Cooper vigilant of Foley factor

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:42

SUPER RUGBY NEWS: Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper labelled his duel with Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley as 'healthy rivalry' ahead of their Super Rugby match in Round 10.

Cooper and Foley have been playing alongside each other for Australia under head coach Michael Cheika, but coming Saturday the pair will be on the opposite ends of the spectrum.

Both will be eager to stamp their authority on the game and prove who is worthy of wearing the number 10 jumper for Australia.

"We have played alongside each other for a while, so there is always going to be a healthy rivalry, " Cooper said.  

"Everyone wants to start for [Australia], but now it is about my role for the Reds.

"The personal dual is a thing that is always at the back of your mind," he added.

Cooper has praised  Foley's leadership and communication prowess and advised his side to isolate the pivot this coming Saturday.

"Foley has been the cornerstone of their attack, obviously with Kurtley Beale being there over the past few years - those two have had a good combination.

"It's been a little bit different not having [Beale] there so more is falling on [Foley's] shoulders.

"He's a great threat in terms of his running game, he's a good communicator in what I've had to do with him.

"If we can stop the ball by him, it means that Israel Folau doesn’t get the ball. And that's going to put us in a good position," he explained.

Reds head into the clash fresh from a bye week. The side have only managed to win two of their eight matches thus far but found themselves second in the Australian Conference.

Cooper believes that a win against the Waratahs - who suffered a humiliating 24-26 defeat against the Kings - can launch their bid to gain the top spot.

"We have to focus on playing well, winning, and continuing to do that.

“We cannot afford to be complacent.

" We have to go into this match well-prepared and leave no stone unturned and hopefully get the victory.

"Our next four games, we face three Australians teams [and the Chiefs away], so we have a pretty good chance to go top of the Australian conference,"

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Fri, 23 March 2018
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Connacht v Edinburgh 19h35 Sportsground
Dragons v Cheetahs 19h35 Rodney Parade
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 19h35 Scotstoun
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Kings v Treviso 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 15h15 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Scarlets 17h30 Thomond Park
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Ospreys v Leinster 19h35 Liberty Stadium
Jaguares v Lions 19h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 25 March 2018
Leicester Tigers v Wasps 15h00 Welford Road
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 51 | 27
Sat, 17 March 2018
Jaguares v Reds 7 | 18
Wales v France 14 | 13
Lions v Sunwolves 40 | 38
England v Ireland 15 | 24
Stormers v Blues 37 | 20
Italy v Scotland 27 | 29
Brumbies v Sharks 24 | 17
Highlanders v Crusaders 25 | 17
Fri, 16 March 2018
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 31 | 25
Edinburgh v Munster 12 | 6
Chiefs v Bulls 41 | 28
Sun, 11 March 2018
Wales v Italy 38 | 14
Sat, 10 March 2018
Jaguares v Waratahs 38 | 28
France v England 22 | 16
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 4 3 0 1 15
Waratahs 4 2 1 1 10
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Sunwolves 4 0 0 4 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 3 3 0 0 13
Hurricanes 3 2 0 1 10
Crusaders 4 2 0 2 10
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Blues 4 1 0 3 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 5 4 0 1 19
Stormers 5 2 0 3 9
Sharks 4 1 1 4 9
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4