-year-old Queenslander.

Tim Walsh's side swept all before them at the Sao Paulo Sevens in 2014 but currently sit second on this season's Sevens World Series standings after a heartbreaking last minute defeat to Trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand in the Cup Final in Dubai in December.

"We have some great memories from Brazil last year but our loss in the Cup Final against New Zealand in Dubai has made us even more driven and determined to succeed. We're in great spirits, we've been working hard and we can't wait to get over there," said Caslick.

"I think we're playing our best footy this year and we're getting better with each passing tournament. We're just focussing on being better individually and improving as a team.

"We've been working on a lot of decision-making and looking at different scenarios under pressure which is perhaps where we fell down a bit in the Cup Final in Dubai. Hopefully we can play for the whole 20 minutes next time should we be lucky enough to reach the Final."

With Finals' Day from Brazil being broadcast live on FOX SPORTS, Caslick has identified three players that fans new to watching Rugby Sevens should look out for.

"Sharni Williams our captain is in amazing form at the moment while Alicia Quirk was awesome winning the Player of the Tournament in Dubai. Chez [Emilee Cherry] is coming back after a few weeks and she'll be ready to go. Everyone in the camp is fit and raring to go and we'll be going out there all guns blazing."

And on the group that Australia has drawn at the Arena Barueri?

"Fiji are a massive dark horse. If they're on, they're on. Brazil, meanwhile, will have the support of the local crowd and even China are a side that stick to their team structures. We just need to focus on our own game first and foremost."

2014/15 World Rugby Women's Sevens World Series from Sao Paulo, Brazil

Day One on 8 February- streamed via from midnight
Australia v Brazil, Pool B, 12.22am (AEDT), 8 February
Australia v China, Pool B, 2.44am (AEDT), 8 February
Australia v Fiji, Pool B, 5.28am (AEDT), 8 February

Day Two on 9 February - broadcast on and FOX SPORTS 1 to broadcast the Women's competition from 5.00am.