Wallabies wary of Welsh backline

Wallaby Flanker David Pocock has said his team will have to put in a big defensive effort against Wales...

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Wallaby Flanker David Pocock has said his team will have to put in a big defensive effort against Wales when they meet in the bronze final on Friday.

Pocock said the Welsh outfit's ability to play as a team is dangerous.

"I've watched a fair bit of their footage and I think they're a back row with a very high work rate and they get around the field well and they're a team in general that attacks hard in attack

and defence," he said.

Pocock added that the Welsh centres will be key.

"With them they've got some real threats in their backline - their centres are arguably the hardest running centres in the tournament… and off the back of that they've got guys with a

lot of pace, so defensively it's gonna have to be a big effort from us."

Meanwhile, Wallaby Captain James Horwill said there was more on the line than a third place finish.

Nathan Sharpe will get his 100th Test cap when he takes to the field.

Horwill said this will serve as added motivation to win the match.

"For a guy like Sharpie who has been part of this team and is… one of the most liked people that I've ever played with - and he's a guy that I've certainly looked up to in my career - he deserves a win in his 100th test match," Horwill said.