Cooper suspended

Reds flyhalf Quade Cooper will miss this Saturday’s play-off against the Sharks after being found guilty of a dangerous play.

Cooper was yellow carded and subsequently cited for a dangerous tackle on Berrick Barnes in last Saturday’s Reds vs Waratahs clash. The Reds playmaker confirmed via Twitter on Monday that the result of a judiciary hearing was a one-week suspension.

‘Thank you for the concern & support! Our team has worked very hard.. the outcome is a week suspension. I have faith in my team & team mates,’ Cooper tweeted.

Reds coach Ewen McKenzie believes that whoever starts in that No 10 position will not let the team down.

‘There’s no doubt that Quade makes a difference for us, [but] Quade’s played in three games and two half-games and we’ve won 11 and we’re in the finals, so we’ve had to do a lot of it without Quade anyway,’ he said.

‘We had a great win against the Chiefs here [in Round 12] and Quade wasn’t playing – Benny Lucas was at 10. So we’ve had to manufacture and work out our plans B, C and D. We got to [plan] F at one point in the 10 position. It’s something you deal with as coach and as a playing group.’