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Eales to miss another week

Queensland will have to make do without Wallaby skipper John Eales for another week after failing to fully recover from an Achilles tendon injury in time for Friday night's Super 12 clash with defending champs the Crusaders in Christchurch.

It will be the third successive match Eales has missed with the injury but he is hopeful of being ready to face the ACT Brumbies at Ballymore the following week.

"It's one of those things that is a week by week proposition," a frustrated Eales said.

The Reds have made one change to the starting line up pipped at the post by Auckland in their last start with winger Damian Smith returning from a knee injury at the expense of Nathan Williams.

On the reserves bench, flanker Scott Fava comes in for Mike Mitchell.

After snatching defeat from the jaws of victory in their last two games in New Zealand, Queensland coach Mark McBain has criticised his team for being too conservative.

McBain blames the loss to Auckland and the previous defeat against the Waikato Chiefs on the Reds trying to sit back and protect their lead.

He wants the Reds to be more ruthless and committed to attacking rugby against the Crusaders.

"We had our chances and led against both the Chiefs and Auckland but didn't put them away," McBain said.

"The side is eager to abandon last year's conservative approach and has embraced our commitment to attacking football.

"It's working well. The wingers are scoring tries but at the moment the players are going back to their old, conservative ways when they establish a lead."

Queensland: Nick Stiles, Michael Foley, Fletcher Dyson, Mark Connors, Nathan Sharpe, Matt Cockbain, David Croft, Toutai Kefu, Jacob Rauluni, Elton Flatley, Damian Smith, Steve Kefu, Daniel Herbert (captain), Ben Tune, Chris Latham. Reserves: Ben Wakely, Nathan Spooner, Nathan Williams, Scott Fava, John Roe, Glenn Panoho, Sean Hardman.