We let ourselves and the nation down: Polota-Nau

by Sam Phillips

Tatafu Polota-Nau knows the Wallabies let the nation down against Scotland.

But the ever-optimistic hooker wants to use the loss as an opportunity to bounce back, rather than dwelling on the mistakes of the weekend.

"To be honest, I haven't been listening to the commentary but I'm sure it will be one of passion," he told RUGBY.com.au.

"I feel like it's an emotional reply so we take that on board as players but also as an organisation.It's back to Ballymore and back to basics for the Wallabies this week. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"We did let ourselves down but I think we let the nation down as well.

"In saying that, it's a great opportunity to get back on the horse and show what we are capable of."

Polota-Nau told RUGBY.com.au of his desire to be the best hooker in the country before a ball had been kicked in 2017 and he has subsequently lifted his game to that standard.Stephen Moore and Polota-Nau have been fighting for a starting spot for several years now. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyHe is the best scrummaging hooker, carries the ball over the gain line with regularity and is a leader defensively.

"I think I'm just playing a role in the 23," Polota-Nau said.

"We have our roles as starters and finishers and I am privileged to get the starting position.

"I think Stephen Moore has been doing a great job in terms of finishing and our relationship has been going for so long so we know each other and we are both capable of doing either job."

Where Polota-Nau's did game falter at the weekend, though, was the lineout.

There were a pair of overcooked throws early in the second half that the 31-year-old put down to timing.

"We didn't capitalise on our opportunities," he said.

"I think there were a couple of mauls that we could have capitalised on to score some tries but in saying that, we were met with a really classy Scottish defence."

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