Care: If Genia 'ticks', Wallabies 'tick'
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Australia scrumhalf Will Genia's performance will be the difference between victory and defeat on Saturday says England scrumhalf Danny Care.
England began their November Series with a 21-8 win over Argentina at Twickenham Stadium and welcome a Wallaby side who recently beat world champions New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup and recorded a victory in Wales last weekend.
Eddie Jones’ side have won their last four meeting with Australia, including a 37-21 victory in the Series a year ago.
However, 30-year-old Care believes with Genia performing on the day it could spoil Jones’ success rate against Australia head coach Michael Cheika.
Genia – who has been a vital link to the Wallabies' current success - is expected to don the number 9 jersey on Saturday and it seems that Care and teammates have placed a huge target on the Wallaby’s back.
"I’ve always been a massive Genia fan, I think he’s a great scrumhalf, one of the best in the world," Care said in an interview on englandrugbycom.
"As a fan of his it’s great to see him playing so well, but hopefully he doesn’t play that well at the weekend.
"He’s making the team tick and that’s what they want to do, they want to attack you and play with tempo and he’s massively key to that.
"He and Bernard Foley will be looking to take the game to us - it’s up to us to defensively try and nullify them," Care added.
England’s performance during last weekend’s win over Argentina was far from impressive. The side managed to score two tries, but the lack of urgency and agility was below standard for the number two team in the world.
Care, who came on as a second-half finisher in the victory over Argentina, acknowledged that against Australia they have no choice but to up the tempo and provide the backline with more possession.
"We want to get some tempo in the game, we want to play fast, we play on top of teams so it is up to us to win our collisions to get some quick ball, make sure our breakdown is effective and then get the ball to the people who make the magic.
"That’s George [Ford], Owen [Farrell], Alex [Lozowski], Henry [Slade] and JJ [Jonathan Joseph], they’re the type of guys where we want to get the ball in their hands with quick ruck speed," he added.
"There’s always a buzz when you’ve got Australia, especially at home at Twickenham. I’m sure there will be a few Aussies out there who will create a bit of party in the stands.
"But, our focus is on ourselves. We’re there to get the job done and get victories. Hopefully, with that, we’ll play some good rugby and the fans will get excited,"