Planet Rugby

Mowen hails Cooper's impact

02nd December 2013 05:22

Share:

ben mowen quade cooper australia

Side by side: Cooper & Mowen

Australia captain Ben Mowen praised the influence of Quade Cooper in the Wallabies' 30-26 win over Wales in Cardiff.

Cooper was electric in a Man of the Match performance that saw the fly-half display his full range of handling and footwork skills, as Australia picked up a ninth consecutive win over Warren Gatland's side.

The win was the Wallabies' sixth in 12 matches since new head coach Ewen McKenzie took over as head coach this year.

"I thought Quade was outstanding in his 50th game, but in saying that the guys either side of him really helped," said Mowen.

"That nine-ten-12 channel really directed the way we wanted, but there were also a couple of moments of individual skill.

"Not many people can execute that in touch-footy in the back-yard, let alone at the Millennium Stadium in those sort of circumstances.

"You can't say enough about what sort of bloke Quade is and what contribution he's made.

"He has turned into an outstanding leader, and when he is performing, generally the team is performing very well. That shows a lot about the respect he carries in the group."

Looking back on the year, Mowen believes that the resilience shown by the Wallabies in the closing stages in the Millennium Stadium will stand them in good stead for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Australia have been drawn with Wales and England in Pool A.

"We played so well in attack at periods in that game, but a side like the Welsh are always going to come back and have points in them," added Mowen.

"But I thought the resilience we had in the game, and to close that game out was outstanding. It just says a lot about the resilience of the group.

"We've obviously had a lot of ups and downs this year, but from where we were to where we are has been a really important step.

"Upon reflection, there will be happiness in the way we are going. We firmly believe we can get to the point we need to be come the (2015) World Cup."

  • International Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Saturday , November 22
Italy vs South AfricaItaly vs South Africa Preview
Scotland vs TongaScotland vs Tonga Preview
Ireland vs AustraliaIreland vs Australia Preview
Wales vs New ZealandWales vs New Zealand Preview
England vs SamoaEngland vs Samoa Preview
France vs ArgentinaFrance vs Argentina Preview
Saturday , November 29
Wales vs South Africa14:30
England vs Australia14:30
More International Match fixtures
  • International Results
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
International Match
Sunday , November 16
Ireland 49 - 7 GeorgiaIreland vs Georgia Report
Saturday , November 15
Romania 13 - 18 JapanRomania vs Japan Report
Wales 17 - 13 FijiWales vs Fiji Report
England 28 - 31 South AfricaEngland vs South Africa Report
France 29 - 26 AustraliaFrance vs Australia Report
Scotland 16 - 24 New ZealandScotland vs New Zealand Report
Tonga 40 - 12 USATonga vs USA Report
Friday , November 14
Italy 18 - 20 ArgentinaItaly vs Argentina Report
Canada 13 - 23 SamoaCanada vs Samoa Report
Saturday , November 8
Italy 24 - 13 SamoaItaly vs Samoa Report
More International Match results