Australian Rugby: McKenzie considers Wallabies tactics

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Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie has admitted his squad might not have the skill set to cope with the style of rugby he is looking to play with the national side.

Having suffered a 2-1 series defeat to the British & Irish Lions on home soil this year under coach Robbie Deans, McKenzie has so far been unable to turn the Wallabies’ fortunes around.

Australia have now lost all three of their Rugby Championship games so far, with back-to-back defeats to rivals New Zealand being followed by a 38-12 loss to South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday.

A host of unforced handling errors allowed the Springboks to run away with the game in Queensland and maintain their 100 per cent winning record in the tournament so far.

McKenzie has admitted it is back to the drawing board for his side as they hope to bounce back when they host an Argentina outfit who put in a resilient performance in their recent 28-13 defeat to New Zealand in Hamilton.

He said: “The bottom line is we made too many errors to win.

“In the end we have to say why are we making the errors? Either we’re playing a game that is too complicated or the skill level doesn’t match it. So we’ll go back and have a look.

“We’ll dumb it down a bit and make it a bit simpler. That would be disappointing. But we’ll look at the whole gamut.”

Australia have now conceded 153 points in their last four Test matches and will be determined to improve their defensive display when they take on the Pumas on Saturday.

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