Wallabies must rediscover ruthlessness to have a hope in Britain | Bret Harris

Against Japan there was a looseness in Australia’s play that was not evident against the Springboks and the Pumas

One of the traits coach Dave Rennie is attempting to instil into the Wallabies is ruthlessness. On that score, the team’s unconvincing 32-23 win against Japan in Oita was deeply disappointing.

Compare Australia’s performance to the All Blacks, who reached triple figures in their 104-14 win against the USA in Washington on Sunday.

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Wallabies scrape past Japan to make winning start to spring tour

  • Japan cut lead to four points with five minutes to go
  • Captain Hooper says ‘they tested us in a lot of areas’

The Wallabies had a minor scare late in the game but held on to launch their end-of-season tour with a 32-23 victory over Japan in Oita on Saturday and extend their winning streak to five Tests.

Wingers Tom Wright and Jordan Petaia crossed for tries in the first half, while forwards Taniela Tupou, Rob Leota and Connal McInerney added scores after the break to maintain Australia’s 100% record in six Tests against Japan.

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Japan Brave Blossoms 23-32 Australia Wallabies: Rugby spring tour 2021 – as it happened

  • Japan 23-32 Australia
  • Wallabies extend unbeaten run to five Tests

Out dash the Wallabies in their traditional gold uniform with green strip. Japan follow close behind in a much more controlled march, wearing their cherry and white hoops, reminiscent of Wigan rugby league.

Another week, another need for a serious discussion around the role of concussion in the sport.

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Hunter Paisami returns for Wallabies with Samu Kerevi ruled out of Japan Test

  • Kerevi fails to recover from ankle injury suffered against Argentina
  • Tom Wright replaces Jordan Petaia on wing for game in Oita

Hunter Paisami has been recalled for Australia’s Test against Japan, replacing Samu Kerevi at inside centre after the explosive midfielder failed to overcome an ankle injury for Saturday’s clash in Oita.

Tom Wright has replaced Jordan Petaia on the wing after a lively cameo off the bench in the 32-17 win over Argentina on the Gold Coast three weeks ago.

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