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Toomua thriving next to Cooper

18th November 2013 10:10



Matt Toomua: Enjoys playing at 12

Wallabies inside centre Matt Toomua is enjoying his new role and is thrilled that his partnership with Quade Cooper is thriving.

Toomua, who usually plays as a fly-half, has impressed as a hard-running, ball-playing number 12 for Australia, and is combining well with Cooper. The duo's playmaking abilities has reaped rewards with with the Wallabies scoring 11 tries in the past two Tests and the back-line seeing plenty of ball in space.

"Personally I'm starting to read when Quade likes to go to the line and when he likes to deliver," Toomua told Rugby Heaven.

"That will help me, that will help Tevita [Kuridrani], it will help Izzy [Israel Folau], and you're seeing guys like Izzy more often than not break tackles, that's always helping guys around him when they're looking for offloads and stuff like that.

"It will come. We're definitely not there yet but it's exciting that we can put some points on now. We're definitely still growing."

Toomua has also impressed on defence with some big hits and admits that it's an area of his game which he has worked on.

"If I'm going to be at No.12 I don't want to just be a ball-playing 12, or just a distributor, I want to provide another aspect to that," he added.

"That physicality is something you need, at this level you can't just play side-to-side you have to have some vertical attack.

"We're getting that in patches at the moment, with Tevita there as well.

"I thought defensively I was okay in areas there. I was quite happy in certain parts, if I made a mistake in attack or somewhere I could try to fix it and not just make the tackle but make a statement in that area.

"I think that's important, because the balance you get having a ball-playing 12 is that you can quite often lose a lot of physicality, so it's something I can bring to the game, try to get the best of both worlds hopefully."

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