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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Tom Robertson no longer a ‘fraud’ but wants to make up for Springboks showing

London: Tom Robertson doesn’t feel like a fraud any more when he tells people he’s a Wallaby, but says he is determined to right the wrongs of the Wallabies’ clash with South Africa against the “dominant force” that is the Argentina scrum.
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Robertson has now come off the bench in two games for Australia – against the Pumas in Perth and then during the Springboks fixture in Pretoria.

Even by his own admission, Robertson says the Wallabies scrum wasn’t at its best last week as they were penalised for a number of infringements at crucial times late in the match.

“The scrum didn’t go that well on the weekend when I was on,” Robertson said. “We need to fix a couple of things in the front row there and we’ll go better. I was pretty happy about how it went against Argentina, but South Africa was a bit disappointing, so hopefully we can turn it around this weekend.

“They [Argentina] have always been renowned for their scrum. They’re still a dominant force in that area so we’ll definitely have to look after that. I guess after we won in the last match they’ll definitely want a bit of vengeance and come out better prepared. We know what we’ve got to bring.”

Robertson and Brumbies prop Allan Alaalatoa will fight for a bench spot now the latter has recovered from a knee injury. However, Robertson’s thirst hasn’t been quenched at Test level just yet, even if he doesn’t see himself as a fraud now.

“You just don’t feel like a fraud any more when you call yourself a Wallaby,” Robertson said. “You always say: ‘I’m in the squad, but I haven’t played yet’. That’s a pretty crap feeling. Once you get your cap and you make your debut, you don’t sort of feel like a fraud saying you’re actually a Wallaby. It’s a good feeling but you always want to add more.

“[Consistency] would be nice … but I guess at the end of the day it’s whoever is the best fit for the job, that overrides whatever consistency I’d like to get.”

During his first two Wallabies games Robertson experienced two different extremes.

Perth was the fastest game he’d been involved in, which left his lungs feeling “pretty sore” afterwards, while in Pretoria the altitude was a factor he had never come across.

“It [the game in Perth] was so fast and a lot more physical,” Robertson said. “In the scrum the Argentinians are always good there and love that area of the game. It was great to get an experience for that. Hopefully I get another one on the weekend.”

The 22-year-old has also never been to Europe before and has heard plenty of stories from older heads as to what it’s like playing at Twickenham, the venue for Saturday’s Rugby Championship match.

“To come to one of Europe’s – or the world’s – best grounds, it’s going to be a great feeling if I get out there,” Robertson said. “You hear all the stories from Drew Mitchell and Adam Ashley-Cooper about how good a stadium it is to play at. I’d love to play in front of a packed Twickenham against Argentina, for sure.”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.