Wallabies not yet 'complete product' - Genia
The clean-sweep of Wales was a defining moment for the Wallabies but their halfback Will Genia says it won't mean a thing until the team learns to score tries.
Genia was delighted with the Wallabies' display of ''composure'' over the three Tests against the Six Nations champions but said the team was not yet the complete product.
''To be brutally honest, if we're going to be a chance in the Rugby Championship we do need to score a lot more tries than what we did [against Wales and Scotland],'' Genia said. ''We need to work on our attack a little bit, and it'll help having guys like Kurtley [Beale] come back. That was his first game, and you have guys like James O'Connor and Quade Cooper coming back, who are very attacking sort of players.''
Genia said the four-Test match break in the Super Rugby season was a defining moment for the Wallabies because they discovered composure for the first time. ''Composure is something that you develop with experience, and we're obviously a young group so we're still learning and still maturing,'' he said. ''But that's definitely something we're getting better at and we're learning along the way, and I think that was very evident in [the past three Tests].''
He celebrated particularly hard on the field with his teammates after the win in Melbourne, when replacement five-eighth Mike Harris slotted a penalty goal after the bell to snatch victory from the Welsh. ''They thought that they had it, and I felt that - 40 seconds to go and we got a penalty - we just showed a lot of composure and a lot of character to not try and take a quick tap and rush things,'' Genia said.
''We took our time. We thought, 'We'll kick it into touch, set up and we'll play for a penalty.' And I was just so excited at the fact that we did show that composure and the fact that we just executed. We executed under enormous pressure. We kicked it out, took a lineout, we got the throw right, we got the jump right, we set up the maul, and it just worked to perfection. We got the penalty and Mikey slotted it. We were just clinical, and I remember being so happy, basically for that fact.''
Genia is taking that momentum and running with it, refusing the Reds' offer - extended to all returning Wallabies - of a day on the sideline yesterday. ''I enjoy training, I wouldn't miss it if they told me to. They gave us the option to sit out and watch or just have a lighter day today but I don't feel comfortable if I don't train,'' he said. ''In terms of preparation for the game, I want to have a full week's prep in terms of being out there on the field.''
The Reds are a single point out from the finals-bound top six teams, and a bonus-point win away from the Brumbies, who, as the table stands, could be the only Australian team to make the play-offs. They meet the Rebels in Melbourne this weekend then play the Highlanders and Waratahs at home. ''We can't drop a game if we're any chance of making the finals so [this weekend] is massive for us,'' Genia said.
Five-eighth Quade Cooper is expected to start but they will miss the contribution of captain James Horwill, and must also absorb the eight players who played in the internationals.
Genia said he believed the Reds would be in a better position than their finals rivals the Brumbies, who lent six players to the Wallabies with only one - centre Pat McCabe - starting regularly. ''You can have three weeks off when you don't do anything and freshen up but you also miss out on game fitness, and that's the most important thing,'' he said. ''Game conditioning is much different to just getting out there and doing fitness drills on the field. And playing at that level you just gain more and more experience every time you get that opportunity.''
-Sydney Morning Herald