World Cup loss not a factor – Moore

Date published: November 12 2013

Wallaby hooker Stephen Moore played down the significance of the result the last time his side met Ireland – a 15-6 World Cup defeat.

Wallaby hooker Stephen Moore played down the significance of the result the last time his side met Ireland – a 15-6 World Cup defeat in 2011.

Ahead of Australia's visit to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, Moore believes the sides are in “similar positions” having both won handsomely in their previous round of fixtures.

The Wallabies racked up 50 points in a victory over Italy in Turin, while the Irishmen comfortably overcame Samoa in Dublin 40-9.

“It's a pain that loss in Twickenham,” Moore told the Irish Times of the Wallabies' narrow 20-13 defeat to England a fortnight ago.

“But any time you can score 50 points is pleasing. It means you must be doing something right.

“I guess both teams (Ireland and Australia) are in similar positions. Both had big wins at the weekend. They probably didn't convince too many people where they are at so we're both probably in a questionable position.”

But with a new set of players, and indeed a new coach at the helm in the form of Ewen McKenzie, Moore doesn't believe that World Cup loss at Eden Park will have an effect on Saturday's clash.

“Ah look I think that's the last time we played them,” added Moore, referring to the Eden Park scoreline.

“We certainly spoke a little bit about it, not too much. Played a lot of Tests since then so I like to think that won't be a factor.”

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