Ewen McKenzie seeks fresh bench impact
August 26, 2013
Ewen McKenzie has put his Wallabies bench on notice after his replacements failed to make a positive impact in the final quarter against New Zealand in the second Bledisloe Cup Test at Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday.
New Zealand won 27-16 to retain the Bledisloe Cup for the 11th year in succession, and McKenzie was particularly unimpressed by the form of his replacements, saying ""we didn't get a great impact out of our bench".
"You know I talk about finishes, guys who actually come on and improve the performance; it's no good if they're coming on and knocking on and missing tackles, and that's effectively what happened.
"Twenty-five per cent of our missed tackles came from the bench, so that was disappointing, and they were only on for the last 15, 20 minutes.
"I expect more. We'll talk about that.
"I know we've got young players and new players and whatever, but I expect them to make a difference, otherwise I don't put him on the field."
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