Quade Cooper’s first piece of counterattack magic for 2022


Former Queensland Reds halfbacks Quade Cooper and Will Genia are back with the Hanazono Kintetsu Liners for the inaugural Japan Rugby League One season.

The Kintetsu Liners are in Division Two of the restructured league and unfortunately saw their second clash against the Honda Heat postponed over the weekend.

Cooper, who successfully returned to international duty with the Wallabies last year, will have to wait another week to turn things around for the Liners after a first loss to the Mitsubishi Dynabours in the first round.

Despite a 25-14 loss last week, the Wallabies playmaker demonstrated the silky-smooth skills that always make him one of the most entertaining players in the game.

As he has shown throughout his career, Cooper will dare to play in any area of ​​the pitch, pulling off a bold play here near his own goal line keeping the ball in play with a back hand offload. before backing up again to get another touch. .

He drew in two more defenders and kicked off another offload to give the Liners a big escape inside their own 22.

The trademark long passes were on display with Cooper delivering a pass behind the defence.

However, it was a bold counter-attacking move sparked by Cooper that set up one of the liners’ two tries on the day the flyhalf sent a long kick from Colin Slade into the backfield .

Catching the ball just inside his 22, Cooper attacked the short side throwing a no-look pass and backing inside. Former Wallaby scrum half Will Genia backed inside to take the final pass after the sweeping move.

The Kintetsu Liners resume their campaign when the second round begins this weekend.


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