Kerevi has faith in young Reds

Murray Wenzel

Samu Kerevi will lead a Queensland Reds side short on experience into Saturday's Super Rugby clash with the Lions but is adamant they aren't lambs to the slaughter.

The hosts have included 11 players aged 21 or under for the Suncorp Stadium clash against last year's Super Rugby grand finalists, with teenagers Jordan Petaia and Hamish Stewart in run-on debuts.

But the stand-in captain says he trusts their defence and is confident of snapping a four-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon.