18 May 2014

Cooper out for a month

7:31 am on 18 May 2014

The Wallabies first five-eighth Quade Cooper is set to miss next month's Test series against France after suffering a shoulder injury in Queensland's 30-27 loss to the Melbourne Rebels.

The Rebels controversially clinched their first Super Rugby win over the Reds in their four-season history with a late penalty reversal that saw Ed O'Donoghue red-carded for eye-gouging in Brisbane.

The Television match official overruled referee Steve Walsh's penalty when he detected O'Donoghue's hands on the eyes of Rebels skipper Scott Higginbotham.

The former Wellington player Jason Woodward duly kicked the three-pointer to break the deadlock, much to the chagrin of Reds captain James Horwill who claimed O'Donoghue was reacting to a headbutt in his scuffle with Higginbotham.

Horwill after the match said the Reds were once again robbed by a stupid refereeing decision.

It was the Reds' sixth straight loss, their worst streak since 2008, and fourth on the trot at their former fortress.

Cooper is facing a month on the sidelines.