Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Front Row Key to Win, but Watch for Skelton

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Front Row Key to Win, but Watch for Skelton

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RUGBY UNION

Viva La Wallabies with

CHRIS

LATHAM

FROM a French point of view something needed to change between the Brisbane and Melbourne Tests, and they were certainly more committed to the contest.

From an Australian point of view a win is a win and the Wallabies need to continue taking confidence from the end result. Last week's Test win in Melbourne has been criticised for the lack of spectacle.

An extremely solid defensive display is the main positive to be taken from this match, especially remembering the defensive lapses that were a hallmark of Australia's play as recently as last season.

Although I am pleased to have seen Australia grind out the win, the concerning element of the match for mine was the lack of adaptability.

Following a dominant victory in Brisbane, predictability is a potential worry for coach Ewen McKenzie.

The French strategy included consistently spoiling the Aussie attack, a tactic which would have been expected. …

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