New Wallabies captain Will Genia believes his team will bounce back in Saturday’s clash with the All Blacks in Auckland
Genia takes over the reins from David Pocock, who sustained a knee injury in 27-19 Bledisloe Cup defeat in Sydney, but despite being without the world-class opensidel flank, first-choice skipper James Horwill the scrum-half is confident in his team’s abilities and especially his leadership skills.
“We are a very resilient group, and know we were very inaccurate in a lot of things we did during last weekend’s Test, but the most disappointing thing was that we didn’t start the way we wanted to,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“We’re going to be hard on ourselves this week, and not look for soft options. We will work on getting the mindset right.
“Captaincy is also a responsibility I enjoy. But that’s not my focus. We had a disappointing result on Saturday and we want to fix a lot of things. That this week’s focus.”
Although Genia feels Pocock’s absence will be a big setback to the Wallabies he is confident that Michael Hooper or Liam Gill would be an adequate replacement.
“David is a massive loss, and his impact is going to be missed because he is a world-class player,’’ he explained.
“But it opens the door for Michael Hooper and Liam Gill, and it’s a chance for both to see what they’re made of.
“Most importantly we need to want the ball more. We can look to be a bit more attacking with ball in hand as a back line. We were a little bit passive and probably relied too much on the forwards.”
Meanwhile, Pocock said he injured his kee after about 30 minutes in the Sydney Test.
“I skirted around a ruck, stepped off it, felt a little bit of a pinch, and it felt pretty sore from there on,” he revealed.
“I decided to stay on because I was pretty keen to do everything I could to stay in the game and finish it off.”