Rebels running on Super instinct: Maddocks

Super Rugby
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by AAP

Winger Jack Maddocks reckons he and Quade Cooper are peas in a pod when it comes to instinctive attack, which helps explain the Melbourne Rebels' bright start to the Super Rugby season.

Maddocks leads the competition try-scoring list with eight while Cooper has bagged the same number of try assists, putting him three clear of anyone else.

Both are confident of advancing those numbers on Saturday when the Australian Conference leaders host the bottom-placed Sunwolves, who are coming off their historic defeat of the Waratahs in Sydney.

Maddocks was set up twice for tries via Cooper's boot in last week's 32-13 thumping of the Queensland Reds and praises the born-again playmaker for a lift in his own form and that of the Rebels.



"It probably looks a lot more planned than it is. He can feel where you are and that sort of stuff," Maddocks said.

"He's one of those instinctive players who has a feel for the game and I am too, we just connect up pretty naturally."

Both are showing the sort of form that will be hard for Wallabies selectors to ignore.

However it isn't a topic of conversation between Maddocks and regular golfing partner Cooper, with both intent on enjoying their rugby.

It's a philosophy endorsed by coach Dave Wessels.

"I think we're all having fun, from 1-15," Maddocks said.

"We all grew up playing rugby for fun. It was never a job back then so I guess we want to keep that going in a professional environment."


Maddocks, 22, is about 4kg heavier and a click or two quicker than last year when he picked up seven caps in his rookie Test season.

He won't look as far ahead as the World Cup and says his Super Rugby numerical feats should count for nothing when it comes to higher honours.

"Try-scoring's the last thing I think about before I run onto the field.

"Sometimes you can play the game before you get out there. I just want to feel natural and play with my instincts."

The battle of the right wings should be a classic at AAMI Park, with the Sunwolves' South African flyer Gerhard van den Heever leading the competition for running metres (608m).

The Sunwolves have tallied more total metres run than any team but missed considerably more tackles.

The Rebels take on the Sunwolves on Saturday April 6, kicking off at 7:45pm AEDT, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO.