Nathan Sharpe believes Australia’s lineout problems require minor adjustments after a shocking showing against the Springboks.
The Wallabies will host the All Blacks this Saturday in a Test neither side can afford to lose. Australia have lost two from two while New Zealand are smarting from their double defeat in South Africa.
Robbie Deans’s side was awful at the set-pieces in that Newlands fixture, but Wallabies lock Sharpe said the lineout will be tweaked rather than revamped for the coming clash in Sydney.
‘I think the lineout is an area that we’ve been strong in the past and there’s no point in getting over anxious about a poor performance,’ Sharpe said. ‘Several things went wrong in that game on top of each other and unfortunately affected the result of the game or had a bearing on that.
‘There hasn’t been a major overhaul. The way we’ve been doing things has been working and we’ve just got to make sure little things are firing for us this weekend.’
Three Wallabies players were sin-binned in that Test and Sharpe said a more disciplined performance is needed if they’re to edge the All Blacks.
‘It is an area that we need to be tighter across the board and I think unfortunately it has probably taken us a little bit too long to get on top of that and hopefully this weekend it won’t be an issue for us.’
Scrumhalf Luke Burgess added Australia need to sharpen their attack, as this was another area where they failed to show the prerequisite composure.
‘We’ve got the skills and it’s just a matter of being able to make the right decision at crucial moments,’ said Burgess. ‘Test rugby punishes you if you are inconsistent and you don’t make the right decisions.’