Ashley-Cooper: Attitude is key

Date published: October 16 2015

Australia's Adam Ashley-Cooper revealed that there is no different approach to Sunday's quarter-final against Scotland as the team has played each game as if it was their last.

Australia can take much confidence from defeating hosts England and Wales in the pool stages, finishing on top of the 'Pool of Death' as a result.

The former Waratahs utility back said that now that the tournament is into the knockout stages, it simply a matter of keeping the same attitude. 

"We have been playing every game like it's knockout football, we had to approach it that way because of the circumstances of our pool," said the 31-year-old.

"Scotland are going to want to turn up and play for their people – they are a passionate country, I have experienced that when I have played them before. You can never underestimate that type of passion.

"I am expecting that type of intensity at the weekend, which will be no different to the last few times we have played Scotland. It is a huge occasion and every player is going to be very excited and motivated to play."

Ashley-Cooper heaped praise on coach Michael Cheika for his mental approach leading up to big games.

"He has helped us work on our mental preparation and the mindset of going into a test week," he added.

"He has really allowed us to focus on ourselves and build our mental strength and free up a lot of self-belief."