Cooper blames tactics for flop

2012-02-11 08:10

Sydney - Australia's conservative tactics may have contributed to their failure and his own disappointing display at last year's Rugby World Cup, flyhalf Quade Cooper has said.

Cooper whose enigmatic playmaking could turn a game either way, was lacklustre during the World Cup in New Zealand as the Wallabies adopted a conservative, territory based game.

The 23-year-old was heavily criticised for his performances but the Reds flyhalf, who suffered a knee injury in the third-place playoff that will keep him out of Super Rugby until at least April, said his free-spirited approach may have been stymied by coach Robbie Deans' tactics.

"I went out there and played the football I was allowed to play inside a game plan," Cooper said on Saturday.

"It might not have necessarily been the best game plan.

"There was half the games that we didn't play very smart. Whether that was on the back of my shoulders, who knows?"

The Wallabies were outmuscled by Ireland in pool play and then New Zealand in the semi-finals before adopting a more expansive approach in the playoff for third place, where they beat Wales 21-18.

Deans had preferred to use his inside centre to run straight and take the ball into contact in an attempt to get over the gain line.

In the playoff, the New Zealander used the more creative Berrick Barnes at inside centre to act as a second playmaker, which contributed to the Wallabies' victory Cooper said.

"I think there was a time where we may have been over-thinking," Cooper added.

"Because when we came out in that game against Wales we basically said let's just go out there (and enjoy it).

"You can have all the words and all the motivational quotes and moves in the world but if you're not going out there and putting your heart and your mind into it with your team mates you're not going to play well.

"We just went out there and played some good football."


  • Brandon - 2012-02-11 08:25

    I can't believe he is complaining, they should have never been in the semi finals anyways. Wake up and smell the coffee!!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-11 08:35

    JaNee mr Cooper...your tactics of constantly knocking balls or kicking them backwards instead of forward was really not some of the best I have witnessed. I must say the breaking and entering of "a friends" house some time ago wasn't up there with great tactics either...but everything said and done your teams tactics to break every rule in rugby (and with the help of mr "no-lawrence") got you quite far won't you say mate?

      Eric Schollar - 2012-02-11 09:13

      Stupid comment!

      Jandals - 2012-02-11 12:20

      @Louis At least Coopers blaming/complaining about his teams tactics.............whereas the Boks use that good old victim mentality chestnut and blame everybody else except their teams tactics. Whatever makes you feel better Louis, but don't forget a certain Bok player that "knocked on" opportunities as well as eye-gouging Pocock which should have resulted in instant dismissal (Red Card) as the Boks fielding 14, imagine the score line then, no actually imagine the whinging and gnashing of teeth from deluded Bok fans then? And bringing up comments about "breaking and entering" about Mozzie is plain dumb, would you like an example of a certain Bok that killed a cop blah blah blah. Well done Mozzie for not using lame excuses about everything and anything apart from his teams performance or tactics. See if you can spot the moral of the story Louise?

      Terence.Craig.Berry - 2012-02-11 12:39

      Jandals, when did Bees Roux ever play for S.A???

      Jandals - 2012-02-11 12:46

      @TCB Fair comment, but you get the picture. It was Robbie Deans that pulled Mozzie out of that 'situation' with not only good coaching but great mentoring regardless of rugby. But you're right, my mistake.

      Phil - 2012-02-11 14:03

      Louis you are not the sharpest tool in the shed are you.

      Phil - 2012-02-11 14:32

      Aaah, Burtfred who is on an intellectual par with Louis decides to make yet another meaningless comment.

  • Graham - 2012-02-11 08:48

    When will they learn. When times get tight players revert to conservative rugby. It should be one of Newtons Laws. A world cup rugby will never be won by a team playing Quade Cooper rugby.

      Jandals - 2012-02-11 15:18

      Yet SA tried playing expansive rugby against the Wallabies and lost because of Australia's defence. The home truth whether you believe it or not, the Boks had territory and possession but didn't capitalise, Australia beat SA by defence. Amazing isn't it?

  • Burtfred - 2012-02-11 09:10

    Never mind Cooper, no matter how you played, you were never going to win anyway. The trophy was engraved with Allblacks before the tournament started.

      Eric Schollar - 2012-02-11 09:14

      Whining bok fan still peeing in his pants

  • Steenbra - 2012-02-11 10:40

    Deans will be pissed with you and now Barnes will be the first choice at Flyhalf

  • Phil - 2012-02-11 11:24

    3rd place is not failure.

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