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Reds must cut out penalties - Cooper

26th March 2014 07:07

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Bewildered: Quade Cooper

They are the most penalised side in Super Rugby after the opening few rounds, with Reds fly-half Quade Cooper admitting a fix is needed.

The Reds fell on the wrong side of a 13-5 penalty count in their loss to the Lions last weekend, with referee Stuart Berry not scheduled to take charge over the next two rounds.

Adding that some decisions had left him "bewildered", Cooper insisted that the Reds were not the "bad boys" of the competition but that being penalised so often was holding back their game.

"When you are penalised so much it is detrimental to your game so we have to fix that up," Cooper told AAP.

"But the attitude of the boys is the most important thing. We continue to be positive and to work hard.

"Once we get on the field we can't be whingeing."

"As a number ten I am thinking that anyway because most of the penalties are when there is a scrum or a lineout.

"I am not too privy to the majority of the technicalities of it, just like everybody else sitting in the crowd.

"(But) there is nothing to get frustrated about when you know the team is making every effort to win the game."

Asked whether the Reds new reputation meant they were now a target for referees, Cooper didn't have an answer.

"That's a question for the referees," added Cooper.

"We are not going to worry about referees' opinions of the team or ways they might find to penalise us, that's not how we are approaching each game."

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