Thursday 15 November 2018

'We have to go out there and show the world why we're the second best team on the planet'

Bundee Aki, left, and Robbie Henshaw of Ireland celebrate second test win
Bundee Aki, left, and Robbie Henshaw of Ireland celebrate second test win

Rúaidhrí O'Connor in Sydney

Robbie Henshaw says Ireland can make a statement by to the rest of the rugby world by adding a series win over Australia to their Grand Slam.

The Leinster centre says Joe Schmidt's side want to justify their position as the world's No 2 team by backing up last Saturday's performance in their 26-21 win in Melbourne with another result in Sydney this weekend.

At 1-1, the series is on a knife-edge and Henshaw says the tourists are rearing as they face into their last week of the season.

And they are determined to finish on a high.

"It would be a massive statement for us, we're currently ranked second in the world and we have to go out there and show the world why we're second," he said.

"We have a great chance for us to come here and create history and win a series.

"I think it's down to us and our preparation.

"We showed when things went right for us at the weekend that we are a good force.

"Australia are going to come firing, there's definitely going to be a massive reaction to how they went last week.

"We need to build that in camp this week, they're going to come out hard and we have to match that."

Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne trained with the squad at the North Sydney Oval yesterday, but has not been officially added to the squad.

Forwards coach Simon Easterby said that Joe Schmidt would have a full squad to choose from for the decisive Test, but there are doubts over the availability of Andrew Conway, Dan Leavy and Cian Healy who were forced off injured in the second Test.

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Australia winger Dane Haylett Petty says his side believe they have what it takes to turn last week's reversal around.

"We won the breakdown battle first game, they won the battle second game," he said.

"They got a lot of quick ball which makes it pretty hard for a defence. There's a few little changes we need to make but we feel we know how to beat them and we feel the game plan hasn't really changed.

"We just didn't really execute it well enough on the weekend."

Both coaches name their teams early tomorrow morning.

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