Sport Wallabies say they won't revert to 'kick and clap' rugby to get results

10:05  24 november  2020
10:05  24 november  2020 Source:   smh.com.au

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The Wallabies won't entertain the possibility of playing "kick and clap" rugby in order to leapfrog a few nations in the world rankings.

That's the view of attack coach Scott Wisemantel, who set the bar much higher for the Australians despite having just one win and two draws to show for the first five games of the Dave Rennie era.

"We keep talking about it - we want to be the best team in the world," Wisemantel said. "It's a bold statement, a really bold statement, but you have to aim high; aim the standards high; set the bar high.

"We could go back and play 'kick and clap' [conservative rugby], sit in the corner, pump corners, all the rest of it and you can make progress and maybe go up the world rankings a little bit. But that's not going to win you a World Cup."

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Wisemantel's comments will undoubtedly raise a few eyebrows.

When Michael Cheika was in charge, the Wallabies unashamedly tried to beat the All Blacks at their own game.

The attack first, defend later mentality almost always brought the Australians undone in many high-pressure situations.

The first five games of Rennie's tenure have certainly seen the Wallabies move more towards a northern hemisphere style of play and utilised the elite box-kicking game of Nic White.

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That style of play is coming under fire from pundits across Europe.

But that doesn't mean Wallabies fans should expect a full impersonation of England's highly successful, highly defensive style of play, which has put Eddie Jones' side in the box seat to claim the Autumn Nations Cup.

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Wisemantel was Jones' right-hand man in England camp prior to returning to Australia to link up with Rennie and he was honest in his assessment of the Wallabies' attack, which failed to score a try against Argentina.

"I think we've created lots; lots and lots of opportunities in the five games that we've played," he said.

"If I'm going to be critical - and let's call it as it is - we haven't finished. We've got to be better at finishing.

"That's around our skill level. We have to be better with our skill level and our decision making. They're the two big ones.

"I'm a realist and the realistic thing is we've been really poor around those two. But we've created lots of chances."

The Wallabies must convert those chances against Argentina at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday week if they're to have any hope of lifting the Tri Nations trophy.

Wisemantel hopes a unique review session - in which the players were each given a 20-minute quarter to dissect before reporting back to the rest of the group - will hold the Australians in good stead for the return fixture against the Pumas.

"They spoke openly about, 'Hang on, I wanted this, this was supposed to happen, this was called, why didn't we follow this?'" Wisemantel explained. "There were open, honest conversations, done respectfully. But there was no holds barred.

"And the great thing about it is, the way Dave has framed reviews and meetings with the team, if things are said then when we walk out the door, nothing is left where it's hanging and people hang onto things.

"It's really clear there is a solution."

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