Wallabies won’t be nice to New Zealand again
The chastened Wallabies are intent on showing more fire and aggression at the breakdown in their return bout against the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday.
The Australians were keen to keep their work under wraps on Tuesday, allowing media access to just the first 15 minutes of the session.
Outplayed in the 27-19 loss in Sydney last weekend, Australia have targeted an improvement in the contact area after conceding too many turnovers in that game.
“We just let them in to our breakdown and turned over our ball a bit easy,” Wallabies’ lock Sitaleki Timani told reporters.
“I think the thing we need to do is don’t be nice to them at the breakdown.
“Try to get them off our ball and try and get quick ball to the backs to do their job.
“Watching the game they just lay all over our ball and we didn’t really do too much about it.”
Timani backed the new concussion test introduced last weekend after he was one of its first cases, following a clash with teammate Anthony Faingaa.
He said he was asked a few questions and had his balance and memory tested.
“I reckon it’s really good because you can’t really tell if you can still carry on playing when you’ve got concussion on the field,” Timani said.
“I think it’s better to bring you off and do a little test to finalise that you will be alright to play again or stay off the field.”
Widely considered to be one of the better performing Wallabies last weekend, Timani said he had still to produce his best form at Test level and had plenty to work on.
A second loss in as may weeks would allow the All Blacks to win the Bledisloe Cup for a 10th straight year and do serious damage to Australia’s challenge for the inaugural Rugby Championship.
“We have to win this game (on Saturday) to keep the Bledisloe Cup alive, so it’s a do or die game for us from that perspective,” Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore said.
“Likewise the Rugby Championship, we need to pick up points if we want to be in contention for that trophy, so it’s a big game on a lot of different fronts.”© AAP 2013
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