Rugby Championship: Quade Cooper Apologises For Twitter Rants, Michael Cheika Says 'No Punishment' Needed

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Quade Cooper
Australia's Quade Cooper (L) is challenged by Scotland's Nick De Luca during their rugby union international test match at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, November 23, 2013. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT RUGBY)

Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper has apologised for his Twitter tirade after Australia defeated Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Sunday. Wallabies crushed the Pumas, 34-9 to claim Australia’s second consecutive win in the international rugby competition.

Hours after Wallabies’ victory in Mendoza, the 27-year-old Cooper posted an expletive message on Twitter about his reaction to a personal attack from an unknown party as noted by the Australian. Cooper was scrutinized on social media for his performance, which featured a yellow card in the second period after high-tackling Pumas five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez. Cooper eventually tweeted his apologies for the obscene words he expressed.

The Australian playmaker said he was disappointed with himself “getting trapped” in confronting criticisms unprofessionally. Cooper added that he was able to brush off criticisms before, but “this one time” got him to publicly show displeasure.

“This team means so much to me that when people on the outside are throwing stones, it kind of got to me. I shouldn't let that happen but it just shows the passion for this team,” Cooper said, according to Sydney Morning Herald.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika admitted he was disappointed with Coopers’ choice of language and that his player should have been more disciplined in dealing with criticisms, but claimed there will be no punishment for the fly-half.

Wallabies got the needed help from Tevita Kuridrani and Adam Ashley-Cooper’s two tries in the final three minutes to overcome Argentina. Australia now leads the Rugby Championship in point-differentials over New Zealand after two wins from as many games. Wallabies will face the All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday to determine the winner of the four nation tournament.

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