The Wallabies are thrilled with how their scrum functioned against Argentina but prop Sekope Kepu is wary of Australia's forwards having their pants pulled down by a highly experienced All Blacks pack on Saturday if they get too ahead of themselves.
Whether or not Australia can replicate the scrum dominance they showed against the Pumas is yet to be seen but the evidence at Suncorp Stadium – from both starters and reserves – was pleasing to say the least for not only Michael Cheika but forwards coach Simon Raiwalui, who has copped his fair share of criticism since coming on board last year.
The Wallabies' upcoming match against New Zealand won't be any easier. An experienced front row of Joe Moody, Codie Taylor and Owen Franks – with 187 Tests between them – is expected to take the field.
"Were not going to rest on our laurels and think weve done a great job," Kepu said. "Weve parked that and weve got a massive, massive challenge on Saturday. We cant be fooled. You cant be smiling and happy about that and get caught with our pants down on Saturday. We have to keep moving forward."
"Theyve got that chemistry from the Crusaders and everyone else behind them. Theyre not going to sweat it too much. Im sure theyll prepare really, really well and want to bounce back as we did from the Springboks the first week."
Kepu said the reality had hit home this was more than likely his final chance to win the Bledisloe Cup, something the Wallabies have not achieved since 2002 when George Gregans side triumphed 16-14 in game two in Sydney.
The veteran forward is off at the end of the year to London Irish but has played enough Tests (105) that he could return for the Wallabies if required, which is unlikely given Kepu is 33 years old.
"I remember speaking to Willy Genia at the back of the bus before one of the games we were driving to," Kepu said. "That moment where you start driving into stadiums and you see the people gathered walking to the stadium … thats the feeling you love and do miss about the game.
"We were whispering to each other that these are the feelings youre going to miss. Youve got to balance it and youre not going to let the emotions blind you and hinder your performance or how you go into that cRead More – Source