Genia: Wallabies not the finished product
June 26, 2012
Will Genia is looking forward to James O'Connor returning © Getty Images
Will Genia says he is thrilled with Australia's developing composure, but insists the team have not yet reached their potential following a clean-sweep of Wales.
The Wallabies defeated the Six Nations champions 20-19 in the final Test in Sydney on Saturday, wrapping up a successful three-Test series in the process. However, with the 2012 Rugby Championship against New Zealand, Argentina and South Africa looming, Genia believes Australia must learn to score more tries.
''To be brutally honest, if we're going to be a chance in the Rugby Championship we do need to score a lot more tries than what we did [against Wales and Scotland],'' Genia said.
'We need to work on our attack a little bit, and it'll help having guys like Kurtley [Beale] come back. That was his first game, and you have guys like James O'Connor and Quade Cooper coming back, who are very attacking sort of players.''
Genia and his team-mates celebrated the series win over Wales after the second Test win in Melbourne. On that occasion, Mike Harris slotted a late penalty goal to seal an unlikely victory, and Genia says it was a defining moment for the Wallabies.
''Composure is something that you develop with experience, and we're obviously a young group so we're still learning and still maturing,'' he said. ''But that's definitely something we're getting better at and we're learning along the way, and I think that was very evident in [the past three Tests].'
''[Wales] thought that they had it, and I felt that - 40 seconds to go and we got a penalty - we just showed a lot of composure and a lot of character to not try and take a quick tap and rush things.
''We took our time. We thought, 'We'll kick it into touch, set up and we'll play for a penalty.' And I was just so excited at the fact that we did show that composure and the fact that we just executed.
"We executed under enormous pressure. We kicked it out, took a lineout, we got the throw right, we got the jump right, we set up the maul, and it just worked to perfection. We got the penalty and Mikey slotted it. We were just clinical, and I remember being so happy, basically for that fact.''
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