As the All Blacks shut-out the Wallabies, keeping them scoreless for the first time in over 50 years, Quade Cooper held a ‘black-out’ of his own, blacking out part of the adidas logo on his boots.
Wearing the yellow version of the adidas RS7 IIs Cooper’s own performance on Saturday was considerably better than the last time he stepped out on to Eden Park, when he failed to fire in his sides World Cup Semi-Final loss to the All Blacks. But it was all in vain, as the black machine relentlessly rumbled over a Wallabies side whose form continues to worsen in the face of an onslaught of criticism from Australia media, former players and fans alike.
The adidas RS7 II Pro (also known as the adiZero) is adidas’ lightest boot ever, utilising a sprint-skin upper which is softer and stronger than all other synthetics. Midfoot support enhances stability and minimising the threat of injury, while a synthetic print on the inside of the boot increases comfort and prevents slippage.
Another synthetic print on the outside of the boot helps kickers achieve the optimum connection with the ball, and a mix of moulded and removable studs makes the RS7 a versatile, multi-purpose boot.
Cooper has been a polarizing figure ever since he rose to prominence in professional rugby, his ability to turn a game with a moment of utter brilliance often neutralised by a propensity to loose his cool and make poor decisions.
Born in New Zealand, he has been vilified in the kiwis, who were delighted in his poor performance in the world cup semi-final, their behaviour towards him drawing criticism from across the ditch. That same year he had played an integral part, in combination with halfback Will Genia, in steering the Queensland Reds to their first ever Super Rugby title.