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Reds still weighing up appealing Cooper ban

Queensland Rugby are considering appealing Quade Cooper's ban

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Article Published: Wednesday 18 July 2012|

The Reds say that they are still seriously considering lodging an appeal against Quade Cooper's one match ban for a dangerous tackle and they will speak to SANZAR about before making a decision.

Cooper was handed a one-match suspension following a four-and-a-half hour hearing via video conference under SANZAR Judicial Officer Paul Tully on Monday, which ruled the playmaker contravened Law 10.4 (e) Dangerous Tackling when he made contact with the chest and neck of Waratahs player Berrick Barnes.

Coach Ewen McKenzie and the Reds team have been instructed to focus solely on their preparations for Saturday night's Super Rugby Qualifying Final against the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium while Queensland Rugby (QRU) Chairman Rod McCall, CEO Jim Carmichael and their legal representatives consider Monday night's judgement.

McCall and Carmichael believe QRU presented a strong case with the necessary evidence during the video conference hearing to argue Cooper's tackle did not reach the Red Card threshold and therefore did not warrant a suspension. McCall also believes that there may be a case for an appeal around the process of the hearing.

"We are obviously particularly sensitive to not disrupting the Reds team dynamics and preparation in launching an appeal at this late stage, however by not receiving the formal judgement until 8pm Tuesday after the decision was handed down on Monday evening, time is getting away from us in what was already a short preparation," McCall said.

"Under the current SANZAR protocols if we were to launch an appeal we would lose at least a further day of preparation with Ewen and Quade who would both be required to fly to Sydney for another hearing.

"However we are cognisant of the need to support our player if we feel he has been treated harshly and in our opinion we still strongly believe the tackle did not warrant suspension.

"After taking the advice of legal representatives, the QRU first intends to discuss the matter further with SANZAR before making a decision whether to launch an appeal within the allowed 48-hour period."

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