Madigan wary of Wallabies as Bowe recovers from injury
Published 12/11/2013 | 15:46
IAN MADIGAN has warned his Irish teammates to be wary of Australia on Saturday.
The Leinster fly-half is impressed by what Wallaby coach Ewen McKenzie has been able to do since taking over at the helm last summer and believes that the resurgent tourists are a dangerous outfit.
Ireland continued their preparations at Carton House today, where Tommy Bowe took a part in training after sitting out Monday’s session with a leg injury and there were no fresh injury worries.
Joe Schmidt names his side on Thursday and faces decisions on whether to include Paul O’Connell, Sean O’Brien and Cian Healy from the start, while Madigan and Paddy Jackson are in a battle to take a place on the bench if Jonathan Sexton returns.
He made an impact when introduced for Brian O’Driscoll last weekend and, while the squad are happy with their 40-9 win, says that improvement is needed.
“We have to assess what we need to improve on. In the first half we coughed up the ball too many times, so improving our ball focus is something to work on. In attack, being a bit more adventurous with their counter-attack as opposed to just kicking the ball back and they’re two work-ons for us this week,” Madigan said.
“Australia had a comprehensive win over Italy and I thought they were very good against England for large parts of the game.
“The Rugby Championship didn’t go to plan for them, but they’re a team who are on an upward curve at the moment and I’d be very cautious of them going into the weekend.
“They’ve improved a lot since the Lions tour, Ewen McKenzie is putting in place a really good brand or rugby. They want to keep the ball in play, they’ll back their kick chase and run the ball from deep. They’re a very dangerous team and you have to be very wary against them.”