WATCH: Quade Cooper shown red card for swinging arm in Queensland’s big loss

Roar TV Roar Guru

112 Have your say

    The Queensland Reds’ Super Rugby clash with the Lions in Johannesburg went from bad to worse, when in the second half, star player Quade Cooper was sent off for a high tackle on Rohan Janse van Rensburg.

    Having been kept scoreless in the first half, Cooper’s tackle strayed too high on Rensburg, with his swinging arm catching the Lions’ centre in the head.

    After viewing several replays, the referee deemed it necessary to send Cooper from the field for the rest of the match.

    Despite being a man down, the Reds did go on to show some fight, but the task proved too much for the away side, as the Lions cruised to a 44-14 win.

    Roar TV
    Roar TV

    Watch more sports videos at The Roar TV.

    Download the app NOW to make sure you never miss a must-see sporting moment.

    The Roar TV ? it's your sports video.

    This video is trending right now! Submit your videos for the chance to win a share of $10,000!

    Have Your Say

    If not logged in, please enter your name and email before submitting your comment. Please review our comments policy before posting on the Roar.

    Oldest | Newest | Most Recent

    The Crowd Says (112)

    • March 19th 2017 @ 5:51pm
      Pandanus said | March 19th 2017 @ 5:51pm | ! Report

      Well, that’s the risk you take when you run at Quade Cooper. Hope his head is OK.

    • March 19th 2017 @ 5:54pm
      Rhys Bosley said | March 19th 2017 @ 5:54pm | ! Report

      I must say that I am disappointed that Quade hasn’t sorted out this high tackle issue, he made one last week against the Crusaders and has been yellow carded for them before. I hope he uses the time for whatever suspension he gets to sort out his tackling technique, bending his knees when he knows he is going to have to make a tackle would be a good start.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 11:33am
        Old Bugger said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:33am | ! Report


        Surely you jest?? Just when, has QC ever made a tackle??? If he does that, then things might change and he might, just learn something. But, he’ll always be a leopard and simply, nothing will change that.

        • March 20th 2017 @ 11:47am
          Marto said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:47am | ! Report

          Ole Bugger..

          Now that confirms it… Do you know the meaning of your surname?? . .

          Go on find out, type with your three thumbs and stick your tongue out….

          • March 20th 2017 @ 4:18pm
            Old Bugger said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

            Ole Marto

            I’ll stick my tongue out at you all the time if, it gets your knickers in a twist.

            Btw, the day I see QC running in to tackle instead of, running out to be the sweeper, is the day the leopard’s spots, have changed – and that my friend is “the day, when hell freezes over….”

            What a laugh….QC making a tackle!!

    • Roar Rookie

      March 19th 2017 @ 6:24pm
      Dave_S said | March 19th 2017 @ 6:24pm | ! Report

      Rhys I say this as a Quade fan, but I fear it’s well past the time for him to change his style. I’m sure you know he has for his whole career been an arms-first tackler, rarely employing his shoulders, and I suspect there is some deep seated psychology involved.

      Given the new rules he is at risk of being carded pretty much every time he runs on. Another one and the WB jersey may be too much to risk on him.

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

        I can see how people would draw that conclusion Dave, but given how much work he has clearly put in to improve other aspects of his game I have to disagree. I hope that this is the event which finally makes him realise that unless he sorts out this issue, he is going to blow the chance at winning back the Wallaby 10 that he so desperately wants. I’m picking that he will get four weeks for this, like Luatua did, which means that he will come back with seven games to prove that he has sorted the problem out before the test season starts.

        I just think it is a bloody shame for him and his teammates that one silly mistake like this has probably blown the season for the Reds. They will have gone from three from four realistically winnable games in the next month to perhaps one, they aren’t likely to beat the Brumbies to the top of the Aussie conference now.

        • Roar Guru

          March 19th 2017 @ 11:20pm
          biltongbek said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:20pm | ! Report

          I think Dave has a point. If there is some psychological reason for the manner in which Cooper has defended for pretty much his whole career and he hasn’t been able to shake that off yet, it is unlikely any amount lf “work” on technique will change that.

          Some people are just “careful” not to get injured when tackling.

          • March 19th 2017 @ 11:26pm
            riddler said | March 19th 2017 @ 11:26pm | ! Report

            bb.. spot on..

          • March 20th 2017 @ 5:32am
            Rhys Bosley said | March 20th 2017 @ 5:32am | ! Report

            Well the simple fact is that Queensland and Australian fans has better hope that he can learn from the mistake. There is definitely no 10 within cooee of him Queensland and even if people think Foley is better for the Wallabies (I don’t), we don’t have the national depth at ten to give up on Cooper. We may as well support him because complaining about him isn’t going to change the fact that he is going to be around for another couple of years yet.

            • March 20th 2017 @ 6:23am
              riddler said | March 20th 2017 @ 6:23am | ! Report

              how old is cooper.. how many coaches has he had? none have been able to change his technique.. not one..

              personally looking forward to stiles trying a tuttle/jake 9/10 combo over the next few games.. not sure he will though..

              the irish 9 who played yesterday as a replacement for murray.. is far better than anything our established 9’s are showing..

              time for the powells/tuttles and the tahs 9 who came on late to get some game time and see if they have it.. if not we will just keep treading water..

              ps as for the complaining comment.. it is no such thing.. it is stating facts.. reality sadly seems to be a personal bias for some..

              • March 20th 2017 @ 9:10am
                Rhys Bosley said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:10am | ! Report

                You don’t know what effort has actually been made with his tackling techniques. He has stopped the stupid predictable offloads only in the last year, that was obviously the result of effort so the same should be able to be done with tackling.?

                McIntyre is not up to it, his kicking game in particular is woeful which has nothing to do with the halfback. The coaches are training these guys every day, they know more about their capabilities than any web poster.

            • March 20th 2017 @ 9:28am
              Harry said | March 20th 2017 @ 9:28am | ! Report

              I admire your passion Rhys and Quade will always be one of my favourite players for 2010 and 2011 but the reality is he is a busted flush … It gives me no pleasure at all to conclude that but he clearly is not up to playing test football and has serious weaknesses at super rugby. He is playing very tentatively and to my mind is (understandably) concerned about doing an injury to either his shoulders or his knees. There is no taking it to the line or speed, and his habit of turning sideways and crabbing before passing is getting worse.
              I agree alternatives are woefully thin on the ground. Foley is limited, Beale’s best position is not 10, Gits is definitely past it in 2017 and the cupboard locally is pretty bare – depressingly the two best Australian teams flyhalfs on the weekend were kiwi rejects.
              There are some good prospects but they are a long way off – McIntyre, Mack Mason, the youngest Lucas come to mind.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 11:50am
        Marto said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:50am | ! Report

        It`s a risk worth taking if the mediocre one dimensional non tackling no passing no kicking game Foley is next in line at 10 …

    • March 19th 2017 @ 6:31pm
      RubberLegs said | March 19th 2017 @ 6:31pm | ! Report

      He may have been shaken up by the reckless knee to the head he received from de Klerk in he first half. Quade executed some excellent tackles during the game. There is no point in going low when the opponent is diving over the line.

      • March 19th 2017 @ 8:11pm
        Rhys Bosley said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:11pm | ! Report

        It isn’t a matter of going low, he didn’t even attempt to lower his body height to hit the bloke in the chest. If he didn’t want to tackle him because of the weight difference then he just should have let him by.

      • Roar Guru

        March 19th 2017 @ 8:22pm
        taylorman said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:22pm | ! Report

        Yes I mentioned on the blog he made a good spot tackle earlier, something he tries a lot of near his own goal line, but when those arms go out he’s just not thinking, it’s instinctive, then too late.

        • March 19th 2017 @ 8:54pm
          Rhys Bosley said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:54pm | ! Report

          Part of the problem is that Cooper is not built to stop a bloke the size of Van Rensburg, he is about the same weight as Matt Toomua but stretched out over another three inches so less robust. After all the crap he copped over his defence in 2011 (especially from Dingo Deans) he said on radio that he had hit the gym to bulk up a bit and he has been willing to put his body on the line, but has broken shoulders on a couple of occasions … one was against Samu Kerevi in training and the other was a Rebels prop.

          Stiles should just tell him that if he is in that situation facing down a much bigger player, just let it go through to the keeper. He was never going to stop Van Rensburg so what is the point in either copping a card or an injury? He would no doubt cop grief for failing to tackle from the haters, but there comes a time when you just need to ignore that and do what is going to get you the wins.

          • Roar Rookie

            March 19th 2017 @ 9:59pm
            Dave_S said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:59pm | ! Report

            Rhys I agree his build makes it difficult to make dominant tackles (I was a beanpole myself) but he’s still a chance to dislodge the ball – has to at least try to get a shot in for that.

            • March 19th 2017 @ 10:30pm
              Rhys Bosley said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:30pm | ! Report

              Yeah, that would be the obvious thing for him to school up on while he is off.

      • Roar Rookie

        March 19th 2017 @ 9:51pm
        Shane D said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:51pm | ! Report

        No point in delivering a shot to the head either rubber.

        • March 20th 2017 @ 11:17am
          Maroon Kev said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:17am | ! Report

          Yeah I aint complaining about getting a card really. Clearly got him on the scone.

          But this one is a Red, others are a yellow, Kerevi cops one the same and not even a penalty!!!!

          Red is harsh when you are completing missing some just as bad!!!

    • Roar Rookie

      March 19th 2017 @ 6:50pm
      Dave_S said | March 19th 2017 @ 6:50pm | ! Report

      RL the knee is no excuse, if he was seriously affected by it he should not have stayed on the field. Understand your point about tackling near the line but this was not even close to a legal tackle – direct and forceful contact to the head, it’s a red card every time these days.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 11:18am
        Maroon Kev said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:18am | ! Report

        If old mate doesn’t duck into contact is it legal?!!!

        I’m not saying that makes a difference, but if you line a bloke up to try and make a big try stopper and he drops his height you’re gonna end up looking bad!!! Better than letting him just waltz over!

    • March 19th 2017 @ 7:19pm
      Jock Cornet said | March 19th 2017 @ 7:19pm | ! Report

      How many cards. He can’t tackle, he is scared and I’ll disciplined we keep hearing from reds he is the best 5/8 but he never delivers and the reds continue to get thrashed . You can’t blame Cheika . He is too old to improve.

      • Roar Guru

        March 19th 2017 @ 7:24pm
        taylorman said | March 19th 2017 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

        Yeah but you can’t say things like that. The Quade brigade will come knocking.?

        • March 19th 2017 @ 8:45pm
          soapit said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:45pm | ! Report

          very helpful in for the discussion tman.

          • Roar Guru

            March 20th 2017 @ 3:33am
            taylorman said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:33am | ! Report

            Really? When I made positive comments about Quades progress this season, I was jumped on by the Quade brigade who’s ONLY comments were ‘every time his name comes up 2011 blah blah.

            So yeah, very helpful indeed.

            Yet, here we are again.

            • March 20th 2017 @ 6:21am
              soapit said | March 20th 2017 @ 6:21am | ! Report

              perhaps deal with them when they actually arrive. theres enough discussions ruined by the real thing without imaginations spoiling the rest

              • Roar Guru

                March 20th 2017 @ 11:22am
                taylorman said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:22am | ! Report

                ok then i will. Apologies mr quade policeman.?

            • March 20th 2017 @ 11:58am
              DOUBLES said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:58am | ! Report

              Taylorman ,

              Oh dear Oh My ..Here he is again ,whenever Quades name is mentioned, up pops Quade hater and Richie Mcgraws fan boy ..That’s a real nasty habit you got there . You should seek medial assistance immediatley ..haha

      • March 19th 2017 @ 8:22pm
        Rhys Bosley said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:22pm | ! Report

        Don’t worry Jock, we can at least take comfort in the fact that Cooper or no Cooper, the Tahs suck more than the Reds this season. And we know that is all that really matters :-).

        • Roar Guru

          March 19th 2017 @ 8:33pm
          eagleJack said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:33pm | ! Report

          I’d say they are both terrible

          • March 19th 2017 @ 8:48pm
            Rhys Bosley said | March 19th 2017 @ 8:48pm | ! Report

            Nope, the Tahs suck more. It’s science.

            • Roar Rookie

              March 19th 2017 @ 10:01pm
              Dave_S said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:01pm | ! Report

              I disagree, I think they’ve made it more of an art 🙂

            • March 20th 2017 @ 12:10pm
              Paul said | March 20th 2017 @ 12:10pm | ! Report

              Waratah fans don’t get it . They never will Rhys.. I hate the TAHS with a passion.. Kiwis love to weigh in third man, but they don’t understand or have they the intellectual capacity to understand..

              Personally i know they think they know everything about Rugby, but they don`t..They live on their little minisucle island near antartica and are insulated, so they don’t understand our rivalry. This BLOOD FUED between us and the Horratahs has been on going for over 125 years and is passed down through the generations…

              So any New Zealander commenting on Reds v Waratahs is summarily dismissed by me forethwith .

          • March 19th 2017 @ 10:05pm
            Ruckin Oaf said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:05pm | ! Report

            Hey at this point in the competition the Reds are the only Australian team to beat an international team. That’s something at least 🙂

        • March 20th 2017 @ 1:25pm
          Jock Cornet said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:25pm | ! Report

          Foley and the tahs will beat the reds by 30.

          • Roar Guru

            March 20th 2017 @ 5:48pm
            Fionn said | March 20th 2017 @ 5:48pm | ! Report

            While we’re getting people to admit things (and Cooper can’t tackle, but he does so better than Foley, that’s statistically proven) admit things yourself, mate—the Tahs are a joke and are an embarrassment.

            Australian rugby is a joke and an embarrassment at present. The best team is an out-of-form Brumbies in a rebuild phase after they lost almost all of their stars, and the ARU are about to cut them anyway despite being Australia’s only half-decent team.

      • March 19th 2017 @ 9:21pm
        Maroon Kev said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:21pm | ! Report

        Continue to get thrashed?

        That’s the first game we’ve lost by more than 7 points buddy!!!

        • March 19th 2017 @ 9:58pm
          Wallaby fan said | March 19th 2017 @ 9:58pm | ! Report

          Things are looking bad when that is an upside kev lol
          Seriously though qaude is due to bust out that 2011 form soon and show everyone.
          Any day now.
          Yep been waiting awhile.
          This is the new red dawn i have read about awesome ?

          • March 19th 2017 @ 10:10pm
            Ruckin Oaf said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:10pm | ! Report

            What an astute rugby observer you are. I don’t know how it slipped your attention that this is Coopers first season in a Reds jersey in a little while

          • March 19th 2017 @ 10:16pm
            Hello Everybody. said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:16pm | ! Report

            I wouldnt write Cooper off as an international.

            Aus has absolutely no depth at 10 at international level now that Lealiifano is out and Toomua is overseas.
            Giteau perhaps but I think hes probably done at that level.

            Its pretty much Foley, Cooper and then Beale.
            Not too bad but pretty thin considering top nations.

            Foley to start and Cooper to finish again in gold.

          • March 20th 2017 @ 10:43am
            Maroon Kev said | March 20th 2017 @ 10:43am | ! Report

            It’s not an upside buddy!! Old mate is just clueless and I’m pointing it out!

      • March 19th 2017 @ 10:13pm
        Bfc said | March 19th 2017 @ 10:13pm | ! Report

        He’s “scared”…? Poor technique perhaps, but “scared”…? How many games of Super Rugby have you played…or Tests…?

        • Roar Rookie

          March 20th 2017 @ 1:11pm
          piru said | March 20th 2017 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

          The enduring image I have of Cooper is of an All Black v Wallaby test and a rampaging Ma’a Nonu heading for the line, with only Cooper (defending at fullback, naturally) to beat.

          Cooper bent his knees slightly, then acted as if he’d been wrong footed (by the straight running Nonu) and walked away – refusing to engage.
          As Nonu touched down – Cooper had his back to him and is seen walking away from him.

          He was never going to stop Nonu, but I can’t name any All Black (or any other Wallaby, or any other international anywhere) who would disgrace the jersey in such a way, Mike Catt had no chance of stopping Jonah, but he did the honourable thing and got run over.

          • Roar Rookie

            March 20th 2017 @ 4:23pm
            Shane D said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:23pm | ! Report

            The old ‘business decision’ Piru.

      • March 20th 2017 @ 11:19am
        Maroon Kev said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:19am | ! Report

        Can somebody cut the internet connection to this fossil’s nursing home???!!!

      • March 20th 2017 @ 11:53am
        DOUBLES said | March 20th 2017 @ 11:53am | ! Report

        Jock Rymes with ???

        • March 20th 2017 @ 2:32pm
          Fin said | March 20th 2017 @ 2:32pm | ! Report

          Not sure which paints the more accurate picture of you Doubles? The comment or the spelling?

          • March 20th 2017 @ 3:07pm
            DOUBLES said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:07pm | ! Report

            Fin rhymes with D..

            • March 20th 2017 @ 3:23pm
              Fin said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:23pm | ! Report

              Baby steps are okay Doubles. Well done.

              • March 20th 2017 @ 3:33pm
                DOUBLES said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:33pm | ! Report

                One is a consonant, one is a vowel, they form a syllable…You can do it Fin ..

        • March 20th 2017 @ 3:09pm
          taylorman said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:09pm | ! Report


          • March 20th 2017 @ 3:35pm
            DOUBLES said | March 20th 2017 @ 3:35pm | ! Report

            You win cookie taylorman for a Z grade answer… Well done ..

            • March 20th 2017 @ 4:05pm
              taylorman said | March 20th 2017 @ 4:05pm | ! Report

              Thanks, but I’ll start charging soon so break out your penny bank if you’re along for the ride. ?

    , , ,