Bumbling Burgess faces axe

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says scrumhalf Will Genia could start in Brisbane after Luke Burgess’s nightmare showing last week.

Australia were thumped by the Springboks in Perth, the 32-25 scoreline flattering the hosts. The Boks should do the business in Brisbane unless the Wallabies manage an unlikely turnaround.

Genia provided more stability when replacing Burgess in last Saturday’s Test, and could be one of a few changes made by Deans this week.

‘[Genia] has shown that he’s got what he needs to do well at Test level,’ Deans said. ‘He looked himself and that’s great.

‘That’s the essence, when these blokes get to the point they approach Test rugby like club games, they’re good to go.

‘But we still have a number who are putting their own barriers up unnecessarily.’

Berrick Barnes should be back from injury to replace Adam-Ashley Cooper at No 12. Deans admitted there would be changes, but not too many.

‘We don’t want to expose everyone all at once. You can say “look to the future, this is where we’ll be in five years, let’s go there now”. But you can actually burn the future if you don’t manage the arrivals.

‘Tampering for tampering’s sake is not appropriate to that end. We saw what happened at Ellis Park last year [the Wallabies were massacred 53-8] and we don’t want to go back there, thanks.

‘You have one side [South Africa] at the peak of their trade and maturity and we’re chasing that and seeing that there’s a critical mass.’