Davies: Burgess ‘pretty average’

Former Wales scrumhalf Gareth Davies believes Wallabies No 9 Luke Burgess is not up to international standards.

Davies, who played 21 times for the Dragons between 1978 and 1985 has been impressed by the Wallabies on their year-end tour, but believes the Waratahs scrumhalf has been well below par.

“The one I have been disappointed with – and who I must admit I don’t think I have ever been a huge fan of … I think Burgess at scrum-half is a pretty average scrum-half,” Davies said.

“He is a good rugby player, a good athlete, but the guy can’t pass. That is a pretty important ingredient for a scrum-half.

“People have worked him out. He takes that step, or sometimes two, and people are just getting to him. He must be a nightmare to play outside.”

Despite his criticism of the player, Davies believes Wallabies mentor Robbie Deans should persevere with the 25-year-old.

“You would have to stick with him and spend the next six months working on his passing,”said Davies. “As a runner with the ball, he is good. He is very committed. But he has huge weaknesses as a top-level scrumhalf.

“Six months of having to pass without taking a step every morning before breakfast … and it’s sorted.

“I don’t know the guy. From what I hear he is a pretty dedicated guy. For him, I would have thought he [feels he] has had a great year, a meteoric rise and will probably look back at the year as a successful year.

“But he has a few major things he needs to work on. It is not a case of being that harsh on him. He just needs to sort out a few things.”