James Mortimer 17.Aug.2012Getty Images
Some might say that the Wallabies scrum is still a weak point, an area targeted with success by the Irish, All Blacks and Scottish in the last 12 months, while scrum coach and World Cup winning prop Andrew Blades feels the side has smartened up.
Technique and prowess were something that the front row of Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Benn Robinson have been asked to apply, rather than create any idea that the Wallabies may be forcing penalities.
“It is tough in terms of the referee's perception and something we have to change,” Blades said.
“If you look back over the last few years, the 50-50 decisions at scrum time will often go against Australia whether they're right or wrong.”
Blades, once famous for saying that All Blacks loosehead Tony Woodcock was something of a scrummaging 'myth', but not for complimentary reasons, has otherwise been cautious regarding his team's clash with the number one ranked side and nine-year Bledisloe Cup holders.
Others, including coach Robbie Deans, have been more confident that the Wallabies scrum can compete, with the area a heavy focus for the team throughout their recent two weeks together as a full squad.
With the Wallabies also having the services of former Munster boss and forwards and defensive mentor Tony McGahan, one thing the hosts have said is that they will be ready up front.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said that his team opted not to talk about their scrum and game up, saying that the players preferred to talk on the field.
“It's (we're strong in an area) not something we usually say," Hansen said.
"It's probably the difference between the Australia (the Wallabies) and us."
"We don't talk ourselves up much. Actions speak louder than words."