Michael Cheika: Wallabies Must Love Scrums In Preparation for 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika stressed the importance of his players taking to heart scrums to give themselves a fighting chance against France in Paris on Sunday morning. While the said affection for scrums was not reciprocated in their last match against Wales, the team still prevailed, 33-28. Cheika and returning hooker Saia Fainga'a, who just spent ten days with her new bon daughter, are both affirming that the forwards of the rugby squad are adopting a new mantra: loving scrums.
The next match will be the test on how much power the Australian squad has that can test the mettle of their Northern hemisphere rivals in England and Wales who will be the heavy favourites in the upcoming Rugby World Cup next year. The hooker stressed the need to improve scrum endurance and force the other teams to take ball out and take on their backs.
"Super rugby scrums don't last longer than five seconds," (http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/saia-faingaa-says-wallabies-must-improve-scrum-endurance-to-match-northern-hemisphere-rivals/story-e6freon6-1227119769498) Fainga'a said per Courier Mail . "In the northern hemisphere they scrummage for a lot longer. When they have scrums over here people are standing up and cheering. In Australia they're booing, that's the nature of the beast."
The doting father also relayed that he is using the time off as extra motivation and inspiration to contribute in the upcoming game Sunday. During his absence, Queensland Reds teammate James Henson filled but the performance leaves much to be desired if the Aussies are being assessed of their competence to meet the top teams. Nevertheless, the team still got the victory through perseverance and attitude. Noticeable in the last game is coach Cheika's strategy to field in multiple forwards in motion who can be options for passes while the offloads act as decoys for gain-line penetrations.
The team is gearing up for the big event next October when the Aussies will field in their best squad. The team is still awaiting the inclusion of France-based James O'Connor and rugby convert Karmichael Hunt who have already confirmed their participation for the Super Rugby for squad Queenslands Reds in the forthcoming season. Chieka confirmed that he is not meeting face to face with O'Connor in the upcoming days but he is monitoring the games of the prodigal son with the star studded Tuolon. The newly minted Wallabies coach is re-calibrating the squad's approach after the drastic resignation of Ewan McKenzie.
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|Publication:||International Business Times - US ed.|
|Date:||Nov 12, 2014|
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