Wallabies must fix set-piece – Moore

Date published: September 16 2014

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The spate of injuries in the hooking position suffered by the Wallabies emphasises the importance of set piece play at Test level.

The spate of injuries in the hooking position suffered by the Wallabies emphasises the importance of set piece play at Test level.

That is the word from injured Wallabies hooker Stephen Moore, who feels too much is made of his side's attacking game.

The Wallabies have eight more Tests to play this year against teams whose set-piece play is used as a launchpad to attack from.

After they face South Africa and Argentina, the Wallabies then host the All Blacks in Brisbane on October 18.

They then leave for Europe at the end of October for their annual end-of-year tour and take on the Barbarians before playing Wales, France, Ireland and England in Tests.

“It's such an important area of the game,” Moore told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“We talk a lot about running rugby, scoring tries, flair … but it all starts with set piece in Test footy.

“Get ascendancy or win your ball well, you can do a lot with that.”

On the challenge Australia face in the line-outs and scrums in upcoming Tests, Moore said: “Look at the importance of the set-piece across those eight games.

“It's massive in every one of them.”

Australia suffered another injury to a hooker when Tatafu Polota-Nau suffered ankle syndesmosis in last weekend's Test against Argentina on the Gold Coast.

Moore, who was the first of several Wallaby hookers to get injured this season, is amazed that so many of his rivals have also been crocked.

“It's been incredible, particularly with 'Taf' getting injured after being out and coming back,” he added.

“You saw the importance of 'Taf' [on Saturday] where I thought our scrum was really good in the first half.

“We put them under pressure.

“But everyone who has stepped in for a game here or there has done a really good job in the hooking role.

“Nathan Charles, James Hanson … they all performed well. They can be confident about playing again.

“They'll have to take the bulk of the load for the rest of the year.”

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