Reds sweat on Cooper judiciary hearing


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    Already reeling from skipper James Slipper’s season-ending injury, Queensland have also flown Quade Cooper home as they brace for the Super Rugby playmaker’s SANZAAR judiciary hearing.

    Cooper faces a dangerous-tackle charge after being sent off for his 49th-minute hit on Rohan Janse van Rensburg as the centre crashed over for one of many Lions tries in Johannesburg.

    He will front the judiciary at 1700 (AEDT) on Tuesday.

    Cooper has had disciplinary issues in the past – he missed the 2012 semi-final against the Sharks due to a ban.

    And the fact Cooper has been flown home to Brisbane and not on to Argentina for Sunday’s clash with the Jaguares indicates Queensland are expecting another suspension.

    “In the second half, the red card to Quade made it extremely difficult only having 14 men out there against a team that can move the ball exceptionally well and play with a lot of pace,” said Queensland coach Nick Stiles, after the Reds arrived in Buenos Aires.

    Jake McIntyre is already a confirmed starter at No.10 for Cooper against the Jaguares with Henry Taefu as cover.

    Former Brisbane NRL flyer Lachlan Maranta has been called into the Reds’ squad.

    “Quade started for us and played every minute at 10 for us until the red card,” Stiles said.

    “But (McIntyre) played basically the full season at 10 for us last year.

    “That experience, plus the hard work he has done the last four to six months to improve his game, it creates a good chance for him to step up at 10.”

    Cooper flew home with Slipper, who ruptured an achilles tendon in the Lions’ romp at Ellis Park.

    Stiles tried to find a silver lining to Slipper’s devastating injury.

    “It is disappointing for James. He put a lot of work into this year and looked forward to being at the forefront of a much-better season for the Reds,” Stiles said.

    “But we are extremely lucky to have the current Wallabies’ skipper Stephen Moore.

    “To have someone of his experience to step up and take over the captaincy is a luxury we have.

    “He will continue his work towards driving cultural change in this group.

    “He will get a chance to lay a firm footprint on this side; create some really good habits which will set us up for future success.”

    Queensland at one point were down to 13 men against the Lions when Cooper was sent off after Slipper’s first-half injury and winger Eto Nabuli’s 45th-minute yellow card.

    The Lions piled on another four tries in Cooper’s absence to seal the bonus-point victory.

    “We were extremely disappointed with how we played last weekend,” Stiles said.

    “But we came on this tour of Africa and Argentina to pick up a win and the boys are very committed to chasing that this weekend.”

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    • March 21st 2017 @ 9:54am
      unimpressed said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

      That was the softest swinging arm send off I’ve ever seen, It’s always been ridiculously parochial in SA but they are clearly declaring war on Australia with this bull. There is a hundred harder tackles in every game that do not raise an eyebrow.

      • March 21st 2017 @ 11:09am
        Jeff said | March 21st 2017 @ 11:09am | ! Report

        The referee was a kiwi and it will be the Sanzaar judiciary committee who will pass judgement.Hard to see a SA influence in this so called declaration of war.Obviously unimpressed is a my country right or wrong personality.

      • Roar Guru

        March 21st 2017 @ 11:23am
        pformagg said | March 21st 2017 @ 11:23am | ! Report

        New directives as of this year. Any contact with the head is penalty/yellow, swinging arm with force = red. Quade will get 4-6 weeks, and rightly so.

        • March 21st 2017 @ 11:35pm
          Jamez said | March 21st 2017 @ 11:35pm | ! Report

          Ive been wondering, these new rules, are they just for Super Rugby, or will International matches follow these rules too?

    • Roar Rookie

      March 21st 2017 @ 12:16pm
      piru said | March 21st 2017 @ 12:16pm | ! Report

      It was a dumb act – with all the talk about concentrating on head contact he gave the ref no choice

      • March 21st 2017 @ 8:54pm
        Tez said | March 21st 2017 @ 8:54pm | ! Report

        Agree …. just dumb …. he was never going to stop the try ….. 4 weeks I reckon using the Luatua suspension as a guide

    • March 21st 2017 @ 12:47pm
      FARMER said | March 21st 2017 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

      Rugby has got soft. …4 -6 weeks is what Quade will get for a love tap .Now every player who hits someone in the head has to get 4 weeks….No room for compromise. .I`ll be watching closely..

      • March 21st 2017 @ 2:20pm
        taylorman said | March 21st 2017 @ 2:20pm | ! Report

        Yes…and they knew that before the match too.

    • March 21st 2017 @ 12:49pm
      Jimbo81 said | March 21st 2017 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

      the initial contact is chest level – the ball carrier ducks to score the try and Quade hangs on, rising above the level of the shoulders in doing so. Mild swinging arm. Penalty maybe – probably a warning. If they look at his past record it MUST be argued that the rules governing high tackles have only recently changed – so unfair to claim he has form in this area since the only reason this was anything more than a basic penalty is that the rules have recently gone pedantic.

      • March 21st 2017 @ 3:35pm
        DOUBLES said | March 21st 2017 @ 3:35pm | ! Report

        Are they saying Quades tackle is worse then Steve Luatuas ? He got 6 weeks for an intentional off the ball late coathanger on nanai Williams?

        Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Nigel Hampton said Luatuas actions were worth six weeks on the sideline.

        But, “taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s early admission of guilt and his remorse for his actions, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension by two weeks”.

        As a result, Luatua will miss games against the Highlanders, Crusaders, Bulls and Western Force.

        So that means Cooper can show admission of guilt and remorse and get it downgraded too?

      • Roar Rookie

        March 21st 2017 @ 5:09pm
        piru said | March 21st 2017 @ 5:09pm | ! Report

        It was never at chest level, nor was it at shoulder level – I can’t decide if you guys are deliberately misstating the facts or haven’t watched the replay.

        It was aimed at the head from the get go, he brushed the top of the shoulder on the way through, but that was incidental, it didn’t slide up.

    • Roar Guru

      March 21st 2017 @ 5:00pm
      Hoy said | March 21st 2017 @ 5:00pm | ! Report

      I am a reds supporter, but that was a bit of a lolly given other worse ones have been given yellows… The red should suffice really, but now we have a crazy “CRACKDOWN”, that still isn’t quite standard yet…

      • March 21st 2017 @ 9:18pm
        dontcallmeshirley said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:18pm | ! Report

        I agree that the red should suffice. A red card for half a match is actually quite a significant penalty for both the individual and the team.

    • March 21st 2017 @ 6:27pm
      William Tell said | March 21st 2017 @ 6:27pm | ! Report

      we’ve all watched enough state-of-origin to know what a deliberate, well aimed, swinging arm looks like.
      Cooper’s was nowhere near that category. Not that I don’t welcome the increased sensitivity about tackling/working on the head. Already, the standard is being relaxed – lots of round the neck stuff that is now going free, based it seems on what affects play as compared with what affects players not directly involved with the ball.
      But Cooper was careless, perhaps. Certainly worth sitting him down for ten minutes.
      But he’s done that before. So he will pay a penalty on review.

      • March 21st 2017 @ 9:22pm
        dontcallmeshirley said | March 21st 2017 @ 9:22pm | ! Report

        We do not want to use the state of Origin as a yardstick for foul play. I am sure they will face a crackdown soon given the high profile of concussion injuries across many codes

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