Fiji Time: 5:21 PM on Monday 29 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Hooper ready to lead Tahs

Aap
Sunday, July 06, 2014

SYDNEY - Newly elevated captain Michael Hooper is vowing to finish the job Dave Dennis started and lead the NSW Waratahs to an historic Super Rugby title.

Hooper admits he was shattered to see Dennis suffer a season-ending knee injury last week with the Waratahs closing in a first ever championship and is promising to lead the side in the same stylish manner in his absence.

"That was a real tough one, seeing Denno go down in that game and then later on to see him afterwards," Hooper said ahead of the Waratahs' high-stakes showdown with the fourth-placed Highlanders on Sunday.

"So he's in the back of our mind and we want to carry forward the job that he's set up so nicely this season."

Hooper says he'll carry the same attacking mindset into the finals.

The classy flanker won't be afraid to go for the jugular.

"It's obviously an on-field thing that you have to weigh up," Hooper said.

"Points on the scoreboard is really important, building pressure, making teams starting to think it's going to take a lot of points to get back maybe even a try to get back.

"That's what you want you want your opposition thinking, so taking shots at goal is really important, however scoring a try can put a team to bed.

"We got a bit of pay out of that on the weekend and we'll be hoping if those opportunities come up, our tails are up and we can take those."

Hooper also claimed the Wallabies captaincy through a knee injury, with hooker Stephen Moore breaking down in his first Test as skipper.








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 0.63920.6202
JPY 50.895347.8953
GBP 0.37390.3659
EUR 0.43980.4278
NZD 0.68750.6545
AUD 0.65400.6290
USD 0.49370.4767

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 29th August 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Division in TISI Sangam
  2. Need for freedom and not freebies, says Rabuka
  3. AGM dispute
  4. Labasa thumps Ba
  5. Ratu Peni Raiyani Latianara
  6. Ryan gifted land in Serua
  7. Heart attack caused death: Police
  8. Road death toll up
  9. Growers leave farming, claims Kumar
  10. Club sells clothing, offers free medical checks

Top Stories this Week

  1. Mata signs new deal Sunday (28 Aug)
  2. Wong helps Rawaca get a gold medal Friday (26 Aug)
  3. 1 charged, 2 under probe for break-in Thursday (25 Aug)
  4. Taliga eyes Tokyo Tuesday (23 Aug)
  5. Veremalua gets help from Ryan on overseas contract Saturday (27 Aug)
  6. 7s top job Tuesday (23 Aug)
  7. 'Ryan a loss' Tuesday (23 Aug)
  8. Violence stops TISI Sangam annual meeting Sunday (28 Aug)
  9. Ryan may return Friday (26 Aug)
  10. Kolinisau surprises fans with Macuata dialect Friday (26 Aug)