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Friday, April 01, 2011

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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50 Comments:

  • People who say first are gay!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 01, 2011 6:40 pm  

  • First

    By Anonymous Gareth Thomas, at April 01, 2011 6:41 pm  

  • Seriously now.. cooper manages to make stuff like that look easy. similar to sonny bill williams in that way. most people can do the stuff, but not so easily on the big stage! respect

    By Anonymous Laz, at April 01, 2011 6:42 pm  

  • I think his league background will have helped him here!

    By Blogger Alexander, at April 01, 2011 6:55 pm  

  • Just imagine if digby's pass had been caught, would've been try of the season. Still really risky by cooper though, imagine if digby had dropped the kick or had been tackled in his own try area.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 01, 2011 6:55 pm  

  • wouldnt been that bad if the tackle was made, they had knock on advantage...

    By Blogger nicmaheu, at April 01, 2011 7:06 pm  

  • Awesome. I love the way the commentators were already anticipating something outrageous - "what's he going to do now?"

    The side-stepping is bonkers - if you watch the slow-motion replay he's bounding around like a demented kangaroo, (to paraphrase Mr McLaren).

    By Anonymous Von, at April 01, 2011 7:11 pm  

  • If he ends up in the NRL as keeps being suggested every other month, will be interesting to see him up against Benji Marshall.

    I reckon Benji would run rings around him.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 01, 2011 7:22 pm  

  • haha great one with the first and gareth thomas thing :D

    anyways....
    Cooper has great skills!
    Australias back line is immense!!
    Can´t wait for the world cup and thanks RD for posting this!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 01, 2011 7:38 pm  

  • I guess if cooper would change to league he would might fail because of his defensiv lack!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 01, 2011 7:40 pm  

  • haha, that kick is straight out of the Carlos Spencer playbook for doing something outrageous.

    By Anonymous Ben, at April 01, 2011 8:25 pm  

  • really reminds me of benji marshall with his step, they are both such similar players

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 01, 2011 8:34 pm  

  • Stepped two players and passed the ball... wow

    By Anonymous ElTigre, at April 01, 2011 9:21 pm  

  • Crazy steps but I call BS on Cooper not knowing the advantage was on, the Cheetah knocked on the ball right in front of him!

    Doesn't matter love the vision and would like to see more players trying this stuff, great to watch!

    By Anonymous Canadian Content, at April 01, 2011 9:41 pm  

  • Like tackling an eel

    By Anonymous Canadian Content, at April 01, 2011 9:42 pm  

  • cant wait to see him try that in a wallabies shirt

    he reminds me of one of my prime roosters in the spring not sure why

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 01, 2011 9:49 pm  

  • I still cannot see what all the fuss is about this guy, I think the Wallabies could do better to find an Australian to fill his boots.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 01, 2011 10:48 pm  

  • Nuts love it.. pure cojones.

    By Anonymous gf, at April 01, 2011 11:55 pm  

  • He obviously only did it because he had the advantage since it was a knock on which led to him getting the ball in the first place...

    great skill though from a great player, in both clips

    By Blogger themull, at April 02, 2011 12:34 am  

  • This happens in English rugby all the time, don't see what the fuss is.

    By Anonymous ElTigre, at April 02, 2011 12:38 am  

  • He's not from england so I have nothing positive to say.

    By Anonymous ElTigre, at April 02, 2011 12:41 am  

  • Ha ELtigre I suspect you're a non-Englishmen trying to stir up hatred! Either that or you're being a...

    By Blogger Alexander, at April 02, 2011 3:41 am  

  • Thats the maori sidestep lol lots of maori touch players step the same way.

    By Anonymous coops, at April 02, 2011 4:39 am  

  • They learn to step that way from chasing sheep.

    By Anonymous de ville, at April 02, 2011 4:46 am  

  • De ville dont be stupid... they learn it by running from the cops!! Just kidding.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2011 6:31 am  

  • 'Quade Cooper has been up to this tricks again'

    Fuck, I was wondering where my laptop went!!!!

    By Anonymous (u-p)rick, at April 02, 2011 6:34 am  

  • ^I lol'd.

    By Anonymous sleepyhouse, at April 02, 2011 10:27 am  

  • Had the advantage and failed miserably 30 meters later... against the Cheetahs too. Not impressed, sorry.

    Less Anzac rugby please RD. We know you're South African, you won't be considered biased if you post some South African clips once in a while though. Thanks. (The Fouries tries dont count, they have Oconnor in them)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2011 10:42 am  

  • can some one confirm this for me...is it true that you can do a forward pass in your own try area? cause it looks to me that quade was infront of digby when he made the kick.

    i am assuming a tad bit here, cause after all there is no offside line in the try area

    amsi

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2011 11:43 am  

  • Super rugby ;)

    By Anonymous John F, at April 02, 2011 12:24 pm  

  • ^ what do you mean? quade was in front of digby so there's no offside.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2011 12:25 pm  

  • Did any one see Denis Leamy's crossfield kick from behind his try line??Against ulster on the 1st of january this year.
    NO.8's are awesome:D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2011 1:37 pm  

  • Really? i thought the classic 'Maori' sidestep was to run hard into the defender and flatten him without breaking stride.

    :D

    By Anonymous David, at April 02, 2011 3:59 pm  

  • ^^ No, you're talking about the samoan sidestep lol

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2011 4:51 pm  

  • Random thoughts, just finished watching a top 14 game btwn biaritz n clermont. Couldn't help but notice what great Players Magnus Lund n Brock James are. Nugensyza (bad spelling I know)is exciting as well. Wouldn't u rather c them and the most devastating wing in the British isles... No not Ashton... Tim visser of edinburgh (and holland) in bas bas stripes rather than the current combo of the tri nations along with a few NH player format.

    We've always been very proud of al charrons bas bas status here in Canada, signifying him as one of the games greats. Would love to see the same recognition for other players outside the top countries.

    By Anonymous Canadian content, at April 02, 2011 6:16 pm  

  • whoever number 2 commenter is is a genius. laughed my tits off.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 02, 2011 11:21 pm  

  • really can't see what the fuss is about for these clips, the side stepping! - you see loads of centres doing that all the time, run around 1 player and almost beat another, WA-HEYYYY GET THE MEDALS OUT!!!! :D
    And kick to your winger!!!!!!! LOL f**k!!! What a rarity in professional rugby, a CROSS FIELD KICK!!! sorry about the caps lock, it's for the slower members of the forum (kiwis and aussies). xoxo ;)

    By Anonymous tony, at April 02, 2011 11:33 pm  

  • that step is so like Jason Robinson in his prime! awesome!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 03, 2011 11:03 am  

  • Love the video, but is the generic rock music really that necessary?

    By Anonymous Josh, at April 03, 2011 11:36 am  

  • ^ When there's commentators talking about something completely different over the replay, yes. :)

    By Anonymous Greiffel, at April 03, 2011 11:40 am  

  • Not that impressive. The side-step looked a bit silly, and so did Cooper when he tried to pick up the ball 3 times before the cross-field kick :(

    By Anonymous Ian, at April 03, 2011 1:38 pm  

  • So many people bicthing must be that time of the month?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 03, 2011 3:04 pm  

  • Yeah beating two players one-on-one is really silly..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 03, 2011 3:43 pm  

  • Waste of space?? This stuff is brilliant! Some episodes better than others, true, but still, great addition!

    Keep it going

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at April 03, 2011 10:48 pm  

  • Oops confused the Plays of the week comments with this...

    Anyway, Cooper is brilliant. We Unioners should be praying together to whatever-God-you-believe-in for him to stick to our sport, 'cause he's just pure class. A little bonkers, yes, but shher class.

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at April 03, 2011 10:54 pm  

  • Oops confused the Plays of the week comments with this...

    Anyway, Cooper is brilliant. We Unioners should be praying together to whatever-God-you-believe-in for him to stick to our sport, 'cause he's just pure class. A little bonkers, yes, but shher class.

    By Anonymous Juggernauter, at April 03, 2011 10:54 pm  

  • Like for Benji Marshall, you can only predict than one of these days, his knee will give way in that step

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 04, 2011 1:02 am  

  • Some interesting comments (apparently it's "silly" to step two players).
    It's laughable, because there are only a tiny number of players who step like that in the pro game, and very few players have EVER done a crossfield kick to their winger WHILE BEHIND THEIR OWN TRYLINE.
    Some people really don't know rugby.

    By Anonymous Jono, at April 04, 2011 4:15 am  

  • only reason cooper tried it was because he had advantage from the knock on.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at April 04, 2011 11:51 pm  

  • "Random thoughts, just finished watching a top 14 game btwn biaritz n clermont. Couldn't help but notice what great Players Magnus Lund n Brock James are. Nugensyza (bad spelling I know)is exciting as well. Wouldn't u rather c them and the most devastating wing in the British isles... No not Ashton... Tim visser of edinburgh (and holland) in bas bas stripes rather than the current combo of the tri nations along with a few NH player format.

    We've always been very proud of al charrons bas bas status here in Canada, signifying him as one of the games greats. Would love to see the same recognition for other players outside the top countries."

    Interesting idea Canadian, but the problem with that is the same one that prevents most NH players from being bah bahs.
    Basically it's outside the international window, so the NH clubs (who are in mid-season at that point) don't want to release their players, which is understandable.
    So it ends up being all the SH players who are still in Europe at the end of their November tour.

    By Anonymous Jono, at April 05, 2011 5:32 am  

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