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Cooper banned for Sharks tie

2012-07-16 11:28

Brisbane - Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper will miss Saturday's Super Rugby playoff against the Sharks in Brisbane after it was ruled he had committed a dangerous tackle last weekend, governing body SANZAR said on Monday.

The Australia international was sent to the sinbin and cited for a high tackle on Waratahs back Berrick Barnes during the 32-16 victory which secured the defending champion's place in the playoffs.

The mercurial flyhalf was the subject of a SANZAR judicial hearing on Monday, following which he was suspended for a week.

"Whilst in the process of a tackle on Berrick Barnes, there was principle contact with the chest but also with the neck such as to make the tackle dangerous in contravention of Law 10.4(e)," SANZAR said in a statement.

"...It is also a matter of significance that the SANZAR rules allow consideration be given to the importance of games to be played during the Super Rugby finals series and as such, this has been taken into account as a mitigating circumstance.

"It follows that Quade Cooper is suspended from all forms of Rugby for one week up to and including July 21."

Cooper's absence is a huge blow to the Reds, who are now likely to move Mike Harris across from inside centre to flyhalf against the Sharks.

Cooper missed Australia's June internationals after failing to recover sufficiently from the knee injury that ended his Rugby World Cup last October.

Barnes, who was forced off the pitch by the tackle from his fellow Wallaby last Saturday, stepped in at flyhalf in place of Cooper and played an outstanding series as Australia swept Six Nations champions Wales 3-0.

Reuters

Comments
  • paul.sdoow - 2012-07-16 11:34

    tom turd not first

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-16 11:42

      i think he must have downloaded the 24app and hit the refresh too late. but the way i see it it will be a stormer- chiefs final at newlands . deservingly too as they two top teams on log.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 12:31

      some of us have lives bud. just finished pomping yster. got my tips frosted too. yirra this weekend in rosetenville is gonna pump, i look more pimp than elton jantjes

      david.boswel - 2012-07-16 15:19

      But wouldnt it be magical if the bulls can pull through and its a bulls-stormers final on newlands...that would be a game of games!

  • niel.walt - 2012-07-16 11:50

    That's 1 semi sorted out, sharks vs stormers

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-16 12:04

    Good news for the Sharks. Go Saaaaaaarks

      Heiku - 2012-07-16 14:57

      I agree. Like Ahswin would say "Go Sarks" - "When the Pus comes to sov de sarks will keep their composure."

  • DenĂ©se - 2012-07-16 13:53

    Good News for Sharks!!!!!!! Go South African teams!!!!!

  • jt.thom.3 - 2012-07-16 14:35

    You got Kaplan as ref and you got Cooper banned? Wow. If the Sharks lose this one it's truly a waste of a good bribe.

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-16 14:53

      I am of the opinion that Kaplan is not a fan of the Sharks. I think that while he was living here, some girl dumped him like a ton of bricks and we the Sharks fans are living to regret it. Hope like hell I am wrong, and he blows well on the weekend. Go Sharks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 15:19

      i am of the opinion that is ridiculous everyone knows he is gay

      Heiku - 2012-07-16 16:09

      I share Travie's opinion although it could have been a boyfriend that dumped him.

      Heiku - 2012-07-16 16:10

      Besides he probably got dumped cause he wasnt blowing very well. Zing!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 18:31

      heiku ding ding ding u r the winner. but i got there first so u r second

  • ej.smith.589 - 2012-07-16 14:55

    THANK YOU...YAY!

  • charles.brink.90 - 2012-07-16 15:02

    What a boring game it's going to be....at least Quade put some fire in every match.

      Heiku - 2012-07-16 15:57

      lol i see Qaudy Coopy has a groupie.

      niel.walt - 2012-07-16 16:47

      Charles u see that behind the back pass he did on sat? Wonder if morne steyn can do that.... Lol

      akaRags - 2012-07-17 04:52

      Maybe he can go back to his part time job of nicking computers this weekend......

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-16 15:22

    Sharks look real good, say Sharks by 5!! Bulls Groete

  • ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-17 08:04

    I think the Sharks should now start worrying. Banning Quade Afraid just made the Reds team a whole lot stronger.

  • julian.brown.5205 - 2012-07-17 11:21

    I am sick to death of this corrupt governing body, more so in regards to the ref but the penalty to QC is also inconsistent. So now the reds need to beat the sharks, the ref, and SANZAR. Seemed pretty unusual last week how both SA teams in finals contention weren't even winning their games at half time and somehow they both had such a turn around the opposition weren't able to score a point in the second half and they both got bonus points. To be expected by SARU I would have bet my life that was going to be the outcome. No consistency & I hate to say it but there is increasing indications of bias at SANZAR. I'd be happy for SANZAR to refute that based on evidence. Having Durban based Johnathan Kaplan as ref is also shocking. He is too unfit & whistle happy to allow running rugby.

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