Dave Rennie nonetheless ‘grumpy’ regardless of first win over Pumas

The Wallabies are driving a four-year excessive however that gained’t cease coach Dave Rennie from getting grumpy as he sinks his tooth additional into the rebuilding group.

A 27-8 defeat of a plucky Argentina in Townsville on Saturday ensured Australia prevented any banana peel moments for a third-straight Rugby Championship win.

However some sloppy moments clearly pissed off Rennie, who admitted to some nervous moments when Los Pumas mounted a second-half problem.

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“We’re all the time searching for perfection aren’t we?” he stated.

“It’ll be fairly clear to the boys; we’re glad to win little doubt however in opposition to good sides like Argentina you’ve received to place them out of the competition once you get the prospect.

“They dominated the third 20 minutes and in the event that they scored once more, it was going to be an arm wrestle.

“But it surely offers us an opportunity to be grumpy by the overview after a win.”

Samu Kerevi continued his high quality type since rejoining the squad, making 90 metres on 14 carries with six deal with breaks, three line breaks and a strive.

His highly effective working recreation gave measured No 10 Quade Cooper a continuing choice and left Argentina coach Mario Ledesma, a former Wallabies assistant, in admiration.

“I feel he’s extra mature and perhaps fitter from what I bear in mind,” Ledesma stated of Japan-based Kerevi, who has credited his improved physique to his participation in Australia’s Olympic rugby sevens marketing campaign.

Not since successful 4 consecutive video games in 2017 – a part of a seven-game unbeaten streak that included two attracts in opposition to South Africa – have the Wallabies loved such a chronic interval of success.

“We’re happy to get the win; we drew these video games [two against Argentina] final 12 months, so it’s pleasing to take a step ahead,” captain Michael Hooper stated.

“We’re sticking to the script, largely.

“There’s enchancment there however we’re on board, creating some perception in what Wallaby rugby seems like.”

Australia will full their Rugby Championship with an Argentina rematch on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Rennie stated in-form winger Marika Koroibete would depart the squad for some well-earned household time earlier than returning for the Spring tour.

That opens a place on the sting, probably for Jorda n Petaia to earn some extra minutes after restricted cameos off the bench this previous month.

Rennie additionally hinted Japan-based backrower Sean McMahon, added to the squad courtesy of the Giteau Regulation’s leisure, would make his take a look at return after a four-year absence.

– Murray Wenzel


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