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Wallabies looking to simplify

07th September 2013 22:05


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Answers: Ewen McKenzie

Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has hinted that the Wallabies may adopt a simpler game plan after coming unstuck against South Africa.

After making what McKenzie described as "unacceptable" errors in attack, the Wallabies found themselves on the end of a 38-12 hammering at home against the Springboks.

Australia were unable to a create a try of their own whilst the visitors scored four, instead relying on the boot of Christian Leali'ifano who struck four penalties.

The heavy loss means that Australia have now conceded 153 points in their last four Test matches; against the British and Irish Lions, New Zealand and the Boks.

McKenzie has endured a difficult start to his tenure as head coach of the national side, but insisted his management team would now reassess their tactics before facing Argentina.

"It doesn't matter who you play if you drop the ball in key moments and they counter-attack it's hard work," said McKenzie.

"You've got to create opportunities and you've got to grab them. We didn't quite get there. That was the frustrating thing. We got up there in front of the goalposts four times and turned the ball over.

"There are bits of the game that are improving slowly but you are judged on the scoreboard and that's not an acceptable outcome. We made it too easy for them in the second half.

"The bottom line is we made too many errors to win.

"In the end we have to say why are we making the errors? Either we're playing a game that is too complicated or the skill level doesn't match it. So we'll go back and have a look.

"We'll dumb it down a bit and make it a bit simpler. That would be disappointing. But we'll look at the whole gamut.

"When we got two scores behind do you shut up shop or do you try to win? We tried to win but all we did was dig a deeper hole."

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