Genia the danger man for AllBlacks

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James Mortimer     17 Aug 2012     Getty Images

Not only did Genia have a significant say when the Reds downed the Crusaders to win their maiden Investec Super Rugby championship, but he was a big influence when the Wallabies defeated the All Blacks in Brisbane last year.

While the tenacious halfback will be the first to admit he started the season slowly, corresponding with less than ideal form for the Reds, late season the Papua New Guinea born livewire has reproduced his best form.

Not only did the Reds win their last six to claim the Australian Conference, thanks to some final match fireworks from the Blues, but Genia was one of the principal masterminds behind the Wallabies 3-0 win over Wales.

All Blacks halfback Piri Weepu, who was able to get on top of Genia in the World Cup semi-final, said that closing down his rival was one of the keys to winning this weekend.

"Obviously, he's a big threat for them,” he said.

“We'll be definitely trying to shut him down. We'll try not to let him play his usual game, which is poking his head around the corner and drawing defenders to put guys into holes.

"We saw that last year in Brisbane when he made a couple of crucial plays and kept them in the game. We've just got to make sure that we stay on top of that and we've got our guys in the right position."