Wallabies extra involved with Wales win streak than personal

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09 Nov 2018, 22:36 IST
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CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Australia has overwhelmed Wales 13 straight instances.

However the Wallabies are extra involved with Wales’ streak.

Six straight wins towards allcomers.

“In case you are fascinated about instances beforehand in video games, you might be fascinated about the mistaken factor,” captain Michael Hooper stated on Friday, the day earlier than his Wallabies meet Wales in Cardiff.

“In case you are doing that, you might be in all probability not within the second. We now have received to be considering within the second. (Wales) are a high quality workforce, and it’s going to be an actual problem.”

Australia’s inconsistency this yr — seven losses in 10 exams — sees it go into this contest not as the favourite, which does not hassle coach Michael Cheika.

“We do not thoughts working as an underdog, don’t fret about us,” he stated. “We’ll get pleasure from that standing, not that I’m a playing man. We now have large respect for Wales. However we have to deal with ourselves.

“For us, it’s all about trying within the mirror. A few of the ache and harm we’ve felt this yr will solely assist us. I can see folks contained in the workforce beginning to change issues as a result of they don’t need to really feel that ache once more.”

The Wallabies gave Cheika his maiden take a look at win in 2014 at Wales’ expense after they got here from behind within the final eight minutes with a Bernard Foley dropped objective and penalty to win by 5. The three matches since then, together with a 2015 Rugby World Cup pool recreation, have been reduce and dried.

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones was the one survivor in both aspect from the final time it beat Australia, in 2008, and he wasn’t within the temper to reminisce after the captain’s run.

“For those who go searching too far again, you will get misplaced trying to find solutions,” Jones stated. “That is all concerning the 80 minutes on Saturday, and that’s what we’re specializing in.”

Notably a very good begin.

“In the event that they get an early rating, then you could chase the sport. Particularly towards a workforce like Australia, who’ve that counterattacking means, you simply do not need to get in a gap towards them early on. In worldwide rugby you possibly can’t get that again, so we have to be switched on and begin nicely.”

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