Genia: Wallabies need to clean up their act


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    The first time Will Genia encountered the Irish seven years ago he and the Wallabies underestimated them and were sorely punished for their “disrespect”.

    This time it’s ill-discipline rather than arrogance which Australia is railing against when the Six Nations champions aim to break a 39-year drought Down Under.

    Against a well-grooved outfit expert at retaining possession and playing for territory, Genia fears the punishment from Jonny Sexton’s boot if the Wallabies continue to be the “worst” disciplined top-tier side in world rugby.

    The linchpin halfback warned Australia would flounder in the three-Test series if they don’t immediately clean up their act and stop giving away needless penalties.

    “It is going to be huge,” Genia said. “We are the most penalised side in the top 10 nations so if you’re going to give three, six, nine,12 points to a guy (Sexton) who is going to kick them every time you are chasing your tail from the start of the game.

    “It’s something we have had trouble with the last few years and it’s something we really have to fix.”

    On the flip side, the Irish, who held the ball 23 phases in the final play of the game to set up a match-winning Sexton field goal to beat France in their Six Nations opener, are assured in defence and attack.

    “They give away the least amount of penalties out of the top 10 nations in rugby and they hold on to the ball for long periods of time,” he said.

    “It’s going to be a war of attrition in that sense and it’s something we have to be prepared for.”

    It was a war of attrition seven years ago at Eden Park when the Wallabies’ 2011 World Cup campaign went off the rails with a memorable 15-6 boilover.

    Since then, Australia have never fallen into the same trap of taking the Irish lightly but still lost their last two meetings – albeit in Dublin.

    “When I look back there we underestimated them in that (2011) game, which is pretty disrespectful and they taught us a lesson,” he said.

    Despite missing a month of Super Rugby with a knee ligament strain, Genia insists he’s ready to fire if selected as expected on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium.

    The presence of the 88-Test halfback is a massive boost to Australia who always look a far more assured attacking side with him calling the shots.

    There have been fears he won’t be up to the rigours of the Test match arena but the vice-captain denied he’d be underdone.

    “I could have played (on Saturday for the Rebels). I was about 80 to 85 per cent, but I still felt like that if I was out there playing I’d still be hesitating a little bit,” he said.

    The Wallabies are yet to confirm a replacement for injured hooker Jordan Uelese in a sign rookie rakes Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Folau Faingaa will both debut on Saturday.

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    • June 5th 2018 @ 8:50am
      mad mick said | June 5th 2018 @ 8:50am | ! Report

      Will Genia is right about that. Has Cheika got the message though??The coach is the most ill disciplined of all.

      • June 5th 2018 @ 8:58am
        jameswm said | June 5th 2018 @ 8:58am | ! Report

        I guess it helps he’s not on the pitch then.

      • June 5th 2018 @ 8:28pm
        PiratesRugby said | June 5th 2018 @ 8:28pm | ! Report

        Cheika’s name is synonymous with discipline.

        • June 6th 2018 @ 7:25am
          Fionn said | June 6th 2018 @ 7:25am | ! Report

          Hahaha! 😛

    • Roar Guru

      June 5th 2018 @ 4:11pm
      stillmissit said | June 5th 2018 @ 4:11pm | ! Report

      Penalties do not win a lot of matches these days but they lose a fair few. Forwards win matches and at the moment I am not convinced that our forwards can give our backs the quality ball, fast enough and in attacking positions to give us a good chance of winning.

      To wind up the organ grinder again, THE BREAKDOWN IS CRITICAL……Pooper is not the answer. Keep Pocock at 7 and start a ‘real’ 6 and an 8 then we might see. Too late for that call. Anyway, I will get my crash helmet on and watch the game with interest and hoping (not expecting) for a first game win.

    • June 5th 2018 @ 8:53pm
      PiratesRugby said | June 5th 2018 @ 8:53pm | ! Report

      There’s too much shifting around in the Aussie forwards to make up for Hooper’s inadequacies. There was a brief period when the backrow of Fardy, Hooper and Pocock were very effective. Hooper was very much the junior partner in that set up. Our opponents have worked the Pooper out and there’s no replacement for Fardy. I fear what an experienced and cohesive Irish pack will do to us.
      Don’t get me started on the backs.

    • June 6th 2018 @ 8:37pm
      Stu B. said | June 6th 2018 @ 8:37pm | ! Report

      Penalties are dished out for cheating, and I now learn we are the most penalised team in the top ten and to think for all these years I believed only McCaw cheated. I am totaly devastated we are the top cheaters, what true blue could believe this but we can’t scrum,can;t catch and pass,can’t kick have the dumbest coach in Wallaby history, where there is a need their is a way. well worth buying our national cricket side a few beers and take on board a tip or two..

      • Roar Rookie

        June 7th 2018 @ 5:22am
        coldturkey said | June 7th 2018 @ 5:22am | ! Report

        It’s too late to (sand)paper over the cracks.

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