24 Aug 2013

Genia believes Wallabies better off without Deans

7:18 am on 24 August 2013

The Wallabies halfback Will Genia says they're a better side without former Crusaders coach Robbie Deans at the helm.

Australia scored just 17 tries from the last 17 tests of Deans' reign.

Genia voiced his his frustration at Deans' conservative tactics the day before the second Bledisloe Cup test in Wellington, saying it marks the biggest difference under new coach Ewen McKenzie.

While the Wallabies lost the first test in Sydney last weekend they did show attacking flair and ran the ball from their own half.

It was a welcome relief to Genia, who also bluntly intimated James O'Connor was wrongly picked out of position at first five in the series loss to the British and Irish Lions.

The new playmaking pairing of Brumbies duo Matt Toomua and Christian Lealiifano has given the backline greater ability to play expansively, which Genia says makes the Wallabies more dangerous.