‘Watch Cooper’

Brisbane City on mission to win in Lautoka and keep NRC dream alive.  Coach Mick Heenan calls star players to rise and shine Former Wallabies star playmaker Quade Cooper is
04 Sep 2018 10:38
‘Watch Cooper’

Brisbane City on mission to win in Lautoka and keep NRC dream alive.  Coach Mick Heenan calls star players to rise and shine

Former Wallabies star playmaker Quade Cooper is going to be Brisbane City’s trump card against the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua in the second round of the Australian National Rugby Championship at Churchill Park, Lautoka on Saturday.

Making his return last Sunday, the 58th Test veteran put on a sterling performance against Force despite going down 47-29.

Former Wallaby Greg Martin was impressed by Cooper’s performance and expects him to be in a more devastating form on Saturday.

“I thought he was magnificent,” Martin said in commentary for Fox Sports.

“No one takes it to the line like Quade Cooper. Made some mistakes, but who cares?”

There were glimpses of the Cooper that made him the most dangerous player in the world back in 2011.

A cross-field kick to his wing team-mate which started the passage of play leading to City’s fifth try.

A beautiful left to right pass which cut out two defenders and found a teammate’s chest, an exquisite inside ball to Jayden Ngamanu to score and a try of his own too.

City captain Adam Korczyk said he is confident they can bounce back against a winning Drua outfit.

Along with Cooper is former Wallabies centre Karmichael Hunt who is making a comeback after a year.

Hunt who had been sidelined due to drug related charges said the NRC is his way back to Super Rugby.

“We’re all very excited and we’re looking forward to going one better than what we did last year,” he said of City’s campaign.

“This year we can hopefully make a good run of it and get back to winning like we did in the first couple of years.”

Hunt, too, had his moments with a second half break and sublime offload the highlight of his performance yesterday.

City head coach Mick Heenan said Cooper and Hunt have a point to prove in the NRC.

“They’re both really motivated,” he said.

“They both have a point to prove and they will want to be able to show that they can play at the next level.



Fijian Drua head coach Senirusi Seruvakula says although City lost their opening match, he is aware that they will come better prepared.

Seruvakula said this week they have to start again and see where changes would be needed.

“It is going to be another hard game especially Brisbane City losing and they will want to bounce back.

“We’re aware that they will be bringing some experienced Super Rugby players and they will try to disrupt the momentum of the Drua.

“The main concern now is to do the process again and that is important.

“We have been reviewing the game and if changes are needed to be done than there will be.”

Seruvakula said the medical team are currently analysing if there are any injuries and they are going to send their list today.

“When the list is sent then I will start to look at the players who are in the injury list and make appropriate changes if needed.”

Seruvakula commended the performance of captain Mosese Voka.

“He is our captain for the season and he will be one of the players who have been there for the full eighty minutes.”

Today, the Suva players are going to train at 10am while the West players would be training in Sigatoka. The squad go into camp tomorrow.

-Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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