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Phillips eyes Wallaby redemption

27th November 2013 15:41


SKY_MOBILE Mike Phillips Wales

A fresh start: Mike Phillips

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips says his side are ready for a fresh start on Saturday after a run of last-gasp defeats to Australia.

The Wallabies take on Phillips and co. at the Millennium Stadium, with the hosts having suffered agonising losses in their past three clashes with the touring team.

Late penalties for the men in green and gold in Melbourne and Sydney in June 2012 saw leads slip, and a Kurtley Beale try gave Australia a 14-12 victory a year ago at the same venue.

But the hulking scrum-half is adamant such encounters must be banished from the Welsh mindset going into the Test.

"It is sport and you have to put these things behind you," Phillips told the BBC.

"We have done that and and hopefully we have learned from those experiences, those games and those big moments.

"It's a fresh game and we can go out with confidence and put things right.

"It's about fine margins, accuracy and playing for the full 80, and keeping the concentration levels. It's as simple as that.

"It is the little things at international level that make all the difference."

While Wales have not overcome the Wallabies since 2008, with four of the eight subsequent losses by three points or less, the 31-year-old Phillips was part of the British and Irish Lions side that overcame Australia in June and July.

But he dispels the notion that the tour success will have any bearing on Saturday's outcome.

"We are a totally different team, different set-up and different environment," said Phillips.

"We are in Wales now - it's the Millennium Stadium on Saturday and all the Welsh boys are concentrating on ourselves.

"We just cannot wait to get out there in front of a packed house and we want to finish on a high. Hopefully, we will give Wales a day to remember."

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