Wallabies: ‘Nice bloke’ Noah Lolesio needs to be ‘more aggressive’

Colin Newboult

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Australia attack coach Scott Wisemantel has urged fly-half Noah Lolesio to be more assertive if he wants to get to the very top.

The pivot is an outstanding talent and played a significant role in his country’s impressive 25-17 triumph over South Africa at the weekend.

A late injury depending, Lolesio will also start in Sydney on Saturday as the Wallabies look to make it successive victories in the Rugby Championship.

Having authority

“One thing we really want from Noah is to be a bit more aggressive because he’s such a nice bloke,” Wisemantel told reporters.

“As a coach … I want him to be filthy if he’s not selected. I want him to come to me and go, ‘why, how are we going to do this and what are you going to do for me?’ because that’s my job.

“It’s not being rude, but in that role as a player who touches the ball more than most players in the team, he has to have that authority and that command and to do that you actually have to practice it daily.

“‘I need you here. I want you here. If you don’t show up, there’s going to be consequences’ … it’s aggressive language, and off the field Noah’s nothing like that.”

Wisemantel was pleased with Lolesio’s performance against the Springboks, but believes that the fly-half can still make a number of improvements in his game.

Solid performance

“He was solid, he did his job (but) there’s areas that we can still touch on there,” he said.

“The most impressive thing for me was when we scored that first try with (Fraser) McReight, if you go back two phases beforehand, and you look where Noah is, he’s connected to the forwards.

“But the authority he had with telling him what he wanted, how we wanted it and was organising, that to me was the most impressive part of his game.

“Whether you’re right or wrong, if you’re demanding things, commanding things, then blokes are going to show up for you.”

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