Genia: 'Toxic' check at Loftus

2012-09-26 10:57
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 Australia 3

1997: South Africa 61 Australia 22

2001: South Africa 20 Australia 15

2005: South Africa 22 Australia 16

2010: South Africa 44 Australia 31

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
19 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures

04 October 2014
  • South Africa v New Zealand, Johannesburg 17:05
05 October 2014
  • Argentina v Australia, Mendoza 00:40
08 November 2014
  • Ireland v South Africa, Lansdowne Road 19:30

Logs

Rank Team P W Pts

Results

27 September 2014
13 September 2014
06 September 2014
23 August 2014
16 August 2014
28 June 2014
21 June 2014
14 June 2014
07 June 2014
23 November 2013
17 November 2013
09 November 2013
05 October 2013
28 September 2013
14 September 2013
07 September 2013
24 August 2013
17 August 2013
22 June 2013
15 June 2013
08 June 2013

Opinion Poll

Did you see enough in South Africa's 28-10 win over Australia to suggest they could upset the All Blacks at Ellis Park?

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.