Aussies accept attacking challenge

Anthony Faingaa says the Wallabies won’t restrict themselves to a conservative game plan when they meet the All Blacks in Sunday’s World Cup semi-final.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that All Blacks coach Graham Henry has issued the attacking challenge, and the Wallabies have responded bullishly.

Faingaa told the media that while the Aussies won’t favour a one-sided approach, they will look to bring their dangerous backline into the game and score tries.

‘If you look at history in World Cups, not many tries have been scored in finals or throughout the tournament at all. So it’s making sure we have a really good defensive effort and stay disciplined, but we’re going out there not to keep the scoreboard close – if we can blow it out, we’ll blow it out.’

The All Blacks haven’t won the World Cup since 1987, and there’s a lot of expectation and pressure for them to take the title in a global tournament staged on home soil.

They will be without Dan Carter, who suffered a tournament-ending injury in the build up to the All Blacks’ final pool clash. As many pundits have noted, the All Blacks are a less complete side without Carter. Without the mercurial flyhalf, they are a less daunting prospect.

Faingaa suggests that all the hype, pressure and paranoia will help the Wallabies break a hoodoo of their own. Australia haven’t won at Eden Park since 1986, but will fancy their chances against a side sans Carter.

‘Obviously they have a lot of public expectation and that’s something that might work in our favour,’ he said. ‘They are under so much pressure that they have to win, regardless.’