Tries not all important, says Deans
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says people are too hung up about his side’s lack of tries, as Australia endures its leanest try-scoring season of the professional era.
Deans maintains last Saturday’s tryless 18-18 Bledisloe Cup draw with the All Blacks in Brisbane was a good spectacle and contained plenty of passages of attractive rugby.
The Wallabies have scored just 12 tries in 11 Tests this year, an average of 1.09 a game, compared to the All Blacks’ 33 tries in 10 Tests at an average of 3.3 a match.
Overall, Wallabies teams averaged 3.15 tries a Test since the game went professional in 1996 and the only other year they have scored less than two a match was also under Deans in 2009.
Deans was asked on Thursday if he’d like to see the Wallabies score more tries on the upcoming four-Test tour of Europe which begins against France in Paris on November 10.
“Obviously you like to score tries but ultimately you like to win,” Deans said.
“I think people get hung up with tries being scored and not scored.
“What you want to see is expansive and ambitious play and there was ample of … both of those elements last week.”
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen described the Brisbane Test as the ugliest game he’d been involved in but Deans disagrees the match was a shocker to watch.
“I don’t think so. That was a great spectacle last week. If you look at it from a written word perspective there were six penalties a side, it was a great contest,” Deans said.
“There was lots of movement, there was width in both teams’ attacks.
“They deny you access to the tryline but the good thing was we were able to deny them access as well and that’s the nature of international rugby now.
“The ante has gone up. Normally post World Cup it seems to abate a little bit but I think what you’ve seen this year is the intensity of games and the resistance in the defensive lines has been retained from the World Cup where you’ve got the ultimate incentive.
“It hasn’t abated at all and teams are very loathe to let tries in … it’s getting harder (to score tries).”© AAP 2013
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