A stellar performance in the lineout from rookie locks Adam Coleman and Rory Arnold against Wales was instrumental in their 32-8 Spring Tour opener at Millenium Stadium.
There were concerns for the set piece fragility, following the switch of 184cm David Pocock at blindside flanker – but that was quickly eased as 208cm Arnold consistently reeled in Stephen Moore’s accurate throws.
Overall Australia grabbed 12 of 13 lineouts on their own throw, and their first try came off the back of a rolling maul from a lineout from Moore close to the tryline.
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An impressive performance from Nick Phipps has opened up questions for the No.9 jersey, as Will Genia makes his return to the test after his French club disallowed him leave.
Phipps produced on of his best shifts, with snipping runs in the first half, paving the way forward for Australia’s giant second-rowers.
Coach Michael Cheika is expected to decide on halfback for the Scotland clash this week, as Genia joins the club in Edinburgh after an impressive performance in the Rugby Championship.