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George Hook Fires More Shots At Another Kiwi

George Hook Fires More Shots At Another Kiwi
By Conor O'Leary

Just two weeks after his final RTE Rugby broadcast, George Hook remains in the rugby public's consciousness in his weekend column for the Irish Independent.

Back in the Six Nations, Hook gained a lot of attention for his "second-rate foreign player" jibe at Kiwi-born Irish international Jared Payne. It always seemed very harsh given the clear ability and good performances of the Ulster back in the tournament.

Now though, with Leinster the final Irish province in the Champions Cup, the majority of the focus is on them this weekend. Hook has taken this opportunity to make another swipe at Gopperth.

The New Zealander has been on the receiving end of a lot of flak in his time with the eastern province, perhaps a lot of it unfair. O'Connor has tasked Gopperth with most of the big games at outhalf ahead of fan favourite Ian Madigan.

Hook isn't a fan:

I have zero faith in Jimmy Gopperth's ability to get the best out of his back-line.

Hook doesn't believe that Gopperth can play an expansive game, and this means that he thinks Leinster need to play tight if they are to beat the midlands club.

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This is despite Gopperth displaying flashes of his ability whenever O'Connor allows Leinster to play with freedom. One of the best examples of Gopperth sensing an opportunity to create is during his early Leinster career when his movement off the ball in the background before the ball is passed creates an overlap and subsequent linebreak:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD7LnCAjbbU

[Irish Independent]

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