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Just_win

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Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 17, 2013, 21:39:34

 Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie insisted his team step up the "physical" side of their game and "fight fire with fire" when they meet the Springboks in Cape Town later this month.


Australia, who have not won at Newlands since 1992, secured their first win under McKenzie's stewardship when they edged Argentina 14-13 in Perth at the weekend.

It has not been the dawn of a new age the Wallabies had preached since McKenzie replaced Robbie Deans as senior national coach.

However, the former test prop has rejecting any talk of a crisis and said he is busy plotting a first win over South Africa in Cape Town in more than two decades.

McKenzie's appointment in the wake of the British and Irish Lions series defeat provoked a wave of optimism in Australia, but that was quickly dissipated by two defeats at the hands of New Zealand and a humbling 12-38 home loss to the Springboks in Brisbane - where South Africa had not won since 1971.

McKenzie on Tuesday recalled veteran prop Benn Robinson for the Wallabies' Rugby Championship tour to South Africa and Argentina, while James Horwill was named captain in place of Ben Mowen.

Robinson, who played in the recent losing series against the British and Irish Lions and is a veteran of 59 Tests, was the major omission in new coach Ewen McKenzie's initial squad for the tournament.

However, he has been drafted in to stabilise Australia's shaky pack.

Horwill, who has missed the past two Tests, returns after recovering from a left hamstring strain, is expected to add size and nous to the forward pack.

"South Africa and Argentina are always brutal games, so you need to give an edge to physicality in your selections," McKenzie explained the recall of Robinson.

"You need to fight fire with fire to some extent and it's pretty clear that we've brought in added size as well as more experience for these next two games."

McKenzie said the tour of South Africa and Argentina would be important in terms of building confidence and a winning mentality within the group.

"I don't think anyone is going to back us to win these next two games, but there is a terrific opportunity to continue to improve and surprise a few people," he said.

"There is a good vibe in the group at the moment with some emerging confidence and experience.

"We'll go over there with a strong mindset, the right attitude and with a really good chance to finish positively in the competition."

Troubles with the scrum under the new laws have only been the most obvious of the problems for a team that has shipped 13 tries in its four Rugby Championship Tests, but McKenzie was in no mood for crisis talk.

"You can get bogged down in how people want to describe things. I want to see progress," he told a group of reporters.

"I've definitely seen progress in parts of the game. There are parts we need to do better at, there's no question about that.

"But I'm looking at other games and I'm not seeing the scrum outcomes in New Zealand-South Africa game, the first five went to penalties. You're not seeing clear outcomes anywhere.

"So, they're things we're going to keep working on, if you get a bit of stability and a bit of consistency."

So despite the recent 26-point drubbing at the hands of the Boks in Brisbane and the fact that the Wallabies have not won at Newlands since McKenzie helped them do so in 1992, he said his team would approach the September 28 fixture with confidence.

"It's not like they were way out of our league," he insisted, adding: "We're not going to go there to make up the numbers, we've put a lot of thought into the potential composition of the team and how we might go about it.

"We didn't get to the gameplan we wanted to last time and so we've still got stuff up our sleeve we haven't tried yet.

"But you've got to be able to impose yourself physically on the game, that'll be an important part of it."


Just_win

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RE: Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 17, 2013, 21:44:10

Yeah, good luck with that Ewen.


ntanga

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RE: Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 17, 2013, 22:19:36
If the Wobles loose this match, McKenzie will be up against it, the Ausie media will have no mercy for him. Their scrum is more likely to be found wanting again.

Look forward to that one too, and the Boks will need to win by massive margin


hakwa

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RE: Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 18, 2013, 11:25:58

I am looking forward to this Test actually! To enjoy Link's "Dumb down" approach/game-plan!


Boklogic

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RE: Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 18, 2013, 11:40:47

 ha ha comedy central..This Wallaby team wouldnt over power the Grey college pack!


Wardad

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RE: Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 18, 2013, 11:54:04

 Maybe "Lets get physical " is referring to the old OLivia Newton John  song from the 80s ?


CleanCut

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RE: Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 18, 2013, 12:26:05

 

Can't wait to see Bismarck loosed on these chumps.

 

We need a 5 pointer to stay in contention.

 

Du Preez will probably get the run on 9 jersey .. would prefer Vermaak ... but rather Du Preez than Pienaar.

 

 


sasuke uchiha

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RE: Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 18, 2013, 12:56:24

wallaby confidence too low.

Bok rage, too high.

no one can see the wallabies beating the Boks at home given how kak they have been in the RC/4nats so far, but that could be just the edge they needed, the underdog tag.

wouldnt write of the wallys, but Boks by 17.

still LMAO at all the comments from the aussies leading up to the 1srt bledisloe, my my my where is link the messiah now, oh right on the sideline chatting up dorris the sandwhich lady, :oP


Beeno1

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RE: Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 18, 2013, 12:57:29

The Wobblies have not clicked yet but its the begining of a new era for them. Boks had better be ready for a big match. Horwill and Robinson will add to the packs efforts.

Du Preez being back could be very big for us. He simply thinks faster than any other player. 

But saying the wobblies could get physical with the Boks is about as funny as saying the abs will! Bwahhahahahahaha

 


carpetmuncher

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RE: Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 18, 2013, 15:33:11

absolute joke as the wallies pack is as physical as toilet paper.

 

the wallies will do good to lose this by about 15 points i reckon. the real test for the boks will be ellis park


clevermike

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RE: Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 18, 2013, 15:42:53
That will be the wrong way for the Wallabies to try and win the match. They must take the ball wide out and beat the slow and immobile Boks loosies to the breakdowns - that could beat the Boks. Physically they would never get a look in.

Meyer apparently does not intend to start with Bismarck - that gives the Wallabies an extra chance in that game.

Play at speed - that is the answer.


carpetmuncher

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RE: Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 18, 2013, 16:11:59

i agree mike speed will always have our boys in danger as they have to lumber that big bodys around the park. the thing is about new lands is that the pitch itself is a lot thicker under foot than a lot of people know so i am not sure that the wallies can go much uptempo. if ewen tries to grind it up with the boks pack expect long hard day at the office for ewen


Just_win

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RE: Ewen McKenzie : Wallabies to 'get physical' with Boks
September 18, 2013, 18:00:56

Reading this article the song "dream the impossible dream... "  comes to mind not "the wonderful wizzard of oz..." as ewen has not proven to. be a wizard so far, lol.

Out muscling the Bok pack, that's a joke but the oz team do need to have that as a goal as they need a much better performance from the forwards to win some ball for the backs & to try & keep some ball once won . IMO it will be a long day @ the office for oz. maybe if the Bok game plan includes aimless kicks to the oz backs they will have a chance.


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