Captain Cameron Smith doesn’t fear a tournament ambush despite the Kangaroos’ relatively easy successes so far.
Having kept Fiji and Ireland tryless in back-to-back games, the Australians are preparing to play the US in what is expected to be another rout for the Kangaroos. But Smith said complacency wasn’t a concern.
“I think the staff have done a really good job with mixing up our weekly schedule with different types of training and last week they let us get to Dublin and have a couple of days there to look around and time to ourself, which was good,” Smith said. “A few of the guys’ partners are over at the moment, that’s a bit of a distraction as well.
“Every time we’ve hit the training paddock or we’ve been in a meeting watching vision on the opposition or in the gym the focus has been great, the intensity’s been great. We just need to keep that up.
“We know we’ve made the quarter-finals now, we’re coming into a quarter-final game against USA, who we haven’t seen too many of those blokes play. We’ll just approach it like we approach the first three games, with a simple game plan – a game plan we believe will help us come semi-final time.”
Australia fought from behind to win their opening pool game against England. That loss meant the English side will probably face New Zealand in the semi-finals, with the winner to face the Kangaroos.
Smith compared this Saturday’s (Sunday, midnight AEDT) game against the US as a similar proposition to their 50-0 romp against Ireland. “Without talking the USA down too much, I think it’ll be a lot similar to [the game against Ireland] but we have seen them play their first couple of games and they were pretty good,” Smith said.
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