Qld Reds show Wallabies right way with help of Morahan
WALLABY and Queensland Red Luke Morahan says his ad-lib play in scoring one of the tries of the year against the British and Irish Lions may be the brand of football Australia needs to beat the tourists.
Morahan scored a stunning try for the Reds last Saturday night when he took the ball from his own 25m, pushed off three would-be tacklers, chipped over the top and then regathered to score next to the posts.
He said the Reds had known they had to unsettle the Lions if they were to have any chance of beating them.
"I had to catch that high ball first and get back to centre field, which was our game plan, and it opened them up," he said.
"We tried to run them around and tire them out and I think we did that. I think we showed that if you run them around, there are a few opportunities there."
The Reds lost 22-12 despite outscoring the Lions two tries to one, with a perfect kicking record from Lions flyhalf Owen Farrell (five penalties and one conversion for 17 points) sealing the match for the visitors.
Acknowledging a strict game plan would likely be used by the Wallabies against the Lions, Morahan said the strong display by the Reds might have exposed some weaknesses in the tourists' game.
"Test-match footy is a lot different and you can't afford to do that sometimes and make those errors," he said.
"We'll take a fair few things out of it though."
With Wallaby winger Joe Tomane sidelined with due to a fractured toe and fellow winger Digby Ioane rated a 50-50 chance of recovering from cartilage clean-up surgery, Morahan might be poised to make his first start for the Wallabies next Saturday.
After making two Wallaby tours as well as coming off the bench for his solo national cap last year, Morahan said he was doing all he could to show coach Robbie Deans he was ready to make his run-on debut.
"Robbie always says when you're in camp, you're in with a chance," he said.
"You've just got to put your best foot forward and every-one's up for selection so everyone's got the same possibility."
The Wallabies take on the British and Irish Lions on Saturday, June 22, at Suncorp Stadium.