Wallabies fueled by 'unfinished business'

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:51

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Australia have some unfinished business to attend to in London this week according to hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Australia have been in good form since their two defeats to New Zealand during the Rugby Championship.

Since then, the side have managed to produced two draws against the Springboks and walked away with 23-18 win over the All Blacks.

And Saturday's 29-21 win over Wales just showed how they've progressed. 

Australia's next opponents are England at Twickenham, which is the toughest encounter in their November Test campaign. Thus far, England got the upperhand, Eddie Jones' men have beaten Australia four times last year, including a 3-0 series whitewash in June.

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Hooker Polota-Nau, who has been part of that dreadful 2017 June Test series but missed the 2016 Twickenham match due to injury, said there is an eagerness to avenge those defeats.

"I think we've got some unfinished business against them," he said.

"Obviously last year we didn't get the results we were after so, it's more so having to go from there and hopefully [get] the front foot dominance instead of receiving it.

"I think more or less, [it’s]  just having to put history in the past and making sure we continue the form that we're on,"

When asked about the North's supremacy when it comes to scrum, the hooker revealed that his side is solely focused on their own standards.

"There is [that perception that the north is superior scrum time], but to be honest, we don't really take that into consideration because at the end of the day we've got our own standards to uphold," he said.

Adam Coleman is another 2016 absentee who will be at Twickenham, with the now well-established second rower to lead the Wallabies’ lineout against England.

Coleman has played at Twickenham just once in his career, against Argentina, but said he wasn’t worried about he extra spotlight that would come with the lead-in to the England Test.

"We're really making sure we get the finer detail in our game in right whether you're playing England, whether you're playing the All Blacks.

The Wallabies’ gritty effort in Wales was a far cry from the defensive issues they suffered last year and in early parts of this Test season and Coleman said it felt like the squad had adapted to a new way of stopping tries.

"We had new systems in place and I think it just took a little bit of time for the boys to really shore up and nail down that detail within our defensive systems," he said.

"I think the boys are down pat now and it's really showing in an 80-minute performance,"

Source: @rugbycomau