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Slipper backs improving scrum

16th October 2013 10:37


James Slipper Australia 2013

Confident: James Slipper

Australia loosehead James Slipper is confident the Wallabies have taken big steps towards strengthening their ailing scrummage ahead of November.

The 24-year-old has found himself on the end of a number of set-piece bestings, and was yellow-carded for repeated scrum infringements in his side's heavy Rugby Championship victory over Argentina two weeks ago.

However, Slipper believes Australia have substantial improvements to that facet of their game ahead of the final Bledisloe Cup fixture on Saturday.

"It's been on the improve all year. We just need to keep that improvement going," the prop told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Against the Argentinians a couple of weeks ago we did okay. We knew they were going to attack us (there).

"We saw what they did to the All Blacks the week before us and we were pretty confident they were going to attack us there.

"We did step up and we've been working hard at it.

"Set piece in international rugby is vital for winning the games so (coach Ewen McKenzie) has emphasised set piece needs to be consistent and be the platform we work off and score points from.

"We've been working hard on it over the last two months on scrums and line outs - it's a real test this weekend against the All Blacks."

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