Monday 26 September 2016

Cooper: Rebels need to get physical and work harder

Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30

Cork hurler Bill Cooper warns the Rebels will have to become more physical and increase their work rate. Photo: Sam Barnes / Sportsfile.
Cork hurler Bill Cooper warns the Rebels will have to become more physical and increase their work rate. Photo: Sam Barnes / Sportsfile.

Cork forward Bill Cooper believes the Rebels will have to become more physical and increase their work rate if they are to halt their poor run of form that has seen them lose both of their opening League encounters.

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Kieran Kingston's Rebels have gone down to Galway and Waterford, and head to Croke Park to face Dublin in round three on March 5 in a game they'll likely need to win if they are to avoid getting dragged into a relegation play-off.

"Yeah, that's a fair comment," Cooper replied when asked if the Rebels need to get more physical.

"We definitely have to up our physicality and our work-rate.

"Other teams, the likes of the Kilkennys and Tipps and Galways are hurling at a different tempo.

"Even Waterford the last day, they were comfortable for a clear proportion of the game, so we definitely need to start hurling at a higher tempo and up the work-rate. So that is a fair comment."

Dogfight

However, Cooper denied that Cork are already involved in a relegation dogfight.

"We'll stay positive. It's wide open yet. We take it game by game.

"We're just looking for a performance now and hopefully the result. And we'll take it from there," Cooper said at the launch of the revamped GAA.ie website.

Cork will head to Croke Park without the services of Colm Spillane who picked up a season-ending cruciate injury in the defeat to Waterford.

And while the Leesiders put a staggering 34 points on Dublin when the sides met in the League in Croke Park last year, Cooper believes that will have little influence on the outcome.

"It will be a completely different game," he said.

"They have plenty of motivation going into it especially after the league semi-final last year so we know we'll get a very hard game off them.

"They had a great win the last day so it's an important game for both teams, really."

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