Cape Town - A first Test double was sweet for Will Genia, but just playing would have been enough for the Wallabies scrumhalf.
Genia crossed in the 12th and 52nd minutes of the Wallabies’ 36-20
win over Argentina on Saturday night, his first tries in gold since
While he said that drought wasn’t one
he was fazed by, he joked it was good to be able to answer potentially
his harshest critic - wife Vanessa.
The returned scrumhalf has relished his chance to play for the
Wallabies and even just play any rugby, after a seven-month layoff from a
There has been little rust to shake off since he came back, in a run
of form that yielded a man of the match award in Perth against the Pumas
and Genia said it all came back to a desire to play.
"I had people telling me that you might have to have major surgery
and I ended up just having a simple scope after a couple of months but
then gave it three or four months to just get everything right so that I
could play again," Genia told the official Australian Rugby website.
"I guess that makes you pretty hungry to get back out there.
"Then when you get back out there, you’re just really happy to be there and you just really want to enjoy it.
"I’m just happy to be on there."
To finally receive some payoff for training has made his return even
better, with the Wallabies notching two wins in a row in the past
"We defended for long periods of time - we could’ve easily just given
up and conceded points but the guys stuck to the systems, stuck to the
shape in terms of defence," he said.
"On the other side, when we got the ball, we were, at times we were
sloppy but we took our opportunities and scored points where we could."
Amid his reinvigoration, that he and long-time halves partner Quade Cooper are teaming up again is just icing on the cake.
"He’s made a real difference since he’s come into the side, playing
10 and gives the side really good direction and it’s good to be back
playing with him," he said.
"I really enjoy it and he’s probably one of my favourite players to play with."
Genia will remain with the Wallabies through the Rugby Championship
and said he didn’t anticipate any difficulties negotiating with Stade
Francais for a Spring Tour release, if it came to that.
The 28-year-old’s club situation has been markedly different to some
of the other Europe-based Wallabies, who had drawn out discussions with
their clubs about being released for Tests.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said Genia’s renewed excitement was showing in his form.
"He’s quite fit and sharp at the moment," said Cheika.
"He’s got good threats outside him too so there’s opportunities for him to have a go himself and he enjoys that."