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Let's get physical

The Wallabies have not won the Bledisloe Cup since 2002.
The Wallabies have not won the Bledisloe Cup since 2002. Cameron Spencer - Getty Images

TEST tighthead prop Sekope Kepu knows what the Wallabies need to do if they want to have any hope of ending New Zealand's Bledisloe Cup dominance - they must get physical.

The Wallabies have not hoisted the famous trophy aloft since they did it for a fourth consecutive year in 2002 and the battle to wrestle it from the All Blacks grip starts in Sydney tomorrow night with the Rugby Championship opener and Cup showdown.

To do it, Kepu, who has played for the NSW Waratahs and Wallabies since 2008, has played three Tests against the world champions, including the World Cup semi-final in Auckland last year, said those wearing the green and gold need to play like ... France.

Les Bleus shocked the All Blacks with their physical approach before narrowly losing the World Cup final 8-7.
Kepu said he and his teammates plan to do the same.

"The bottom line is that you take them head on," he said. "The French did that, not only the front row but their back-rowers really muscled up and played together as a group and it shows that if you revert that pressure and put it on them they're just like any other team.

"If you put them under a bit of pressure things start to happen and we have looked at that (World Cup final) and we're looking to I guess stamp our own mark and do what we can do."

Although the Wallabies will be the underdogs tomorrow, Kepu said they had learned a lot from their 20-6 defeat against the All Blacks in the World Cup semi-final.

"I guess we were trying to run around and try different things, but we've learnt from that and definitely this year it's about looking to play as a group but also to face the challenge and actually go through and create opportunities and build pressure," he said.

"And it's also about getting the little things right and getting out of our half and not giving them the opportunity to do what they do best which is counter attack."

Topics:  all blacks, rugby championship, wallabies



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