Barnes is Red hot
New Queensland coach Phil Mooney believes Berrick Barnes' performance in the 2008 Super 14 could be crucial to a successful campaign.
Last Updated: 30/10/07 2:02pm
New Reds coach Phil Mooney believes Berrick Barnes's performance in the 2008 Super 14 could be crucial to the Reds success in the campaign.
Mooney explained that while the 21-year-old fly-half had made a meteoric rise during the World Cup, the real test for Barnes would be to lift the Reds to new heights in the Super 14.
Mooney believes this pressure will be compounded by the fact that opposition teams would target him.
"He [Barnes] did tremendously well at the World Cup. When he comes back I'm sure he will be aware now that there will be more of a spotlight on him," Mooney told the AAP.
"Now he has done well on the world stage other teams will pay more attention to him," Mooney said.
In the same breath the confident Reds coach said that Barnes had also shown he was more than capable of handling the pressure well at the highest level.
"But he's the sort of player who works hard on his game," added Mooney.
"I think you will see a more confident Berrick Barnes in 2008 and as a result a slightly more complete and composed player.
It is believed that Barnes and new midfield recruits Morgan Turinui and Chris Siale will be the key to the Reds' performance during the Super 14 campaign.
"He's a talented player. He'll be a very good player for us," said Mooney.