The worst attack in 15 years – Phil Waugh
The Wallabies run of poor results in 2018 has seen coach Michael Cheika forced to experiment with different combinations in the play making roles
After dropping long term five eighth Bernard Foley for Kurtley Beale, the Wallabies lack of direction in attack has seen Cheika looking to make more changes with Beale set to move back to his preferred inside centre position. Who takes over at five eights remains to be seen.
Speaking with the Macquarie Sports Radio Breakfast show with Mark Levy and Mark Riddell, Former Wallabies great Phil Waugh gave his thoughts on who he believed would assume the vacant play making position, “It seems inevitable that Kurtley will move back to 12 and then it’s just a matter of whether it’s Matt Toomua or Bernard Foley at 10. It’s funny the way they play, they interchange between first and second receiver all the time anyway. It doesn’t what number they’ve got on their back. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cheika gave it back to Foley. He’s given him a rest and given him a bit of rev up and you know he’s certainly played his best Rugby beside Kurtley Beale so that combination’s been a good one.”
The former Waratahs and Wallabies flanker went on to discuss the current issues facing Australian Rugby at present, “You look at the playing depth and they’re probably a little bit short particularly in point scoring ability and that’s all the talk, you know ‘worst attack in 15 years’. So you’ve got to look at the backline and ask how come we’re not scoring points? But it’s a cultural thing, it’s a team thing at the moment. People are asking is it the coach? Is it the players? You know I think it’s full squad responsibility to get things right”
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Listen to the full interview with Phil Waugh here: