No mental scars for Wallabies

International

Wallabies halfback Will Genia took much of the heat for Australia’s loss against Scotland in June, but the veteran says he’s moved on from that surprise result.

Genia said in June that he felt he was responsible for some crucial moments in the June defeat, but on Friday said he’d put that out of his mind.

“Nah, not at all, that's done,” he said.


“I honestly haven't thought about it, I’m just looking forward to getting out and finishing the year off on a high, making sure that we can send Squeak (Stephen Moore) out a winner and the focus has firmly been on preparing this week and getting a good win.”

Defence coach Nathan Grey said external expectations or opinion hadn’t affected the side.

“The motivation for us is to deliver on the way we play and the standards we hold ourselves to,” he said.

“That's the biggest motivator for us, we're very clear with how we want to play and how we want to represent ourselves and our families and our people.

“That's something we hold closest to our quarter around delivering on Saturday afternoon.

Grey said Scotland’s back three would pose a threat for Australia in their final Test of the year.


“If you provide them with any turnover ball and any unstructured opportunities, they're exceptional in terms of one - finding space with their feet but also identifying poor defenders, defensive lapses in your defensive line and being able to capitalise on that.

“Finn (flyhalf Finn Russell) backs himself to carry through a whole team anyway, he's a very skilful player.

“That's one side of it and obviously their defensive breakdown’s very good.

“Tattsy's (Scotland defence coach Matt Taylor) got them very well organised and very strong on the ball, so that's an area where we have to really be on our game to make sure we can play the way we want to play.

Australia has been punished at the breakdown in recent Tests, with skipper Michael Hooper yellow-carded twice.

Australia takes on Scotland on Saturday November 25, kicking off at 2:30pm local, Sunday 1:30am AEDT, LVE on beIN Sports and SBS Viceland.