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Quade unfazed by form

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Sportal.co.nz     13 Oct 2011     Getty Images

Speaking publicly for the first time since his erratic performance in Sunday's miraculous victory over South Africa, the controversial first five-eighths insists he is in good spirits and has no concerns over his own form.

"I think having a good game is going to play second fiddle to winning the game, I don't care if I have a shocker and we win as a team," a relaxed Cooper told a packed media conference in Auckland on Wednesday.

"On the weekend we got through the game and we found a way to win, so it's about winning the game as a team as opposed to having a good performance for yourself."

"I'd rather walk off the field as a winning team than walk off having the greatest game of my career and losing the game."

The Kiwi-born 23-year-old has become public enemy No.1 in New Zealand in recent months, due mainly to his running on-field feud with much-loved All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

Coach Robbie Deans conceded the intense scrutiny on Cooper's every move may have contributed to his off night against the 'Boks.

But the ultra-confident No.10 insists the extra attention is not weighing him down.

"I don't feel that it is (affecting my game), it's been a tough competition and we've been up against very good opposition throughout the World Cup and this week's no different," he said.

"We're up against the No.1 team in the world and the guys who are supposed to win this World Cup so it's going to be a tough game."

"If it's a packed stadium you can hear noises in the crowd and obviously I know their directed at me from everything that's been written, but it's not a distraction, it's just part and parcel of the game."

Cooper's form has been the hot topic in Auckland this week.

Legendary Wallabies winger David Campese is among those to offer his advice this week after urging the flashy five-eighths to become more of a team player.

Informed of Campese's comments, Cooper quipped: "Coming from a guy like that? I think I'll take the advice of my team-mates and my coaches that I have around me rather than outside influences."

"Cheers for the advice Campo but I've got a lot of guys around me that are supportive."

Meanwhile, Cooper confirmed New Zealand Rugby Union officials attempted to lure him back to play for his home country before he made his Test debut for the Wallabies in 2008.

He said it would have been 'a pretty stupid move on my behalf if I was to move back to New Zealand' because his entire family had already relocated to Brisbane to be closer to him.

The Wallabies remain 'optimistic' gun fullback Kurtley Beale will overcome a hamstring strain in time for the clash.

Prop Sekope Kepu (ankle) also sat out the side's first field session of the week but is expected to be available, while Pat McCabe trained strongly despite dislocating his shoulder on Sunday.