Some will say they’re clutching at straws however the Wallabies have discovered a silver lining to their 43-12 Rugby Championship mauling by the hands of Springboks.
- Australia misplaced 43-12 in Pretoria in opposition to South Africa, who’re the present World Cup holders
- White mentioned this Wallabies squad had solely skilled collectively for 5 periods previous to the match
- Australia’s first recreation within the 2023 World Cup is on September 10 in opposition to Georgia
“It sort of exhibits how far off the mark we’re,” halfback Nic White mentioned of the pounding in Pretoria that has despatched coach Eddie Jones again to the drafting board.
“It is nonetheless a bitter capsule to swallow … we’re not the place we need to be — a great distance off truly.
“There was no sugar-coating, we had been straight into it after the sport in areas that we weren’t as much as scratch. We have to discover solutions.
“Issues did not go to plan. A little bit of a baptism of fireside on the market. They are a bloody good aspect, confirmed why they’re world champs and present World Cup holders.”
The honeymoon is effectively and actually over for Jones, the coach with the Midas contact who many billed because the saviour when Rugby Australia parachuted the 63-year-old in to switch the sacked Dave Rennie in January.
From failing to seek out contact from penalties to kicking out on the total normally play, turning over low cost possession and having two gamers yellow carded, White conceded your entire Wallabies efficiency was a horror present.
“However there have been some positives on the market,” White mentioned.
“I do know it is exhausting to listen to that proper now however we have been collectively as a squad of 35 for, like, 5 periods earlier than that.
“There have been some issues that we had been effectively wanting and we all know that now.
“I am not making excuses, however we’re nonetheless discovering a little bit of readability in the best way we need to play.
“We had been going up in opposition to the world champs there, a crew that is been collectively beneath the identical workers, the identical group of gamers, for like eight years.
“They’ve actual readability in the best way they need to play the sport and it is bloody exhausting to cease.”
Jones has 4 extra Assessments to decide on his squad for the World Cup, and followers will study on Thursday if he makes wholesale adjustments for Saturday’s conflict with the Michael Cheika-coached Argentina in Sydney.
Winger Suliasi Vunivalu is within the firing line after a very poor beginning debut in Pretoria.
Mark Nawaqanitawase can be an apparent alternative after having fun with an impressive spring tour of Europe final November, whereas Andrew Kellaway is anticipated to be obtainable for choice after recovering from damage.
Younger gun Carter Gordon sparked the Wallabies after changing playmaker Quade Cooper, who began strongly earlier than being starved of ball in opposition to the rampant Springboks.
Jones can also be positive to contemplate beginning the vigorous Tate McDermott as an alternative of White.
One participant sure to not deal with the Pumas is Taniela Tupou, with Jones sending the powerhouse prop again to the Australia A crew to play Tonga in Nuku’alofa on Friday night time.
Tupou desperately wants recreation time after rupturing an achilles tendon on the spring tour.