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Sport Changing combinations could benefit Wallabies: Lealiifano

09:50  15 october  2019
09:50  15 october  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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The Wallabies ’ revolving door of back-line combinations could be advantageous in a quarter-final against England, according to playmaker Christian Lealiifano , who is eager to win a three-horse race for the No.10 jersey in Oita. There are two schools of thought when it comes to the Wallabies and

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The Wallabies’ revolving door of back-line combinations could be advantageous in a quarter-final against England, according to playmaker Christian Lealiifano, who is eager to win a three-horse race for the No.10 jersey in Oita.

There are two schools of thought when it comes to the Wallabies and their back line at this World Cup.

The first is that the constant changes, particularly in the halves, have deprived Australia's playmakers time to gel before the knockout stages.

The other theory is that Australia are yet to fully show their hand and by interchanging No.10s - Lealiifano, Bernard Foley and Toomua have all played there throughout the pool stages - England will be less clear on their opponent's style and set moves, which could play into Australia’s hands.

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Coach Michael Cheika has spoken about his backs lacking a degree of polish and needing to work on their finishing touches at this World Cup.

Lealiifano, who came off the bench in Australia’s 27-8 bonus point win over Georgia, can see merit in the argument that swapping backs throughout the pool stages could keep England guessing.

"I guess different combinations would probably be a good thing," Lealiifano said. "We probably won't go out there to try and surprise anyone. We're trying to focus on getting our best combinations that we feel will put our best game out there."

Lealiifano’s workload has been managed at this World Cup following a long Super Rugby season and the fact he is only a few years past recovering from leukemia.

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On Monday, Cheika described Toomua’s performance at No.10 against Georgia as "solid" but last week suggested Lealiifano had done enough to earn his spot for the knockout stages following an excellent showing against Uruguay.

Wallabies selectors will sit down on Tuesday night to work out the best set of players who can spring an upset over an England side with the wood firmly over Australia with six wins from their last six outings.

"[I have] got a little bit of a cold but that's I think because typhoon came in and change of weather but feeling pretty good physically and mentally as well," Lealiifano said. "I’ve been really grateful of how Cheika and his staff have managed [my workloads], so feeling as good as I can.

"The beauty of our squad is everyone's fit and ready to go. [I am] feeling fit and I guess and up for selection as well."

If selectors do go with Lealiifano No.10 and the Wallabies can come away with victory in Oita, the question will then be can Lealiifano, given he is being managed, be able to play possibly three matches in a row if Australia make a final? The 32-year-old is unsure.

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"It's hard to say," Lealiifano said. "As we’ve gone it's just been managing each game as we go and seeing how I feel day-to-day. I guess I'd be confident to if I was called upon but I think it's just about coming back to a week-by-week case and seeing how they go."

The other main talking point is No.13 and whether the Wallabies will stick with James O’Connor, who is yet to find his best form at the tournament.

Waiting in the wings is Tevita Kuridrani, who scored two tries in his only start at this World Cup against Uruguay. Kuridrani had been a regular starter before being dropped for several matches at the World Cup.

"It was pretty tough," said Kuridrani of being dropped. "But for me I just wanted to keep training hard and putting my hand up and hopefully I get another opportunity.

"We’ve been trying to work around the combination, just trying to mix it up and see where we can take the English side and defend against them. We’ve been mixing up combinations this week and they haven’t named a team yet, so we don’t know what’s the go."

England are yet to drop a game at the World Cup but there will be no shortage of motivation after the northern hemisphere side was bundled out of the 2015 pool stages against Australia at Twickenham.

Lealiifano, who has been on the end of a few big hits this tournament, anticipated there to be a lift in physicality in the quarter-finals.

"We've probably put a big focus on it and I think we understand the level is going to go up," Lealiifano said. "I guess [it is about] controlling what we can and that's our physicality and how we go about preparing each day."

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