Cooper, Barnes to switch roles

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Cooper, Barnes to switch roles

Reds playmakers Quade Cooper and Berrick Barnes could switch positions during their clash with the unbeaten Sharks on Saturday.

Coach Phil Mooney may play a wildcard at this weekend in what he agreed was a “massive” clash for his young, under-strength outfit, who currently sit in 10th place on the Super 14 log.

Cooper has been among the Reds’ best players in the opening four rounds, highlighted by his superb first-half showing against NSW last weekend. But as the Waratahs started to smash the Reds pack, Cooper struggled with his kicking game.

“We actually wanted to (switch them against the Waratahs), and for one reason or another it didn’t occur,” said Mooney. “That’s always an option we’ve got with the flexibility of the two of them.

“Last week I think there was an opportunity for Berrick to go into first receiver and be a bit more direct with our play. It gets Berrick more involved in the game and it also means Quade can be a bit more of a threat a little wider.”