Wallabies look for improvement in lineout

Blindside flanker Scott Fardy says the Wallabies will be working hard to improve their lineout for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup decider at Eden Park.


The selection of two openside specialists David Pocock and Michael Hooper was tipped to leave the Wallabies vulnerable at the set-piece.

Australia’s scrum was outstanding but the lineout was off in the Wallabies’ 27-19 victory in Sydney on Saturday night, which secured the Rugby Championship and set up a Bledisloe decider for the first time since 2008.

The Wallabies won 70 per cent of their ball at ANZ Stadium, compared to the All Blacks who were perfect and came up with three turnovers in the lineout.

“There was a couple of lost balls which was a bit disappointing, but we’ll go back and look at that,” Fardy said.

“We’ve got to make sure we get that right over the next week and come up with some new options and change some things up and we’re looking forward to doing that.”

Brumbies star Fardy was in awe of new No.8 Pocock and Hooper.

“They were everywhere, they are both amazing players and it’s an honour to play alongside them. The stuff they do is just incredible and I thought it worked really well last night.”

While the scrum was brilliant, Fardy said it was a work in progress and they would need to lift again at Eden Park, a venue the Wallabies haven’t won at in 15 Tests since 1986.

“That’s a week-to-week proportion the scrums, you never know what you’re going to get next week, but I thought we’ve been pretty consistent over the Rugby Championship,” Fardy said.

“I’m on the flank, so I’m not going to take any responsibility for that. The boys did a good job, we delivered all our ball well which is a key focus and put them under a bit of pressure at scrum time.

“We’ve got to make sure it’s consistent and it’s going to be tough at Eden Park as well.”

Victory in Auckland would see the Wallabies break a 13-year Bledisloe Cup drought.

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