Queensland Reds send injured skipper home


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    Skipper James Slipper will return home from Queensland’s tour of South Africa and Argentina after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon in the Reds’ disastrous Super Rugby loss to the Lions in Johannesburg.

    Star playmaker Quade Cooper could also miss next Sunday’s clash with the Jaguares in Buenos Aires after being sent off in the 44-14 defeat at Ellis Park.

    Cooper will front a SANZAAR judiciary hearing to answer a dangerous tackle charge after catching Lions centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg high in the 49th minute.

    The Reds can ill-afford to suffer any more setbacks after sending an SOS to replacement prop Phil Kite as cover for Slipper and also watching powerhouse centre Samu Kerevi hobble around with a knee injury.

    “It’s obviously really disappointing for James to suffer such a serious injury this early in the season,” said Reds coach Nick Stiles.

    “We’ll miss his contributions on the field but, knowing the sort of bloke he is, he’ll still be heavily involved from the sidelines.

    “We’re fortunate that we’ve got Stephen Moore in the side, who is the current Wallabies skipper. He will take over the captaincy in Slipper’s absence.”

    After losing Slipper in the first half, then having winger Eto Nabuli shown a yellow card for cynical play in the 45th minute, the Reds were in total disarray – down to 13 men – when Cooper received his straight red.

    Reds winger Izaia Perese escaped sanction for a possible tip tackle in the same passage of play, quite likely saved by Cooper’s more serious infringement.

    Leading 15-0 at the interval, the Lions piled on further tries to hooker Malcolm Marx and a second-half treble to winger Courtnall Skosan – the second a brilliant individual effort – to underline the 2016 finalists’ comprehensive bonus-point win.

    Duncan Paia’aua scored for the Reds in the 69th minute after a clever offload from fullback Karmichael Hunt, and replacement prop Taniela Tupou also bagged a consolation five-pointer in the final minutes from close range.

    “We were pretty much humbled tonight,” Slipper said.

    “Credit has to go to the Lions; they’re a physical team who can score points.

    “Our discipline has to be one of (the lessons to take from the game). When you have a couple of cards, and then our set piece wasn’t really functioning, it’s hard to win games under that sort of pressure.

    “I said before the game that if we play our game and play it well, we’ll be competitive, and we didn’t do that at all.”

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    • March 19th 2017 @ 8:26pm
      Rhys Bosley said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:26pm | ! Report

      I guess this answers the question about whether or not recruiting Moore was a good idea, having the Wallaby captain as backup when your skipper gets injured is pretty handy.

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        March 19th 2017 @ 10:20pm
        Dave_S said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:20pm | ! Report

        Yeah better than a rookie I guess but is he that good as the WB captain? And he doesn’t play 80min.

        • March 19th 2017 @ 10:28pm
          Rhys Bosley said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:28pm | ! Report

          He played 80 minutes or close to it on a number of occasions last year, the reason he was subbed was that they wanted to use TPN as an impact player. It shouldn’t be an issue if Hooper was able to be relied on to make decent decisions as vice captain, like he should be able to after 65 caps.

          • March 19th 2017 @ 11:24pm
            riddler said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:24pm | ! Report

            what has hooper to do with it.. childish snipe..

            hold others to the same charge rhys.. will make your bias less obvious..

            • March 19th 2017 @ 11:57pm
              Rhys Bosley said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:57pm | ! Report

              What Hooper has to do with it is that as vice captain he acts as captain when Moore is subbed off or injured and still makes poor decisions. If he was better at his job we wouldn’t need to worry about Moore going off after 60, like a front rower should.

              • March 20th 2017 @ 6:58am
                Daveski said | March 20th 2017 @ 6:58am | ! Report

                Seriously Rhys, the fact that Moore is only fit/young/mobile enough to play 55-60minutes is only a problem because Michael Hooper is the vc?!? I’ve heard it all now!

              • March 20th 2017 @ 11:22am
                Cynical Play said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:22am | ! Report

                You cannot be taken seriously on the subject of Hooper. It is am unjustifiable view you have and once again you look for any opportunity to inject it. Hooper is the one bright spark in the long Waratahs night.

            • March 20th 2017 @ 11:34am
              Paul said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:34am | ! Report

              Hooper played his usual wide running game well clear of the ruck , but whenever I did see him near a breakdown , Brumbies 7 Faksolaea was rag dolling him …

        • March 19th 2017 @ 11:05pm
          Bakkies said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:05pm | ! Report

          He was subbed a lot for the Brumbies last year

          • March 19th 2017 @ 11:25pm
            riddler said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:25pm | ! Report

            why was moore bought in early yesterday.. was there an injury to ready? or was ready not good enough?

            • March 20th 2017 @ 12:45am
              Bakkies said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:45am | ! Report

              Didn’t see the match due to the 6 Nations

              • March 20th 2017 @ 6:09am
                riddler said | March 20th 2017 @ 6:09am | ! Report

                me neither bakkies.. prefer the six nations to the super even if my team plays..

                but there are definitely some people here who did watch it and have been banging on endlessly for ready..

                i dont know if he was subbed tactically or was injured..

              • March 20th 2017 @ 2:04pm
                Bakkies said | March 20th 2017 @ 2:04pm | ! Report

                When the match is up during the week I will have a look at it

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              March 20th 2017 @ 1:55pm
              Hoges5 said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:55pm | ! Report

              Was a curious replacement, although I think it had more to do with the perception that they needed more experience in the front row. Slipper had gone and Vanzati had been dished up in the scrum (he got better eventually). The other prob is young too…and the Wallaby locks were being bullied in the lineout, so hooker gets blamed.

              Was tough to watch as Reds would apply pressure, but let it go again. Lions look like the Grand Finalists of last year!

    • March 19th 2017 @ 11:09pm
      Ray said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:09pm | ! Report

      Having watched a totally inept performance by the Tahs, then to face the Reds going down to the lions by 44 points to14 you could say the ARU are haemorrhaging. In reality, Australian Rugby is now bordering on terminal.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 12:23am
        Lincoln Lense said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:23am | ! Report

        I know what you mean Ray.
        Personally I hope they go down in flames which will force me to pick out of AFL & League
        Rugby Union has become farcical now. Between Pulver and his Waratah grandstanders and the ANC-influenced SAFRU I hope the Kiwi’s end up joining the 6 nations and that’s all she wrote

      • March 20th 2017 @ 10:23am
        Cynical Play said | March 20th 2017 @ 10:23am | ! Report

        Agree. Each week i think it cannot possibly get any worse…then… almost unwatchable.

        There are no positives. Oz rugby is on the ropes.

        The Tahs were pathetic. Reds were diabolical. Cooper’s reflex high shot was dumb. He threw some good balls, but he always goes back to “dumb” and once again – cost his team dearly.

        • March 20th 2017 @ 11:36am
          Paul said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:36am | ! Report

          Brumbies were good..

          • March 20th 2017 @ 4:42pm
            RubberLegs said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:42pm | ! Report

            One of them anyway.

    • March 20th 2017 @ 11:28am
      Adsa said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:28am | ! Report

      A ruptured achilles will put Slipper out for the whole year I guess?

      • March 20th 2017 @ 11:35am
        Paul said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:35am | ! Report

        I`d say so..It`s usually a 12 month injury

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          March 20th 2017 @ 4:53pm
          piru said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

          It’s possible for a high end athlete to recover within 6 months these days, but seems to be less likely the bigger and stronger the person.

    • March 20th 2017 @ 11:42am
      Marto said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:42am | ! Report

      Cooper cuddled him high with no exaggerated swinging arm… Rubbish call… Yellow at best…Game has definatley gotten softer with this new rule interpration.. So many red cards and yellow cards throughout the whole super 18 season already, and every player on the receiving end of the penalty carried on un injured…

      Some great actors out there…

      • March 20th 2017 @ 4:00pm
        Brizvegas said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:00pm | ! Report

        Agree Marto there are some people imitating professional rugby players

      • March 20th 2017 @ 4:40pm
        RubberLegs said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:40pm | ! Report

        Agreed. Even the one-eyed South African commentators said yellow.

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          March 20th 2017 @ 4:45pm
          biltongbek said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:45pm | ! Report

          Then they’re not as one eyed as you want everyone to believe, eh?

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          March 20th 2017 @ 10:23pm
          Dave_S said | March 20th 2017 @ 10:23pm | ! Report

          And every study of ex football players points to extremely high level of long term brain damage. If this was happening in the building industry or the military there would be a royal commission into it. Get with it you geniuses.

      • March 21st 2017 @ 2:18pm
        Wallaby fan said | March 21st 2017 @ 2:18pm | ! Report

        Cooper received plenty of cards before the law change for the same offense.
        How long will the excuses go on for?

    • March 20th 2017 @ 6:11pm
      Jock Cornet said | March 20th 2017 @ 6:11pm | ! Report

      I hope slipper and qc have ended their international careers. They are the worst two wallabies it don the jumper. Absolutely disgraceful. No tikkka

      • March 20th 2017 @ 11:25pm
        Lincoln Lense said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:25pm | ! Report

        Jock, I won’t disagree with you that those two players mentioned never reached the heights we thought they would and you could even describe their international careers as disappointing…..but….to say they’re the worst two… have you not seen Dean Mumm ???

    • March 21st 2017 @ 1:16am
      Jock Cornet said | March 21st 2017 @ 1:16am | ! Report

      The two worst wallabies to don the gold. Bloody terrible

      • March 21st 2017 @ 12:32pm
        FARMER said | March 21st 2017 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

        Jock is a Kiwi living in Austalia who hates the Reds..I`m sure Simmons Higgers Genia Horwill Ioane Kerevi Gill etc etc are on his list as worst ever Wallabies as well..

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