David Pocock makes Super Rugby return in Brumbies' win over Reds, wants to end knee injury talk

Posted February 14, 2015 10:09:43

Brumbies flanker David Pocock cannot wait for the day when all the talk of his horror back-to-back knee injuries is finally behind him.

But that will not be until the Wallabies back rower strings at least two Super Rugby matches together, quipped his coach Stephen Larkham, who was on a high after Pocock led his side to a 47-3 thumping over the Queensland Reds in Canberra on Friday night.

Reds fans played down the return of Pocock ahead of the clash, with punters joking in rugby forums that the burly environmentalist would not be a presence at the breakdown because he would be too busy chaining himself to the goalposts.

But it was Pocock who had the last laugh.

He was outstanding for 80 minutes in his first Super Rugby match since tearing his ACL 12 months ago for the second time, while Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore was also solid in his 30-minute return from knee surgery.

I loved it. It was a really good way to start the year.

David Pocock

In picking up the man-of-the-match award, Pocock made a game-high 11 runs and constantly slowed down the Reds' ball at the ruck.

"I loved it. It was a really good way to start the year," Pocock said.

"It hasn't worried me (people talking about my knee), I'm feeling good. But I'm looking forward to the day when people don't ask about it."

Moore, who tore ligaments in his left knee during his Wallabies captaincy debut last June, was similarly chuffed post-match.

Despite a severe case of pre-match nerves, Moore said his knee felt "really good" out on the pitch.

"It was my first game for eight months, I've never been through that before," he said.

"I just tried to think of my job out there and luckily the boys had the game set nicely up.

"I was pretty tired, it was my first hit-out. But it's good to have the first one out of the way."

The duo will now turn their attention to round two away to the Chiefs next Friday in New Plymouth.

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Updated February 14, 2015 13:17:46

Tens of thousands of people are again lining the streets of Perth to watch a giant marionette walk through the city as part of the Perth International Arts Festival.

The six-metre tall little girl giant is today continuing her search for a second giant, an 11-metre deep sea diver who has been resting outside the Perth train station.

The two figures are due to meet on Sunday at Langley Park and leave on a barge on the Swan River.

The performance, The Incredible and Phenomenal Journey of the Giants, attracted an estimated 180,000 people to the city on Friday, and bigger numbers are expected today.

The little girl giant is operated by a team of 25 people, pulling strings to make her limbs move.

Yesterday the girl travelled several city blocks before resting in a deck chair at Wellington Square and reading from a giant book.

The $5 million event is expected to draw in more than one million people over three days.

Information on finding and following The Giants is at Perth Festival website.

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