7 Aug 2008

Wallabies won't ditch lineout tactic

7:39 am on 7 August 2008

Australian rugby's set piece coach Michael Foley believes inaccuracy was the reason behind the Wallabies' lineout meltdown in Auckland.

The lineout has been a strength of Australia's game in recent seasons but the Wallabies lost eight on their own throw in Saturday's 39-10 loss to the All Blacks.

The Wallabies went into the game with a shorter lineout than usual following a foot injury to the blindside flanker Rocky Elsom who was replaced by the much shorter specialist openside Phil Waugh.

But Foley says lack of accuracy and execution was the main reason Australia's lineout faltered, not the lack of another tall back rower.

He says Elsom probably stood a better chance of playing in the next Tri-Nations Test against South Africa than fullback Adam Ashley-Cooper, who broke a hand in Auckland.