Snickers provides sneaky motivation for Kepu

The Rugby Championship
by Sam Phillips

As Sekope Kepu approached the breakdown that proceeded his record equalling fourth Test try, there was one thing on his mind - a Snickers bar.

Kepu drew level with prolific try scorer Ben Alexander for most tries scored by a Wallaby prop in crossing for the five pointer against the Pumas and the 84-Test prop revealed the cheeky motivation as he approached the line.

"That last one on the weekend was down to the work of our front rowers," Kepu said.

"They cleaned past the ball and I actually saw it there like it was a bar of chocolate.

"I saw no one there so I knew I had to get the try or I was in trouble, as I was by myself."The Wallabies battled against the Boks at scrum time in Perth. Photo: WalmsleyWhen pushed for his go to choice of chocolate, Kepu did not hesitate in nominating Snickers, though he was more serious when asked about the improvement in the Wallabies scrum from Perth to Canberra.

Australia struggled against the Springboks pack, particularly in the second half, before dominating the Argentinians in their last start.

"There is still improvement to be made there, by no means are we happy with that,” Kepu said.

“We have to keep building that consistency as I have always talked about.

"South Africans have a great scrum and have used it as a weapon for the last few games so it is something that is a strength of theirs.

"Every scrum is different and every pack works technically in their own ways.The Wallabies must lift their set piece in Bloemfontein. Photo: Walmsley"So the challenge is always something new, something different, each week.”

Kepu said the squad had dissected the issues at hand after the struggles in Perth.

"I think we took the foot off the throat, a little bit," he said.

"I think we were a bit unlucky with some of those decisions but you look a week ahead against the All Blacks, there were a lot of massive battles there.

"They showed against the All Blacks that they can disrupt the ball, muscle through and cause some havoc," Kepu said.

The Wallabies take on the Springboks in Bloemfontein on Sunday night, kicking off at 12am AEDT and Sunday 1am AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.