Cooper tweets his anger at ban

2012-07-23 07:49

Sydney - Water boy duties have not helped Reds playmaker Quade Cooper cool down over his Super Rugby suspension, judging by a tweet that could land him in more trouble.

Reduced to the support role for the Reds' knockout final against the Sharks in Brisbane on Saturday, Cooper tweeted this after the match: ''SANZAR - lottery.''

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie refused to cry foul after Cooper-less Reds' title defence ended with a 30-17 loss to the Sharks, snapping their six-game winning run.

McKenzie had plenty to lament after his final game before handing the reins to Richard Graham and becoming Reds director of coaching. Not only had the Reds lost Cooper to a controversial dangerous tackle ban, his replacement Ben Lucas (ankle) was carried off and hooker Saia Faingaa suffered a corked biceps by the 22nd minute against the Sharks.

A minute later, the Reds trailed 17-0 and the Sharks went on to book a semi-final clash with the Stormers, prompting a scathing post-match analysis from Reds captain Will Genia.

But McKenzie believed the Reds were in good shape as they headed into a new era. ''There's a lot of things to be positive about,'' he said. ''There's been a lot of talk about the Brumbies having a great season but, in the end, our team's average age is younger than theirs, so we've got a lot of football ahead of this group.

''I've been involved for three years, and a lot of the guys have come into the program, and they've developed as players into Wallabies. It wasn't a great one [on Saturday night] but we will dust ourselves off and keep going.''

The Reds have the potential to groom more into Wallabies after Cooper and team-mates Liam Gill, James Slipper, Rob Simmons, Jake Schatz, Radike Samo, Ben Tapuai and James Hanson were called up for a national training camp in Sydney from August 1 to 3. That will result in a 30-man Wallabies squad for the inaugural Rugby Championship. Genia was rested along with Digby Ioane.

Durban referee Jonathan Kaplan was booed off the ground but most Reds fans saw red over the TV match official denying Gill a 57th-minute try.

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  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-23 07:56

    Sour grapes Cooper,get over it,you were beaten by a superb Sharks team. On that note,congrats to the Sharks on reaching the semis,see you at Newlands. To the Bulls.............,some things are better left unsaid.I sincerely hope HM has now opened his eyes.Dewald and Jacque Potgieter tried their utmost best..well done guys

      jason.children - 2012-07-23 08:07

      Sharks looked dangerous! But dont forget the Reds were always going to struggle after Lucas went off! Saturday will be Epic! as for the Bulls................well there are no excuses, saw some of the chaps blaming the ref again but the fact remains the Bulls changed their normal game plan to try and starve the Crusaders of attacking ball and it backfired!

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-23 08:13

      Your thoughts on Morne Steyn? Mine,well HM needs to make up his mind if Steyn is the go forward person or not cause after Saturdays performance,the only place Steyn is going is backwards.

      chester.tobias.3 - 2012-07-23 08:26

      There are no excuses for the Bulls,they were outplayed by the Crusaders,unfortunately there will always be some chaps blaming the ref.Still proud of the Bulls!

      jason.children - 2012-07-23 08:27

      I dont know.............they looked flat! Spies was absent again. I wish I could put Dewalds heart into Spies body...............Monster! Or even Daniel's Heart! The Springbok squad is going to be very interesting. I doubt Steyn will be left out.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-07-23 09:56

      Nice News24 Kaplan is based in Cape Town, not durban... wake up

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-23 09:57

      Genia the d@@s was also sour after the game , not once did he give credit to Sharks during the post match interview. That is very unsportmanlike , but what can one expect from those arrogant Aussies !!

      craig.williams.14224094 - 2012-07-23 18:36

      ... Kaplan can't see an offside or forward pass! EVER!!! He is always infront of play... a real Plonker; the interception should not have been allowed...

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-07-23 19:50

      Cooper you talented fool!! SANZAR lottery is what got the reds into a home final or any final, as they were below the Bulls and Sharks on points!!! Great win Sharks!! My Bulls just didn't match up and were beaten by a polished team!!! Having said that, how many teams can boast being beaten by the Crusaders but outscoring them two tries to one!! The only reason I would want the Stormers to win is I think the Sharks travel schedule will be too much to expect them to win!! The difference between the Sharks and the Stormers is the Sharks can defend and score tries as where the Stormers battle to score tries!!!

  • ChrisinOz294 - 2012-07-23 08:00

    Ag Quade Afraid. What's fair is fair. Take it like a man - that is, if you were one.

  • fdalana - 2012-07-23 08:13

    he'll be fine,no one was expecting him to be happy after the game anyway.

  • wouter.vanheerden2 - 2012-07-23 08:33

    Well done to the Crusaders & Sharks for winning there play-off matches. Im still proud of my Bulls team they played some good rugby over the Superugby season. I still believe that they should choose another captain to lead the team forward. Spies is not a captain and should not lead the team. Any the Crusaders proofed why they were 7 times champions in SR. The Sharks played some excellent Rugby themselfs and im backing the Sharks this coming weekend against the Stormers i believe they can take the Stormers. The Sharks and Crusaders are the only teams that managed to beat the Stormers in this years SR tournament. Good luck to the Crusaders & Sharks this coming weekend hope to see both of you in the final

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-23 08:38

      You forget that the Stormers also beat the Sharks this year.

      niel.walt - 2012-07-23 10:10

      The stormers didn't klap anyone, they've scraped their way through the season.

      Karel du Toit - 2012-07-23 10:15

      will be tough for the sharks to fly all over but I'm sure the final will be in NZ

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-23 11:13

      Niel,where did it get them,a home semi.

      Johann - 2012-07-23 19:00

      Isak, relax ou beer! Ek is self 'n Stormer supporter, maar Wouter se kommentaar is reg. Ek is bekommerd oor die Sharks, hulle kan ons Saterdag nog omdop. Veral as hulle speel soos teen die Reds. Sy laaste comment oor wie in die finaal gaan wees is miskien bietjie vinnig gelewer en ondeurdag, maar niemand op hierdie blog is volmaak nie. Haal asem!!

  • Shaun Robinson - 2012-07-23 08:36

    I LOVE IT when an Aussie gets worked over...

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-07-23 08:38

    Aussies are bunch of whingers -even the captain was chirping about how unfair the ref was in his post match interview

      boereroo.jackman - 2012-07-23 09:08

      Hypocrite much? Bryce Lawrence....

      Caleb - 2012-07-23 22:54

      @ boereroo- Well said that man! This whole forum stinks of hyprocrisy

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-23 23:37

      @ Caleb.Well then,get off the bus Gus.We wont miss you.

      Caleb - 2012-07-24 02:57

      Im just entitled to be here as you are, im needed here to bring into perspective one eyed comments from you and your sort.

      Caleb - 2012-07-24 02:58

      @thePenis- And are you trying to say that you are not a hyprocrite? I have seen your crying comments on here many times about the ref and constantly whineing how SA gets stiffed.

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-24 16:17

      Aw Caleb.Now you are talking crap.Last time you farted out one of your silly girl like comments,was when I enlighted a little spoiled brat on his skrewed up outlook on rugby as a whole.You know,I suspect that you are pretty hen pecked and finds some form of escape on this blog,imagine'ing what it is like when the men go around.Now go and pluck the missers a nice peach somewhere before she snots you again.

  • gawie.krotz - 2012-07-23 09:22

    Ag wat die aussie is te vindgat..Cooper maak nou asof alles rond om hom gaan. Die Reds speel al heel jaar sonder hom en hulle was nie te sleg was cooper daar sal hy ook sy gat gesien dit..sharks was maar net te goed!!!

  • hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-23 09:35

    nothing more satisfying than hearing the aussie commentators quiet down on their one sided views...and beating the aussie 1st team on home ground.

  • stephen.barnett.988 - 2012-07-23 10:11

    Sharks were excellent but truth is Kaplan was poor and has been poor for a couple of years now. Sharks deserved a yellow or two in the 2nd half for killing the ball in the red zone. Instead, Kaplan dished out a yellow on the 80th minute. Probably wouldn't have changed the outcome but the crowd had reason to boo him.

      gawie.krotz - 2012-07-23 10:37

      I have to agree with you stephen..I think the sharks were totally outstanding but I also think kaplan was very very poor. from my knowledge of the game I think kaplan gave the sharks to many warnings and the reds couldn't get their rhythm cause somehow kaplan managed to slow their ball.I'm still trying to figure out why he gave the yellow card in the 80th minute.

      gordon.mazibuko - 2012-07-23 10:55

      The crowd never have a reason to boo anybody as that behaviour is disgusting and against everything that sport stands for. Kaplan was brilliant in allowing the game to flow however he did miss a few infringements I do agree. That being said Higginbottom should have been carded atleast once for many off the ball niggle for one and the Reds received numerous warnings for holding onto players at and after rucks so the card could have been one each. The Sharks received warnings for DIFFERENT infringements in the red zone however cards are usually issued for cynical infringements and being off side is not viewed as that.@Gawie Genia moving to flyhalf cost them the rhythm and ALL teams will try slow the ball down at ruck time which the Reds also did on a few occasions.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-23 13:36

      What about obstruction running and playing man without ball from the Reds, this happened for 80min?? Forward passes?? Reds = Sore and Bad Losers.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-23 18:44

      Thought it's only Saffas that complain about the refs ?

      Caleb - 2012-07-23 22:55

      Hahah Hans, obviously you were not reading comments on this forum after the world cup- then you know what sore and bad losers are.

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-23 23:45

      @ Caleb.Now then,what does the outcome of the Sharks/Reds game tell you?I wil give ypu a clue..."Bryce Law**** "

      Caleb - 2012-07-24 03:00

      @ thePenis- please dont comment, your nonsensical ramblings never make any sense, and you just embarass yourself- Let the adults talk.

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-24 10:23

      Caleb, the problem with our Boks then was not so much the players, and perhaps Bryce was absent on the day, but the real problem was that we had a clown at the helm of the coaching outfit. Heyneke is another cattlle of fish, and we have seen it in the performance against the Poms. The Reds are basically your National representation, and they got hammered by a Surfing Club.

  • gordon.mazibuko - 2012-07-23 11:01

    As mercurial as Quade can be he is also a dirty player at the best of time. Watch when Australia play New Zealand and you will see how he makes it his business to try and get up MaCaw and Carters noses by any means necessary. Genia must just lump it because they all praised Bryce Lawrence after the after he handed them a semi Final last year plus in all honesty 27-17 with 15mins to play still means 2 scores? He was also very quiet about the Bosman/Bresslar 'knock on' at try time? 34 - 17? No reff could have saved the Reds as they were blitzed in the first half and stone walled in the second.

  • margaretha.freyer - 2012-07-23 11:22

    what happened to good sportsmanship?even after the game Genia was a sore loser let me not get started on the commentators...??Sharks were the better team even with cooper they wouldn't have survived.i wished that the sharks and stormers played final as it would be too much for the sharks to travel,but i have faith in my team...good luck both teams though...go sharks

  • stephan.kriel1 - 2012-07-23 12:10

    What about Frans steyn?? Reds must be proud of the results because it could have been worse if Frans steyn was allowed to play!

  • steven.loots.33 - 2012-07-23 14:33

    Voertssek, gaan spring saam met julle kangaroos. Cooper gaan hom weer in n besering in sidestep.

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-23 23:28

    Yes,let him throw all his toys out off the cot.Would not have made a difference anyway,but the dangerous tackle resulting in his one match ban could not be overseen just because he is Q.C. from Oz.

  • SpringBok - 2012-07-23 23:44

    for the first time ever after the sharks game on saturday, the panel on sky sports(uk) yawn fitzpatric, michael lynagh and tinus delport along with host james gemell all had something to say about kaplans reffing of the game and how the poor reds suffered. now i can understand sour grapes from the kiwis and aussie but the fact that tinus didnt have the balls to actually stand up for the team he once played for pissed me off, i mean im stoked we won and maybe we did have a bit luck go our way, but how often does this happen to south african sides when playing antipodean opposition?? anyways tinus you softc@ck grow a pair!! sharks forever

  • goofree - 2012-07-24 04:45

    Do the crime Cooper and do the time you should tweet on your own lap top not one taken from Girls without their knowledge

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