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Cooper makes a strong return to take title
Greg Growden
March 29, 2015
Quade Cooper displayed glimpses of his best in his return from injury © Getty Images

In a not so successful round for the Australian sides, there was one player who proved himself the best and took the title of Player of the Round. In his return from injury, Quade Cooper didn't win the Reds the game, but he did almost everything else, revitalising their attack with his vast array of skills.

Reds 17-18 Lions (video available in Australia only)

Although the Reds went down disappointingly to the Lions, there was one try by Samu Kerevi that showed some razzle dazzle and won Try of the Round. It wasn't his actual try, but the lead up in the previous phase which was outstanding, involving decoy runners and a smart inside pass from Ben Tapuai to Quade Cooper that enabled the try to be scored.

While after four weeks there is a new leader of the Greg Growden Medal Points. Despite the Rebels loss to the Hurricanes, fullback Mike Harris had a strong performance and climbed above fellow team-mate Scott Higginbotham to secure top spot after seven rounds.

Greg Growden Medal Points

Hurricanes v Rebels

7: Nick Stirzaker (Rebels)

6.5: Mike Harris (Rebels)

Reds v Lions

7.5: Quade Cooper (Reds)

7: Jake Schatz (Reds)

Waratahs v Blues

7: Nick Phipps (Waratahs), Michael Hooper (Waratahs), Dave Dennis (Waratahs)

Sharks v Force

7: Ben McCalman (Force)


34: Mike Harris (Rebels)

33.5: Scott Higginbotham (Rebels)

21.5: Nic White (Brumbies)

21: Alby Mathewson (Force), Nick Stirzaker (Rebels)

20.5: Scott Fardy (Brumbies), Bernard Foley (Waratahs), Nick Phipps (Waratahs), Ben McCalman (Force)

20: Michael Hooper (Waratahs)

19.5: Sam Carter (Brumbies)

15.5: Will Genia (Reds)

14.5: Jarrad Butler (Brumbies), Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies), Kurtley Beale (Waratahs)

14: Lopeti Timani (Rebels), Nick White (Brumbies)

13.5: Liam Gill (Reds), Zac Holmes (Force)

13: Sean McMahon (Rebels)

8.5: Israel Folau (Waratahs)

8: Luke Burgess (Rebels), Ben Alexander (Brumbies)

7.5: Adam Thomson (Reds), Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies), Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Kyle Godwin (Force), Quade Cooper (Reds)

7: David Pocock (Brumbies), Scott Sio (Brumbies), Rory Arnold (Brumbies), Robbie Coleman (Brumbies), Jarrad Butler (Brumbies), Sam Talakai (Reds), Lachie Turner (Reds), Matt Toomua (Brumbies), Luke Jones (Rebels), Chris Alcock (Force), Matt Carraro (Waratahs), Adam Coleman (Force), Wycliff Palu (Waratahs), Jake Schatz (Reds), Dave Dennis (Waratahs)

6.5: Angus Cottrell (Force), Henry Speight (Brumbies), Mitch Inman (Rebels), Joe Tomane (Brumbies), Tamati Ellison (Rebels)

6: Rob Horne (Waratahs)

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