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Cooper stays true to his word


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 18 Mar 2010 at 05:31
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Hurricanes coach Colin Cooper, true to his word, axed a number of his frontline players for their trip to Loftus Versfeld and an encounter with the Super 14 competition’s unbeaten defending champions, the Bulls.

Following defeats to the Cheetahs and Stormers in the opening weeks of their South African safari, Cooper promised changes … and he delivered.

Earlier this week Cooper said some of the key players “needed to have a look at themselves” and spoke of a sit-down among the group in which they “confronted a few issues on why we haven’t performed”.

Top of the list of players who felt the coach’s wrath is All Black scrumhalf Piri Weepu, who was dropped to the bench.

Young Tyson Keats will start in the No.9 jersey in one of six changes to the side that lost 13-37 to the Stormers last week.

Even more severe was the punishment for openside flank Scott Waldrom, who did not even make the matchday 22.

Also missing are lock Bryn Evans, wing David Smith and prop Jacob Ellison – while injured Cory Jane has returned to New Zealand after being knocked out cold in a sickening collision with Sireli Naqelevuki last week.

Andre Taylor will start at fullback, Alipati Leiua replaces Smith on the left wing, Jeremy Thrush gets his first start in the second row, after returning from shoulder surgery, and John Schwalger is back at loosehead prop.

On the bench Nick Crosswell is loose forward cover.

Cooper admitted that the tour is not going to get any easier.

“This is a tough country,” he said of the three-match road trip in South Africa.

“Admittedly, we haven’t played well. However, I have a lot of trust in this group that they can come back,” he said in a teleconference call, adding: “I have a lot of trusts in my management, that we have the right coaches here and management here to turn this around.”

The coach said he hopes the changes will help keep the players on edge, as they try to salvaging something from the tour.

After the trip to Pretoria the Hurricanes return home to face the Sharks and Crusaders, before they have a bye in Week Nine.

“When you make changes it puts everybody on edge. It’s very important this game. Our whole focus has been on the Bulls,” he added.

Hurricanes: 15 Andre Taylor, 14 Tamati Ellison, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Alapati Leiua, 10 Willie Ripia, 9 Tyson Keats, 8 Rodney So’oialo, 7 Karl Lowe, 6 Victor Vito, 5 Michael Paterson, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore (captain), 1 John Schwalger.
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Jacob Ellison, 18 Bryn Evans, 19 Nick Crosswell, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 David Smith.

Article courtesy of Rugby 365



21 Comments

  • Even more severe was the punishment for openside flank Scott Waldrom, who did not even make the matchday 22.

    Cooper you fool!!!!!!!!!!!!! Waldrom is in my Fantasy league squad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Please let him play? :oops:

  • Comment 1, posted at 18.03.10 05:57:56 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • And I see the Crusaders have rested Dan carter as well. :sad:

    Crusaders
    Jared Payne, Sean Maitland, Adam Whitelock, Ryan Crotty, Zac Guildford, Colin Slade, Kahn Fotuali’i, Thomas Waldrom, Jonathan Poff, Richie McCaw (captain), Isaac Ross, Sam Whitelock, Owen Franks, Ti’i Paulo, Ben Franks.

    Reserves: Corey Flynn, Wyatt Crockett, Chris Jack, George Whitelock, Willi Heinz, Daniel Carter, Robbie Fruean.

  • Comment 2, posted at 18.03.10 05:59:11 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    I don’t think anyone has any Lions players but here the team is anyway. :wink:

    Earl Rose, Wigan Pekeur, Walter Venter, Doppies la Grange, Wandile Mjekevu, Burton Francis, Jano Vermaak, Todd Clever, Derick Minnie, Cobus Grobbelaar (c), Franco van der Merwe, George Earle, Ross Geldenhuys, Hannes Franklin, JC Janse van Rensburg.

    Reserves: Charles Emslie, Heinke van der Merwe, Willem Stoltz, Robert Kruger/Jacques Lombaard, Jacques Coetzee, Carlos Spencer, Michael Killian.

  • Comment 3, posted at 18.03.10 06:01:03 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    So much for Heinke VD Merwe being the ‘world’s best loosehead’ :roll:

  • Comment 4, posted at 18.03.10 07:18:00 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Carter is/was my captain for this game :evil:

  • Comment 5, posted at 18.03.10 07:23:03 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : They could have rested the whole team except for Carter and still give the Lions a hiding.

  • Comment 6, posted at 18.03.10 07:23:28 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) : Half the guys on the bench is in my FL squad :evil:

  • Comment 7, posted at 18.03.10 07:24:45 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) : Cancerous Earl Rose, the Luke Watson of Lions rugby (Luke was however a real rugby player).

    They drop him and they might even lose by less than 30. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 8, posted at 18.03.10 07:26:57 by FireTheLooser Reply

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  • Go Lions, Crusaders are underestimating you badly.

  • Comment 9, posted at 18.03.10 07:29:15 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 5) :

    Best you change that. :lol:

  • Comment 10, posted at 18.03.10 07:29:25 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 7) :

    Well at least we can say the Sharks are not kak enough for the guys to bring out their B teams when they play us.

    other than that there is NOTHING good about this team selection, it is screwing with my FL. :sad:

  • Comment 11, posted at 18.03.10 07:30:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : who to pick, who to pick :?: :???: :?:

  • Comment 12, posted at 18.03.10 07:37:27 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) : even our defence is better than the almighty Bulls’ :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 18.03.10 07:38:59 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 12) :

    As an Admin on this site I am duty bound to give sound advice even if it is to my detriment, and not be enticed by the devil to give you bad advice in an attempt to better my personal results.

    So in that light I would say pick one of your props as Captain. :roll:

  • Comment 14, posted at 18.03.10 07:39:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 14) : :mrgreen: how did u score for the last round, i only managed 6th? :razz:

  • Comment 15, posted at 18.03.10 07:42:16 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 15) :

    I only Got 5th :shock: :shock: :evil:

    I think Rob deducted points so that it wouldn’t look like we were favouring the Admins on the site. :roll: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 18.03.10 07:43:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JarsonX (Comment 15) :

    Top 10 Round 5 performers.

    1 Ellies XV 668.75
    2 Deysel 15 606.5
    3 StraatKinders 589.75
    4 Quinny’s Sharks 567
    5 Sandsharks 566.75
    6 Jarson’s (X + V) 557.5
    7 Blue Kevan7 554.5
    8 SonetShark 552.25
    9 BLUE WAVE 550.25
    10 Hydras 550.25

    So Ellie scored 618,75 before getting the 50 MVP BPs. I scored 50 less than top spot even before the MVP Bonus was given. :oops:

  • Comment 17, posted at 18.03.10 07:48:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 17) : so close but still so far, man its hard to do great :twisted: i’ll get there one day :razz:

  • Comment 18, posted at 18.03.10 07:59:22 by JarsonX Reply
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  • C’mon people talk to me!!!!!!!!!!! i wanna get this over and done with.

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  • Comment 19, posted at 18.03.10 08:04:30 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 19) : 3772 for me :razz: please, no need to reply :wink:

  • Comment 20, posted at 18.03.10 08:15:52 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 20) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 21, posted at 18.03.10 08:18:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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