Wallabies defence coach under the spotlight

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:43

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Wallabies defence coach Nathan Grey will have his work cut out for him this week as he looks to rectify Australia's defensive frailties ahead of this year's second Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks on Saturday.

The Wallabies conceded eight tries on their way to a 34-54 defeat to the All Blacks in Sydney last weekend.

"You're always looking at combinations and looking at the opposition's threats and certainly provided a few for us on the weekend and fully taking ownership from that perspective as a coaching group and myself," said Grey in an interview on rugby.com.au.

"That's something we've got to work on and continue to improve and there are certainly some areas in the game there where we were able defensively to put them under some pressure and force a couple of turnovers and get a few tries.

"There’s certainly some positives from that perspective."

Grey has brought in a new defensive strategy for the Wallabies this year and he believes it will take time for the players to get it right.

"You're always tweaking and looking to improve things and we're not the only team that does that," he said.

"We had a good look at them and really believe that the way we were trying to do things is going to be really positive for us and when we get that right and everyone executes that we can get the results that we're looking for."

Meanwhile, Wallabies wing Henry Speight believes that a lack of trust was to blame for their defensive woes.

"I think it's just being our first hit out and having not played in a while," said Speight.

"Everyone was just a bit hesitant.

"In saying that, all we can do is learn from the weekend and the past 48 hours, there's been a lot of learning going on.

"The boys are a lot better for it today [Monday].

"That's the main thing we're looking at this week, and our main thing is trusting the person next to us is going to do his job and us doing our jobs individually, hopefully, will be better for the collective."

Source: rugby.com.au

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