Aussie wrap (Mon)

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Giteau calls for cool heads

Wallabies flyhalf Matt Giteau has urged his teammates to maintain their focus after their emotional victory over England.

Australia face France this weekend and the outstanding flyhalf, who scored 22 points against the Poms, believes it is vital that his side remains focused on the task at hand.

“There’s still a lot of things we can work on,” said Giteau. “The fact that we beat England by 14 points at Twickenham and we’ve still got improvements to make is a real positive for the boys.”

“France now. Obviously England was a big win for us as far as the tour is concerned, but it means nothing if we go out and put in a bad performance against France.”

Coach Robbie Deans’s biggest selection headache is whether to recall Wycliff Palu to the starting line up after the big No 8 had a major impact when replacing Richard Brown, who dislocated his finger and injured his knee at Twickenham.

Despite the injuries, Deans said Brown should be available selection for the game in Paris.

Foley proud of his pack

Wallabies’ forwards coach Michael Foley believes his pack effectively buried their demons with their performance against  England.

The Australian pack produced a brilliant scrumming performance, including two tighthead scrum wins, against the side that in the past has delighted in embarrassing the Wallabies.

“I am so pleased for all of the forwards because they gave themselves showed what they are capable of,” said Foley. “You meet up with New Zealand and South African players a lot in the Super 14, but to come over here and venture into largely unknown territory, which has been an unhappy stamping ground for us in recent years, and to perform like they did. We are all just so proud to share it with them.

“They were absolutely outstanding. I was so happy for them, especially for someone like Al Baxter, who had been criticised for so long. Stephen Moore went through a very difficult time with the World Cup quarter-final last year, and then to come here and play the way he did was fantastic for him.

“Going forward, their attitude will be that there is no doubt they are good enough, which has not necessarily been straightforward, considering the hard time they had during early phases of their careers.”

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