22 Aug 2013

Australia need to take try-scoring opportunities

6:39 am on 22 August 2013

Ewen McKenzie has repeated his mantra of last week that his side must score tries if they are to beat the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday and keep their quest for the Bledisloe Cup alive.

The Wallabies arrived in Wellington on Wednesday licking their wounds from a 47-29 thrashing in Sydney at the hands of an All Blacks side that was supposed to be vulnerable in the opening match of the Rugby Championship.

World leading points scorer Daniel Carter was ruled out early in the week, inside centre Ma'a Nonu was under an injury cloud while captain Richie McCaw was playing his first high intensity match since returning from a six-month break.

The Wallabies, however, looked toothless in attack against a ferocious All Blacks defence that only conceded two tries. The first was a runaway from a botched lineout throw by the All Blacks, while the second was after the fulltime hooter.

McKenzie says they did a lot of good things and their attacking game wasn't too bad, while they had 60 percent possession and a lot of ball movement.

But the new coach wants to make sure they score tries when they make line breaks, because they often turned the ball straight over instead and the All Blacks are very good at capitalising on that.

McKenzie also wants his charges to defend and control the ball better

He appears likely to stick with Matt Toomua over Quade Cooper as starting first-five - Australian media's reported that Toomua has been concentrating on taking the ball to the line in training this week and will be picked again by McKenzie to start the game with Cooper to come off the bench.