Toomua tipped for Wallaby gold

Sun, 04 Aug 2013 12:37
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Aaron Cruden was full of praise for Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua and expects him to compete for the Wallabies No.10 jersey.

Aaron Cruden was full of praise for Brumbies flyhalf Matt Toomua and expects him to compete for the Wallabies No.10 jersey.

Toomua was impressive in the Super Rugby Final in Hamilton where the Brumbies fell just short as a late surge from the Chiefs saw them secure their second consecutive title.

Cruden said that he had expected a stern test from Toomua, and admitted that the Brumbies playmaker certainly has the ability to make it at Test level if selected by Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

"I thought he was strong, he has been strong all year. He really dictates the way that the Brumbies like to play and he is a really dangerous player, especially with guys outside him that he can unleash.

"He is a very confrontational first-five who looks to get up and put teams under pressure with his line speed. We had ploys to try and exploit that but they didn't really come off too well," he said.

Under Robbie Deans Kurtley Beale and James o'Connor were used at flyhalf for the Wallabies despite their lack of experience in the position and McKenzie is expected to call on Reds playmaker Quade Cooper, but there are some who believe that Toomua should be given an opportunity.

"You have got a lot of good quality first-fives over there and quite a few guys who are not natural first-fives that have been given a crack over in Aussie but no matter who they put in that 10 jersey they will be dangerous especially with the guys they have got up front and outside them as well.

"I think he has done his chances no harm this year, he has had a great campaign and I suppose Ewen McKenzie will decide," he said.

Cruden admitted that the Brumbies had the better of the game in the first hour before the home side took a tough win with two late tries.

"The Brumbies are a very dangerous side and we knew that and we tried to contain it as best we could but they probably had the jump on us for the first 60 minutes but we were able to come back in the last 20 minutes and get over the line.

"I think the crowd was probably our 16th man on the field, the impact we got off the bench as well was huge," he added.

Cruden said that his erratic goal-kicking is a bit of a concern, but it is something he is confident that he can sort out.

"It has been a tricky old season to be fair, it has been a little bit hit and miss and I was just stoked to see the last couple go through the posts.

"I will get back on the horse and keep at it, as a kicker you just have to try and kick your way through the bad times," he said.

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