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Wallabies scrum to provide platform: Sekope Kepu
ESPN Staff
November 3, 2014
Sekope Kepu says the Wallabies' set-piece must perform better © Getty Images
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The Wallabies' scrum has stood up well to northern hemisphere opposition in recent times, but prop Sekope Kepu says Australia should be striving to dominate the set-piece.

Australia have started to move away from their infamous history of scrum woes since the 2013 end-of-year tour of Europe, as they come to terms with the new engagement laws, but there are still underlying concerns the set-piece will prove their Achilles heel at the Rugby World Cup in the UK this time next year.

New coach Michael Cheika wants to build a more consistent Wallabies outfit, and veteran prop Kepu believes that starts with Australia getting on top up front.

"The last couple of years we've been over here we've done pretty well [in the scrum] but that's not good enough," Kepu said, noting the pack would get a clear gauge of their status on the tour, with Tests against powerful scrummagers Wales, France, Ireland and England on consecutive weekends.

"That's what Cheik's talking about. We need get that consistency and make other teams worried about us. We've shown in the past we can do it. It's just a matter of putting it out there every time. It's a matter of building belief and that attitude and the mentality had got to be right every time, every scrum."

Australia's scrum showed signs of vulnerability in their 40-36 win against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Saturday, but the pack will be restored to full strength against Wales.

Rob Simmons said the scrum had been identified as a key area of focus on this tour. "It's definitely a source of pride for us," the Reds second-row said. "Each time we come over here, the Australian scrum gets spoken about. I think the last few years, it's done quite well and we're trying to push forward and make it a world scrum."

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