On the run: James Slipper is ready for the Kiwis. Photo: Getty Images
James Slipper says the Wallabies' scrum is up to the task against the All Blacks in Dunedin on Saturday.
Slipper said there was no denying the All Blacks had one of the best packs in the world, even in the absence of injured tight-head prop Owen Franks.
But the 24-year-old said the Wallabies' 54-17 win against Argentina two weeks ago, and an epic eight-minute set-piece battle between the two packs, had given the Australian pack confidence heading to New Zealand. ''It was the first time the backs were running 100 per cent into contact and they were getting over the advantage line, it was making it very easy for us to play our game,'' Slipper said.
''That comes off good set-piece ball, so the key there is to complete your lineouts with great delivery and great scrums as well. I'm not saying we're going to dominate the All Blacks in the scrum but our main goal is to get the best ball possible for the backs.''
Slipper, who was a shock selection at loose-head over Benn Robinson under new coach Ewen McKenzie, received a yellow card in Rosario as a result of a number of Australian infringements at scrum time in that early battle.
But the 43-Test prop said the pack did well to survive the onslaught. ''When they got that penalty on our goal line, we knew we were going to be scrumming until there was a result either way,'' he said. ''I spent 10 minutes in the bin because of it but … we got out of there with no points conceded. You could see on the Argentinians' faces that they weren't happy with not scoring a try.''