QLD Premier Rugby: Magpies won’t head South with Hoffmeyr at No.10

Elia Tuqiri puts faith in fullback-come-flyhalf, Jason Hoffmeyr, after Quade Cooper sidelined – Michael Atkinson reports. When Souths skipper and 70-test Wallaby Quade Cooper left the field in the first half against Wests with a hamstring injury, astute Rugby judges knew it would prove the real challenge of the Magpies’ premiership credentials. Without Cooper pulling the strings and providing his teammates with the immeasurable quality of confidence, Elia Tuqiri’s men were presented with their biggest test of the season. Up stepped Jason Hofmeyr. The talented, South African-raised player filled the Super Rugby Championship winner’s shoes with aplomb; guiding Souths to a 33-31 victory – their fourth from four games in 2018. The value of the recruitment of the former Dragon to Chipsy Wood Oval will be seen this weekend when he pulls on the number 10 in the black and white jersey to face Bond University – his first start in the playmaker’s role, with Cooper ru
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