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Lane to play it again

HUMPHREY Bogart is famous for saying 'play it again, Sam' in the 1942 movie Casablanca. Queensland Reds coach Ewen McKenzie has said it now.

McKenzie has retained young playmaker Sam Lane at flyhalf for tonight's Super Rugby showdown against the South African conference leaders, the Stormers, at Suncorp Stadium.

Centre Mike Harris also returns from a hamstring injury to earn selection at inside centre while backrower Radike Samo has been thrust into the starting lineup at number eight.

Lane made a huge impact in his Queensland and Super Rugby debut against the Brumbies a fortnight ago and will play inside Harris, whose inclusion means Ben Tapuai reverts back to the number 13 jersey.

On the bench Ben Lucas and Jake Schatz have also overcome injuries to gain selection in the matchday 22.

"Sam (Lane) did an admirable job in completing everything we asked of him against the Brumbies and we have always been about rewarding performance," McKenzie said.

"He produced under difficult circumstances and on short notice in our last match so we're excited to see what he can produce against his former province.

"The Stormers like to physically impose themselves on matches so we're matching fire with fire with our selection."


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