Fiji Time: 5:14 AM on Saturday 20 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Reds look to Lucas to fill in for injured Cooper

Aap
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

BRISBANE- Queensland Reds' Mr Fix-It, Ben Lucas, will need to be at the height of his powers to fill the boots of Quade Cooper in Friday night's Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders.

The Reds are on a six-match losing streak and the versatile Lucas will have the big playmaking responsibility as they try to turn around their fortunes against the fifth-placed Kiwis.

Coach Richard Graham has indicated the 26-year-old utility will lead his side around Suncorp Stadium with five eighth Cooper sidelined by a season ending shoulder injury.

Lucas earned his spurs after replacing the Wallabies No.10 early in the controversial 30-27 loss to the Rebels and scoring a second-half try which put them back in the contest.

"I thought he played well for the 70 minutes there when he came on," Graham said on Monday.

"He hadn't been there all season and I thought he did a pretty good job."

Graham denied fellow play-making utility Mike Harris's decision to sign with the Rebels, announced on Saturday, had been a factor in his selection.

Harris is set to stay at fullback against the Highlanders, with Lachie Turner's return from a lingering ankle injury put back to after next month's international window.

While there's been speculation the Reds are keen to sign James O'Connor for next season, Graham dismissed that as a reason for Harris's move.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62390.6049
JPY 56.369653.3696
GBP 0.36040.3524
EUR 0.41060.3986
NZD 0.69380.6608
AUD 0.63130.6063
USD 0.50390.4869

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 19th, January, 2018

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Patient info leaked
  2. Four miss out
  3. Stench concern
  4. Men appear in court for separate cases
  5. Ministry looks into Kanailagi case
  6. Ba files protest against Nadi
  7. 624,404 voters
  8. A simple turn of the tap
  9. 4-day water cut for West
  10. Blocked drain an eyesore, health issue

Top Stories this Week

  1. Trip turns tragic Thursday (18 Jan)
  2. Love will keep us together Sunday (14 Jan)
  3. $100 a day Sunday (14 Jan)
  4. Mela beats the odds Thursday (18 Jan)
  5. Capt William calls it a day after 45 years Sunday (14 Jan)
  6. Nadi man dies in crash Wednesday (17 Jan)
  7. National strike if no resolution, says FTUC Sunday (14 Jan)
  8. Tube ride to school Thursday (18 Jan)
  9. Teachers transfer policy Monday (15 Jan)
  10. Man attacks partner Monday (15 Jan)