HK Bledisloe Cup clash no dead rubber: Genia

Wallaby halfback Will Genia has denied that Australia’s Bledisloe Cup Test in Hong Kong on October the 30th is being treated as a practice match ahead of their European tour.

The Wallabies cannot win the Bledisloe Cup and the TriNations has already been won by the All Blacks which makes this match more of an exhibition match than a test match.

Even though there is little to play for the classy No.9 says the Australians won’t be using it merely as a preparation game for next month’s Tour of Europe and next year’s World Cup.

“No way, it’s another Test match,” Genia told AAP.

“You never take them lightly, it’s not a stepping stone to another Test match or another tour, it’s what we’re preparing for.

“You hear Robbie and the coaches constantly saying this is New Zealand, there’s been no mention of England or Wales or any other team.

“New Zealand is the first game and that’s what we’re focusing on.”

A month ago the Wallabies lost 23-22 to the All Blacks in Sydney after they had led for most of the match and that loss was their tenth consecutive loss to the All Blacks.

Genia says that coming back into the Wallaby camp after a three week break for the fourth and last Bledisloe Cup clash feels like a fresh start.

“Definitely, it feels like a new group that’s gathered together,” he said.

“We’re trying to build on I guess what we’ve achieved in the Tri Nations and I’m really excited going forward.

“As a group we’ve got an idea of what we’re going to fix up on and … we’re definitely attending to those things in our training sessions.

“You take three weeks off, you reflect back on the tournament itself and you look at things you can improve on.”

“It’s easier when you’ve taken a step back as opposed to being in the heat of the moment trying to make improvements and corrections.

“(In the last Test in Sydney) I think the first time for a long time we felt like we were on top of them in the game and it was just unfortunate the way they hung in there … and through game smarts were able to come away with the win.

“We want to become a team that wins, but is just consistent.”

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