Rugby

Scotland eye victory over Wallabies

2017-06-14 18:08
Ryan Wilson (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Scotland loose forward Ryan Wilson wants Scotland to continue their good momentum by beating Australia in Sydney for the first time.

Scotland have beaten the Wallabies twice on Australian soil but never in Sydney where the two sides will face off on Saturday.

The Scots had an impressive Six Nations campaign where they beat Wales and since then have kept up the momentum with a convincing win against Italy last weekend in Gregor Townsend's first game in charge.

And Wilson has spoken of the belief present within the current group of players.

“Beating Australia over here, it is a big ask, but something this group aims to do," Wilson told BT Sport.

“We want to push on and start winning these games.

“We are getting closer and closer and once you break through and start winning those games you get on a bit of a roll.

“We speak about momentum and we take a lot from that, and the momentum we gained when Vern (Cotter) was in charge in the Six Nations. That momentum has got to carry on.”

Meanwhile, he has hailed the coaching abilities of Townsend and his forwards coach, Dan McFarland.

“Everything they did at Glasgow was at the highest level,” he said.

“Those two (head coach Gregor Townsend and forwards coach Dan McFarland) don’t miss a thing – they never did at Glasgow.

“I don’t think anything changes in the way they go about it. They were so detailed with the way they were, they are the same here. It is nice for the players to have that familiarity coming in.

“We (the Glasgow players in the squad) know a a lot of the stuff around the forwards and can take that in – the guys that don’t know it, have us, the players from Glasgow, who can lead that.”

Wilson has also taken time to speak about where he believes the Wallabies are a threat and believes his side need to be brave on attack.

“People talk a lot about their poachers and the breakdown, but they are a Super Rugby sort of team who play a lot of attacking rugby,” he said.

“Defence is going to be massive for us on the back of that. The attacking rugby we can play is up there with the best, we have seen that. We are looking to go out there and put in a good show.

“We have been watching a lot of the stuff they do this week and we know we can go out and combat that. They are a good team but so are we. We have similar players to go out there and do a good job.”

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