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Friday, April 01, 2011

Quade Cooper's audacious stepping and crosskick

Quade Cooper's audacious stepping and crosskick

Quade Cooper has been up to his tricks again, with two sensational moments in particular standing out in the past two weeks After many requests, here they are.

Against the Rebels Cooper produced a similar hop, skip, and sidestep to the one he did to Cory Jane in the Tri Nations last year. On this occasion was two players he beat though, with ease.

That was two weeks ago, and in the last round of Super Rugby cooper pulled out a trick that has probably not been seen before in pro rugby- a 40m kick-pass from behind his own tryline.

While there was advantage to the Reds for a Cheetahs knock-on, Cooper has since said that he wasn't aware of it, and it just seemed natural to go for the kick, mostly based on the 29-3 scoreline at the time. The match ended 41-8 incidentally.

"I just looked up and they weren't putting too much pressure on me," Cooper explained. "Digby was out there, no one on him. If I could throw the ball that far, I'd have passed it to him but obviously I can't throw a pass 40m so I kicked the ball to him and he nearly turned it into a try.

"I just got the ball to him as quick as possible and he runs 50m and palms a few blokes off and we just drop the ball with the link pass. So we have to get better at finishing that sort of stuff. People say it's risky, but if you trust your players I don't see it as being risky."

If it had come off it would have been outstanding, and another rap for the gifted Wallaby playmaker. His Reds teamate Will Genia wouldn't have been to surprised. "He does what he does. Sometimes he's an absolute shocker, but you wouldn't ever try to curb him," said Genia.

Both moments of magic are posted below in a short playlist

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