After this weekend, there is only one round of the regular season in Super Rugby left before the playoffs get underway. It’s been an unforgettable season for the Australian Super Rugby teams with the Brumbies the sole Australian representative in the knockout stages of the competition.
Nevertheless, they still have to play their last regular season games even though their playoff participation is guaranteed. The Brumbies were up against the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium on Friday and fell to a narrow 16-15 defeat to their Australian rivals.
However, they will wonder how this game got away from them, especially when you consider they were gifted a try in the 55th minute when Quade Cooper failed to ground the ball in his own goal area. The ball spilt from his grasp and Kyle Goodwin pounced.
In that situation, Cooper really should have grounded the ball immediately but you will notice he tried to offload it initially before deciding against it. That hesitation cost him dearly as the Brumbies full-back wrapped him up and the ball fell to Goodwin who pounced on it.
Cooper is undoubtedly an exciting player and we’ve seen instances of him in the past attempting to play from dangerous positions such as this but when you consider the conditions and the pressure he was under, he really should have grounded the ball.