Coleman: Keep it simple
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Simplicity will help Wallabies alleviate some of their line-out problems says lock, Adam Coleman.
Australia by far has the lowest lineout success of this year’s Rugby Championship tournament – a 74.2 percent success rate, compared to New Zealand (86.8%), South Africa (84.9%) and Argentina (82.1%), according to rugbucomau.
The Wallabies have never prided themselves in their line-out prowess – trailing their counterparts in the past two Rugby Championships – however, this year they have hit an all-time low from their 2017 form of 87.8 percent.
Their inefficiency in this area has made easy for the likes of the Springboks and All Blacks to take full advantage. And lately, the Los Pumas have also joined the circle, stealing three Wallabies lineouts the last time the two sides met.
Coleman admitted lineouts were more complicated than meets the eye, however, he revealed that there was a need to strip back their overcomplicated analysis.
“There’s a danger of overthinking,” he said.
“You can over analyse things where sometimes it is just one thing instead of picking on four different things.
“It’s just making sure that everyone across knows their role. Our planning is there, it’s just executing at the moment,”
There hasn’t been one consistent chink in the Wallabies lineout but Coleman said dips in concentration seemed to be at the core.
“I think it’s about staying in the moment on the field and executing your role,” he said.
“At times, [it’s] one thing here or there that’s just letting us down. It’s just mentally staying switched on throughout the game,”
On Saturday, the Wallabies will face an abrasive Pumas pack that is growing in confidence under former Australian mentor Mario Ledesma. Argentina will be out to record 2018 double following their 23-19 win in Australia.
The influence of Ledesma has been hard to ignore – aside from orchestrating a win over the Wallabies on the Gold Coast, the Pumas look an entirely more cohesive unit since he took over.
Coleman said Ledesma’s impact was clear for his former charges.
“They’re a quality side,” he said.
“They’re a very physical pack like they showed on the Gold Coast and credit to Mario who is really getting the most out of their forwards.
“They’re physical, very emotional and they have a lot of passion for playing in their jersey. It’s going to be a great game and the boys can’t wait to get out there and play,”