Cooper is still in the running

Sun, 02 Jun 2013 09:04
Large quadecooperreds4

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said he hasn't ruled flyhalf Quade Cooper out of his squad to face the British and Irish Lions.

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said he hasn't ruled flyhalf Quade Cooper out of his squad to face the British and Irish Lions.

Cooper had a mixed game in the Reds' 33-20 win over the Melbourne Rebels, but eventually scored the clinching try as the Reds bonus-point victory in Brisbane.

For an hour Cooper could do little right in his head-to-head battle with James O'Connor for the flyhalf place, conceding two tries when his clearing kicks were charged down and missing two easy shots at goal.

But the Reds came from 20-18 down, scoring two tries in the final 11 minutes.

Cooper gave his chances of a spot in this month's Test series against the Lions a boost when he reached out and scored with a one-handed put down on the try-line in the 69th minute.

"Quade did some very good things and he did some things that he wouldn't have been so pleased about as well," Deans told reporters.

Deans wouldn't be drawn on whether Cooper had the better of O'Connor, who he has hinted will be the starting pivot for the first Test in Brisbane on June 22.

Asked about O'Connor's effort against Cooper on Saturday, Deans said: "It wasn't the complete performance."

Deans will be at Friday's Super Rugby match between the Brumbies and Rebels in Canberra and the Reds-Lions match in Brisbane the following night.

Six players will be added to the Wallabies squad on June 11, giving Cooper one more chance to stake his claim.

AFP

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 February 2017
Highlanders v Chiefs 06h35 Dunedin
Reds v Sharks 09h00 Brisbane
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 17h45 Twickenham Stoop
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Myreside
Dragons v Leinster 19h30 Rodney Parade
Munster v Scarlets 19h35 Thomond Park
Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
UWC v Rhodes 88 | 8
TUT v WSU 13 | 17
NWU-Pukke v UCT-Ikeys 20 | 15
Sun, 19 February 2017
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 46 | 31
Sale Sharks v Wasps 34 | 28
Sat, 18 February 2017
Connacht v Dragons 14 | 9
Ospreys v Munster 23 | 25
Leicester Tigers v Bristol 50 | 17
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 37 | 17
Bath v Harlequins 22 | 12
B&I LIONS
MORE LOGS