Tuqiri wants it wide

Lote Tuqiri has warned that Australia could be made to pay against Scotland at Murrayfield if they don’t rediscover their attacking touch.

The big winger acknowledged that the Wallabies had lacked incisiveness in the backline this season and stressed that the would have to indulge in a spot of collective introspection.

“In recent times, we have not been getting the ball out to the wide positions nearly enough, and that has led to all sorts of problems,” Tuqiri told Greg Growden of the Sydney Morning Herald.

“It is traditional for Australia to play an expansive game, and that is what we must work to get back to in the build up to the World Cup.

“Our results on this tour have been disappointing and so have the performances.

“I think we have been too concerned about what the opposition teams might do, when we should have been concentrating more on what we can achieve if we play the right way.”

Coach John Connolly has reworked his backline yet again, this time brining in Scott Staniforth to the troublesome inside-centre slot, after his recent Sterling Mortlock/Tuqiri experiment bombed.

“We are still searching for our best midfield combination – a suitable 10-12 combo,” said Connolly, who spent a successful six years coaching European clubs including Stade Francais, who he took to a European Cup final defeat by Leicester.

“I am not sure if Scott is a genuine No 12, but he is a physical player with reasonable vision.

“He has limited experience in that slot, but when we moved Matt Giteau to scrumhalf, it cost us in terms of balance.

“Scott has the knack of finding his way to the try-line and his current form is formidable. We need some influence in that part of the pitch and he can provide it.”