Super Rugby: Quade Cooper shines as Melbourne Rebels upset Brumbies in tryfest

Super Rugby: Quade Cooper shines as Melbourne Rebels upset Brumbies in tryfest

The 70-Test Wallaby lit up GIO Stadium with great mate Will Genia on Friday night as the Rebels started their season with a 34-27 victory over the Brumbies.

Pocock was not the only Brumby injured in the match.

After an attacking first-half which finished with the Brumbies leading 22-19, the Rebels clamped down on defence as hooker Anaru Rangi and winger Jack Maddocks crossed for tries after the break before Brumbies lock Sam Carter's consolation effort.

Both teams were spreading the ball wide, and the Rebels' Jack Maddocks scooped up a awful kick from Irae Simone inside his 22 to score an easy try to put the visitors in front.

Pulu, who joined the Canberra-based side this season with an eye on forcing his way into Michael Cheika's Wallabies squad, lasted less than 10 minutes with his new club against the Melbourne Rebels before he suffered the injury on Friday.

"He failed his HIA, so there is a concussion there", McKellar told reporters.

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"(Cooper's) probably a once-in-a-generation player, he can do some things that make you go 'gee, how did that happen", Wessels said.

"We know how much flair he can bring, but him and "Willie" (Genia) led us around and even we were down, we felt calm", Haylett-Petty said.

Brumbies coach Dan McKellar told reporters they would need to carefully manage Pocock's return to play given he also suffered head and neck issues a year ago and was ruled out of the Wallabies final 2018 test against England.

Pocock copped a heavy early knock was replaced on the field by former Crusaders flanker Pete Samu and is in doubt to play the Chiefs next Saturday night. "He's obviously had a concussion on the spring tour as well so we'll just do what's in the best interest of Dave".

Former Queensland Reds skipper James Slipper made a solid first appearance in Brumbies colours, playing 50 minutes before swapping with Wallabies prop Scott Sio.

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