Genia Back To Steer Ship

Image courtesy of news.com.au/AFP
Will Genia starts at halfback this week. Image courtesy of news.com.au/AFP
There was no shortage of goodwill when Ewen McKenzie took over from Robbie Deans as Wallabies coach. While he has been given a bit of leeway with expected defeats against the All Blacks and Springboks, Australia will always be expected to deal with Argentina . The honeymoon period for the new coach will well and truly be over if his side goes down to the Pumas in Rosario on Sunday morning (AEST).

The Wallabies just scraped home 14-13 against the Argies in Perth three weeks back after surviving a second half onslaught. Their record in the South American country is four wins and a draw from eight starts, and far better teams in the green and gold have been pushed by the Pumas in previous years.

The stadium in Rosario was described this week by McKenzie as being like a coliseum, and the noise will reach fever-pitch levels with one of Argentina’s all-time greats, Felipe Contepomi set to run out for his final Test in the blue and white. He returns at inside centre as just one of two changes from the team that went down 33-15 to New Zealand last week.

There was the odd positive sign in Australia’s 28-8 loss to South Africa last week; after a first-half hammering, the Wallabies stemmed the flow of points in the second stanza and Will Genia certainly sparked his side when he replaced Nic White. Genia is back in the No. 9 this week, which should ensure a more attacking approach from the visitors. 

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