One Percenters: Maddocks following father's flyhalf footsteps

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips and Beth Newman

Another helter skelter week of rugby is in the books and a few stories have slipped through the cracks.

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Maddocks following father's flyhalf footsteps

Rebels hat-trick hero Jack Maddocks certainly has the lineage to have a good crack at playing flyhalf at the highest level, a desire he expressed prior to Melbourne's win over the Sunwolves.

His father Peter made a pretty good fist of it when he played for Northern Suburbs in Sydney’s Shute Shield competition in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

We hear many good judges felt that dad Peter was on track for major honours in his rugby career, but a couple of nasty arm breaks cut a burgeoning career short.

Some even rated him as a talent good enough to have challenged the great Mark Ella and there is plenty of dad Peter in Jack's loping style of running.

After one of the arm breaks surgeons pondered whether he would be able to keep the arm, such was the nastiness of one infection he picked up.

Life after his on field career led Peter to coaching, where he won lower grade titles at Norths before linking with Eastern Suburbs, where young Maddocks played his Shute Shield prior to being picked up by Melbourne.

Aussie girls get in the ring

The Australian Women's Sevens squad joined their male counterparts in Las Vegas for a set of tune up starts against the USA prior to the Commonwealth Games but they paid a quick visit to the home of UFC on the way.

Some team staff threw a few playful shadow punches but we hear the girls stayed clear of the octagon.

Cooper fights fan

Quade Cooper had a run in with a pair of fans this week.

They weren't rugby fans, though, with a precariously placed fan in Cooper's gym seemingly giving him strife on two occasions.

There's little movement on the mercurial flyhalf's playing prospects.

At this stage, his next start will be Souths' season opener against Easts on April 7.

Kings claim Ella 7s

The Southern Kings claimed the Ella 7s at Coffs Harbour yesterday, edging Bourke in a thrilling 15-14 final.

Injured Aussie 7s star Maurice Longbottom was on hand to present the winners with their trophy in Coffs Harbour.