QLD Premier Rugby Round 2: Match Previews

By Michael Atkinson The return of Quade Cooper is complete – that and everything else you need to know ahead of the second round of QPR. Souths vs. Easts – Chipsy Wood Oval, 3:20pm. Let’s start with the obvious: Quade Cooper. The polarising playermaker will take centre-stage this weekend when he leads Souths out in his first game of Premier Rugby of the year. Named skipper of the Magpies, Cooper has been a revelation at Chipsy Wood, by all accounts: ditching his superstar status to help juniors, mentor his team mates and buy drinks at a pre-season camp. At this level, a player of Quade’s ability should be able to do what he wants, when he wants, on the field. Add the fact he will be receiving ball service from former Red and Rebel, Richard Kingi… that’s a scary proposition for the Tigers. This reporter knows life starts at 30 and it was Quade’s 30th birthday yesterday, so there’s extra cause for celebration tomorrow. Atko’s tip: Magpies by 10 Brot
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