Boks should target Gregan
14 Jul 2006
Former Wallabies team-mate David Campese has publicly slammed George Gregan for living on past glories.
Gregan was limited last week as his pack was going backwards, but Campese vilified him in his Daily Telegraph column, saying the bald scrumhalf brings nothing to the Aussie attack.
“Please someone, anyone, tell me that Australia coach John Connolly has placed George Gregan on final notice,” Campese said.
“I said last week that he needed to step up against New Zealand. While he was playing behind a beaten pack, I just didn’t see the variety to his game to suggest he should stay in the halfback job.”
The former world record holder for 64 tries in his Test career believes that the Reds’ Sam Cordingley would be better suited to the position, as the retaining of Gregan is stifling the Aussies’ attacking potential.
“Gregan continues to run across field, crowding the rest of the backline and making them sitting ducks for the defence. Sam Cordingley would have at least taken bad ball and run at the opposition, hoping for a quick recycle so the Wallabies could try to get some momentum going in attack.”
Campese is obviously not the only person who thinks that pressure on the Wallabies scrum is a sure fire way of winning, as long as Gregan is behind it. There has been talk throughout the week on how the scrum may not be influential on the result and that Jake White should be focussing on other areas of the game. But when taking Campese’s comments into consideration, White may be onto something. Gregan is notorious for his poor performances when his pack is struggling, and perhaps there is a plan developed around this fact.
The inclusion of Ricky Januarie is also another factor. The nippy No 9 loves nothing more than to get in Gregan’s face, and if he can disrupt him enough, the Aussies, for all their talent and glamour out wide, will find life harder than first thought.