Wallabies coach Dave Rennie warned a France in a new look that they will meet a sharper and faster Australia in the second test on Tuesday after admitting their narrow victory in the series’ first clash was “Substandard”.
A sub-force The Blues should have won the first Test in Brisbane if only they had kicked the ball into touch after the final siren, but instead offered Australia a turnaround and ultimately a penalty under the posts to snatch the match 23 -21.
“You have to do it on the chin. It was a lower performance (last week), but I’m happy with the character that we showed to fight to come back from 15-0 and get a result at the end, ”said Rennie.
Despite their mediocre efforts, only one change was made to the starting line-up for Melbourne, with big pillar Taniela Tupou making an impact on the bench in Brisbane promoted in place of Allan Alaalatoa.
With veteran playmaker James O’Connor ruled out again, Matchday 23 is the same for the first time in consecutive testing since Rennie took the lead last year.
The New Zealander, who is looking for the team to conclude the series before returning to Brisbane for the final test on Saturday, said he deserved another chance.
“Seven days ago, we thought we picked the right side to play. We lacked precision. We gave up a few weak points at the start. We just think there is more to this group and we want to give them another chance. “
While keeping the faith, he is also adamant that they need to learn from their mistakes in Brisbane, where too many missed tackles and dropped balls took France to the 15-0 advantage.
“We have to start quickly, be more clinical and turn the pressure into points at AAMI Park on Tuesday night,” he said.
“Confident that we will be sharper this time.” A lack of precision and a lack of continuity affected our ability to put the French under pressure (last week). “
– Learning process –
Despite their sloppy finish, France coach Fabien Galthie retained his entire back line, including rookie full-back Melvyn Jaminet, who made the critical error in the death that cost his side the victory.
“These seven players, to varying degrees, have done well. The important thing is that they feel confident, ”said Galthie, whose inexperienced team in Australia is missing many regulars due to domestic commitments and injuries.
“We decided not to change the half-backs. It’s part of the learning process. For many beginner players, this is a period of accelerated learning. “
But he reshuffled the field, making five changes with Castres mainstay Wilfrid Hounkpatin and Stade Français locker Pierre-Henri Azagoh both coming in to win their first caps.
They are joined by Cameron Woki and Ibrahim Diallo in the last row with Bordeaux-Bègles double Cyril Cazeaux also called to form a new second row combination with Azagoh.
“We want to find the right balance between turnover and continuity,” added Galthie, who seeks to lead France to its first victory on Australian soil since 1990.
Tom Banks; Tom Wright, Hunter Paisami, Matt To’omua, Marika Koroibete; Noah Lolesio, Jake Gordon; Harry Wilson, Michael Hooper (captain), Rob Valetini; Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip; Taniela Tupou, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper
Remplacements: Lachlan Lonergan, Angus Bell, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Isi Naisarani, Tate McDermott, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway
Melvyn Jaminet; Damian Penaud, Arthur Vincent, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villière; Louis Carbonel, Baptiste Couilloud; Anthony Jelonch (captain), Cameron Woki, Ibrahim Diallo, Cyril Cazeaux, Pierre-Henri Azagoh, Wilfrid Hounkpatin, Gaetan Barlot, Jean-Baptiste Gros
Replacements: Anthony Etrillard, Enzo Forletta, Demba Bamba, Killian Geraci, Romain Taofifenua, Sekou Macalou, Teddy Iribaren, Anthony Bouthier
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