Sunday 21 January 2018

Set-piece key for Williams

Australia will need to meet the physical challenge posed by Wales at close quarters to win Saturday's Test at the Millennium Stadium, according to assistant coach Jim Williams.

The Wallabies have established a reputation as one of the most exciting sides in the world, having adapted an attractive handling style of play in response to the new law variations at the breakdown, which are designed to favour the attacking side.

That helped them end a run of 10 straight defeats against New Zealand in Hong Kong on Saturday, but there have been question marks over the Australia front five -- they were humiliated in the scrum during their drawn Test series with England in the summer.

But former Wallaby and Munster flanker Williams insists that the hard work put in over recent years means the tourists will be no soft touch, saying: "When we had some injuries earlier this year some of the guys had a tough time, but they have come on heaps.

"There is a big emphasis on the set-piece in Europe and we know we will need to make sure we can compete there."

Irish Independent

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