Genia: We believe we can win

Date published: October 22 2015

Australian scrum-half Will Genia has said that his side have complete confidence in their ability to win the World Cup.

The Wallabies are favourites to down Argentina in Sunday's semi-final and progress to the tournament final where they will face the winner of Saturday's semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa.

The All Blacks are overwhelming favourites to beat the Springboks and defend their title regardless of who they come up against in the final.

Australia have beaten all three of the teams that join them in the semi-finals at some point this year, and Genia has said that they back themselves to become the third Wallaby team to win the World Cup, repeating the feat achieved by the side led by Nick Farr-Jones in 1991 and John Eales' class of 1999.

Asked what he would consider to be a good result to return home with, Genia had only one thing on his mind, asserting: "Win. We want to win."

And Genia has no doubts about Australia's ability to achieve that goal after coach Michael Cheika challenged his side's self-belief

"I genuinely believe. I believe in what we are trying to achieve as a team and how we are trying to live as people," he said.

"What [Cheika] trying to get at is that if you think you won't, you won't. You've got to eliminate all doubts and think you deserve to win it because you've done the hard work. You've got to believe you can win it, you can go all the way. That way you take out any doubts. The moment you start having doubts, that hesitation creeps in and you sort of fall off the pace a little bit."

Australia were given a real scare by Scotland in their quarter-final last weekend, requiring a last-minute penalty to claim a 35-34 win. 

After the match, Cheika took responsibility for the poor performance, stating that he had not prepared the team well enough. Genia has revealed that the coach's words were well received by the players.

From a player's point of view … you just appreciate that honesty. It takes a lot of guts to stand up in front of the group and say something like that. I think that touched a few blokes," Genia said.

"There's just a lot of respect for your teammates and with that respect comes honesty. Just because you say you didn't do something well doesn't mean you're having a go at someone.

"It means you want them to do it better so that next time the team can perform better. That's the probably the biggest difference [in this Wallabies team] – it's taken a lot better than other environments I've been a part of. Guys don't take offence to things like that."