Genia: 'Toxic' check at Loftus
Cape Town – The truth or otherwise of long-time Wallabies
and Reds halfback partner Quade Cooper’s claims of a “toxic environment” in the
Australian camp will be “there for all to see” against the Springboks at Loftus
on Saturday, says absent captain Will Genia.
The scrumhalf, currently recovering back home after
rupturing a knee ligament earlier in the Castle Rugby Championship, was
speaking in the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday in the wake of the
ever-controversial Cooper’s charges of unrest in the touring camp.
The outspoken No 10 had also lashed out at coach Robbie
Deans’s “boring” game-plan.
Genia, however, is taking a more diplomatic, seemingly
“reserve judgement” view ahead of the Highveld crunch (17:00 kickoff).
“If you go over there (to South Africa) and you play against
the Springboks in Pretoria and you’re not all on the same page, you’re not all
buying into it ... they’ll get smashed, to be honest.
“The boys do understand the privilege that they have in
representing their country. We all do ... they don’t take that for granted.
“They seem very focussed, they seem like they’re really
enjoying their time over there.”
The Wallabies have never won at Loftus, where previous
results between the two nations are as follows:
1963: South Africa 14
1997: South Africa 61
2001: South Africa 20
2005: South Africa 22
2010: South Africa 44