Have you tried asking your bandmate who is weak at reading to play from a score? I have to tell you it can be a struggle especially with all the syncopated rhythm that are happening to the semi quaver. I wanted to teach this to my young students and have them catch it fast, however it resulted in a huge climb so I decided to get them to sing in code.
Accent on all the 1 on your right hand.
12 1234 1 123 1 1 1234 | 12 1234 1 123 1 1 1234
Is it easier to play the rhythm now?