Mighty Maroons inspire the Wallabies
The Wallabies will draw inspiration from Queensland’s fighting State of Origin comeback in their bid to upset the All Blacks at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie and his team together watched the underdog Maroons fight back from 10-0 down at half-time in Adelaide on Wednesday night to beat heavy favourites NSW 18-14 and take a 1-0 Origin series lead.
Rennie said the composure Queensland showed in clawing themselves back into the contest was something the Wallabies could learn from.
The Wallabies trailed New Zealand 26-0 after 31 minutes last Saturday in Sydney, and opted for unsuccessful “miracle” plays to end up losing 43-5, a defeat which ensured the Bledisloe Cup would remain with the All Blacks for an 18th successive year.
“I loved the (Origin) game,” Rennie said.
“What I loved about it was Queensland found themselves down and under pressure, and they fought their way back into it, as conversely to what we tried to do last week, which was try to create a few miracles and lacked patience, so there’s a good lesson in there for us as well.”
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Wallabies No.8 Harry Wilson, who despite being a Queensland Reds player supports the Blues in the Origin due to him being born in NSW, was impressed by the Maroons.
Just the way Queensland, even when they were down they were very calm and didn’t get too flustered and then in the second half they … slowly grinded and grinded until they got points on the board,” Wilson said
“We don’t want to be in those positions early in games when we’re down by a fair few points but you need something to look on if we are down to know that if we can just get back to playing the right footy and playing their end and building pressure, it becomes very beneficial for us.”
If there’s ever a venue for a State of Origin-type Queensland fightback from the Wallabies it’s “The Cauldron” on Saturday night.
“I’m so excited for this weekend,” said 20-year-old Wilson, who after three Tests will finally have his family in the crowd to see him play for Australia.
“Normally when you debut of your first few games your family would be able to be there but obviously with COVID they haven’t been there.
“To be able to just see them in the crowd this weekend and say g’day, I haven’t seen them in a few months now, I can’t wait to play at Suncorp.
“It’s one of my favourite stadiums so to be back there representing the Wallabies will be really special.”
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