Wed 25 Nov 2020 | 10:05

How Wallabies are building a dangerous midfield

How Wallabies are building a dangerous midfield
Wed 25 Nov 2020 | 10:05
How Wallabies are building a dangerous midfield
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TRI-NATIONS SPOTLIGHT: The Wallabies have high hopes for youngster Hunter Paisami emerging as a “triple threat” as he develops his test game.

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Wallabies attack coach Scott Wisemantel is excited by what Paisami can offer, saying there’s a lot more to the 22-year-old’s game than bash and barge.

Wisemantel says he’s not surprised by Paisami’s impact in the No. 12 jersey despite only making his Super Rugby debut this year with Queensland.

While his hard-hitting defence is obvious, Wisemantel believes there’s a lot more to Paisami’s game.

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“Certain players get pigeon-holed at certain times in their lives,” Wisemantel said.

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“Hunter is aggressive and we know he can hit in defence and we know that he can run hard so people see that and then he gets pigeon-holed as a hard-running hitter.

“He’s actually got a lot of subtlety to his game – he can kick off both feet and has got a nice passing game, good tempo – so really we want to evolve him into a triple threat where he can run, pass, kick.

“That’s where we see Hunter’s future.”

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Paisami’s partnership with another star talent, 20-year-old Jordan Petaia, is continuing to blossom and while they are no Tim Horan-Jason Little combination just yet, could become another great Reds centre pairing.

“They are a combo but Matt [Toomua] will come back and let’s hope that next year with Super Rugby we find a couple of other shining lights,” Wisemantel added.

“It’s about competition … and we will pick whoever is in form, but they’re going really well as a centre pairing at the moment.”

Despite missing the past three games through injury James O’Connor is continuing to train with the team in Sydney, giving hope that he may return for the final match of the Tri Nations match against Argentina on December 5 at Bankwest Stadium.

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