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Fainga'a says Cooper will hit straps

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Matt Harris

Reds and Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper.

Reds and Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper. Photo: Getty Images

Wallaby centre Anthony Fainga'a has backed their Queensland Reds teammate Quade Cooper to rediscover his best form after an indifferent display in Australia's 23-19 victory over Argentina.

Cooper has been the subject of criticism stretching back to the Wallabies' semi-final exit against the All Blacks in last year's World Cup. He came under more fire on the weekend, with coach Robbie Deans admitting he was considering taking Cooper off the park.

Anthony Fainga'a believes the constant scrutiny surrounding Cooper's performances have been unjustified.

“I think he's been playing well, he drops a few balls but everyone does," he said.

“There's so much pressure on him. If someone else drops the ball no one talks about it.”

Cooper was guilty of a number of errors against Argentina, most notably a dropped ball, a wayward forward pass and a charged down kick which led to the Puma's opening try.

Cooper's game improved considerably in the second half and Fainga'a said it was only a matter of time until he discovers the type of form which was instrumental in the Reds' 2011 Super Rugby title.

“He toughed it out in that first half and came back in the second and played very clinical, played to our game plan, and we won the game," he said.

“He'll hit his rhythm soon, the more game time he plays the better he will become.”

Anthony Fainga'a and his twin brother Saia will use their time off between the end of the Rugby Championship and the Wallabies' end of season spring tour of Europe to promote the Think Pink Charity Golf Day and Luncheon which will raise awareness for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

The golf day will be held on October 12 at the Hope Island resort on the Gold Coast.

3 comments

  • "Wallaby centre Anthony Fainga'a has backed their Queensland Reds teammate Quade Cooper to rediscover his best form after an indifferent display in Australia's 23-19 victory over Argentina."

    The use of the term 'their' in this sentence speaks loudly to me.
    Was the article originally going to list Reds players who still supported Cooper, but only one could be found?

    "He drops a few balls but everybody does"

    That doesn't make it acceptable - the man is a Wallaby, he should be expected to play like one.

    Commenter
    piru
    Location
    Perth via Rakaia
    Date and time
    September 18, 2012, 5:31PM
    • Is this the same Anthony Fainga'a that said that limited preparation would not be a problem prior to their test against Scotland?

      Commenter
      Kane
      Location
      Dunedin
      Date and time
      September 18, 2012, 7:14PM
      • Boys thats a bit harsh, even notable AB's drop the ball from time to time. But the critics will now have their day . In one Fell swoop they can rid themselves of Deans and Cooper. The injury toll probably means that the naysayers will get their wish and thats for a loss or two in the next few matches and that means arguably our best coach R Deans gets the bullet, good on you Crowden, and Quade is made to feel sufficiently unwanted that he goes to League and progresses to become a superstar. All one has to do is look at few ordinary Wallabies that returned to League to be bigger better and faster, Wendall, Lote, Rogers et al all played better than they had previously upon their return so what will Quade do especially if he is with his mate SBW and then all we will do is lament and wish he would come back to the game we chased him from.
        And who do we put in his place?

        Commenter
        Lindsay
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        September 19, 2012, 10:31AM
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