‘It’s time to perform’: Justin Tipuric says Wales must arrest desperate record against southern hemisphere giants ahead of crunch Australia clash
- Wales have a desperate record against southern hemisphere giants
- Wales won seven of last 41 Tests against South Africa, New Zealand and Australia
- Justin Tipuric hopes a win on Sunday will ease pressure on group qualification
Wales are gearing themselves up for the ‘big one’ here on Sunday against their bogey team Australia – knowing they must re-write the history books.
Their record against the southern hemisphere giants, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, is desperate.
In 41 Tests over the trio since Warren Gatland has coached Wales they have won just seven – and five of those have been in the last six against the Springboks.
Justin Tipuric says it’s time for Wales to perform against big southern hemisphere nations
Warren Gatland’s side lost seven of last 41 Tests against Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
At World Cups it gets worse – with their only victory in 11 at the tournament by a point to 14-man Australia in 1987.
‘Before we even came in here you knew this was going to be a big one,’ said Wales flanker Justin Tipuric who was part of the 9-6 win over Australia last November, their first for a decade.
‘Now we’re here it’s time to perform. People would expect there was a bit of a mental block, I don’t know, in the end in the last game we probably left about 15 points out there so it made the scoreline look a lot closer than it actually was.
Wales opened their World Cup campaign with a rampant 43-14 win over Georgia
‘There’s no bones about it. Both teams want to try and get through, and finish top of the group. There has been some tough results in the past, but it was nice to get a win last autumn against them.
‘I think they’ll be champing at the bit to get that back from us. We want to hold on to making sure we get another ‘W’ so it’s going to be a big game.
‘Ideally we win on Sunday and it would put us top of the group, and make life a little bit easier for the rest of the games.
‘I wouldn’t say so much a Cup final, but it’s an important game for us in this World Cup. Momentum is an important part of it – if you keep on building that, put in good performances you are going to be flying and tough to beat.’
Tipuric will be set for a titanic breakdown battle with Australian duo Michael Hooper and David Pocock, and he cannot wait.
Tipuric is set for a titanic battle against Australia duo Michael Hooper and David Pocock
‘They’re absolutely world-class sevens,’ he added.
‘When you play against world-class back-rowers you always know you’re going to be in for a tough game. Those two are consistently up there with the best in the world. You know what type of game you’re going to be in for.
‘They’re both totally different players. Pocock is probably the player in the world over the ball defensively – and Michael is more of an attacking seven, probably has a bit more of a rugby brain to be in the right place in the right time.’
Wales have no further injury concerns for the match, after Cory Hill went home and was replaced by Bradley Davies, with Hadleigh Parkes training fully despite a fractured hand, and Ken Owens fine after taking a leg knock against Georgia.
They announce their team on Friday and are not expected to make drastic changes from the side that opened the World Cup with a 43-14 win in Toyota.