Taniela Tupou supported for rematch with Ellis Genge in Australia-England decider | Rugby Union News

Everything is at stake: the decisive four of the series. You only live once; all matches live on Sky Sports Action; All Blacks vs. Ireland (7:30 a.m.), Australia vs. England (10:15 a.m.), Springboks vs. Wales (3:30 p.m.), Argentina vs. Scotland (7:30 p.m.); all deciders live exclusively on Sky

Last update: 07/14/22 7:21 am


Taniela Tupou has been backed to come back stronger in the Deciding Test between England and Australia.

For all the talk and fanning of the fires in the build-up, there was only one winner in the battle between Ellis Genge and her counterpart Taniela Tupou in the second test between England and Australia last Saturday.

Although he managed what turned out to be little more than a consolation attempt for the Wallabies, Tupou’s return to front-row action after more than two months out with a calf injury fizzled out as he was penalized four times and four times. times.

England’s 25-17 victory in Brisbane means the teams now head to Sydney with the series level and 1-1 and the Ella-Mobbs Trophy still up for grabs, and the ‘Tongan Thor’ have been endorsed by the coach of Australia striker Dan McKellar to be in a better place to meet Genge’s challenge.

international rugby union live

July 16, 2022, 10:15

To live

“Taniela, first game back after a long spell away, did some really good things,” McKellar said of the tightwad before the third Test, which is broadcast exclusively live. sky sports.

“I think his ball handling was excellent and he will have learned a thing or two in the scrum and around English tactics and will be better for the run.

“With 50 minutes of football on board now… there’s no doubt he’ll be in a better place on Saturday night.”

Taniela Tupou scored a try late in the first half to keep Australia in the game

Use the Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Taniela Tupou scored a try late in the first half to keep Australia in the game

Taniela Tupou scored a try late in the first half to keep Australia in the game

As well as getting the better of Tupou in his personal battle, Genge made a lasting impression on Australia captain Michael Hooper after crushing him on a carry 30 seconds into the contest at Suncorp Stadium.

There are few 6-foot-1-19 struts anywhere in the world blessed with the burst of pace that Genge has and that’s an asset England’s strength and conditioning coach Jon Clarke has taken note of. with the 27-year-old.

“Ellis Genge’s acceleration and speed for a front rower is absurd,” Clarke told the Press Association. He weighs 118 kg and with his acceleration he can beat a lot of people.

We spoke to England's head of strength and conditioning Jon Clarke to find out how they fuel the team during their tour of Australia.

Use the Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

We spoke to England’s head of strength and conditioning Jon Clarke to find out how they fuel the team during their tour of Australia.

We spoke to England’s head of strength and conditioning Jon Clarke to find out how they fuel the team during their tour of Australia.

“If you had him running for 10 minutes, he probably wouldn’t get anywhere, but when he accelerates hard, there aren’t many who can live with that.”

“Michael Hooper felt it! Once Ellis caught the ball, the force he produced over two meters was unbelievable.”

Clarke, who joined head coach Eddie Jones’s staff ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and served on Warren Gatland’s backstage squad for the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour, is looking for the physical attributes that define people and make the best of them. he approaches his work.

Ellis Genge’s acceleration and speed for a front rower is absurd. He weighs 118 kg and with his acceleration he can beat a lot of people.

England strength and conditioning coach Jon Clarke

Indeed, the former Warrington Wolves and Great Britain international rugby league hooker places more emphasis on making the most of players’ strengths than trying to improve on their weaknesses.

“There are other players that we need to last a little bit longer and you want them to have more endurance, but for Ellis that’s his strength, his repeated acceleration ability,” Clarke said.

“People always ask ‘what’s the weakness of this player or that player?’ Well, we work on that, but we also try to turn his strengths into super strengths and Ellis is one of those players.”

Highlights from the second Test between Australia and England, in Brisbane

Use the Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Highlights from the second Test between Australia and England, in Brisbane

Highlights from the second Test between Australia and England, in Brisbane

Another player Clarke is excited about is in the back division in the form of 19-year-old winger Henry Arundell, whose spectacular debut attempt after coming off the replacement bench in England’s first Test loss was one of the Few positives from that match.

As with Genge, the London Irishman’s burst of acceleration thrills Clarke and the 43-year-old draws a comparison to the mental and physical attributes displayed by cross-code sensation Jason Robinson during his playing days.

“He has that combination of pace, power and a good instinctive rugby brain,” Clarke said of Arundell. “He is very, very strong with a low center of gravity.

England debutant Henry Arundell scored a try out of nowhere with his first touch against Australia, leaving a huge impression on the home crowd.

Use the Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

England debutant Henry Arundell scored a try out of nowhere with his first touch against Australia, leaving a huge impression on the home crowd.

England debutant Henry Arundell scored a try out of nowhere with his first touch against Australia, leaving a huge impression on the home crowd.

“But what impresses me most is his go from jogging to very fast in a very short time. If you watch his attempt, at best, he’s jogging when he gets the ball and then wham: he goes from producing not much force to a lots of force very quickly.

“Top speed isn’t that relevant in rugby apart from kick chases – it’s that very, very quick acceleration into the evasion that separates you from other players. Henry has it.”

Watch Australia and England meet in the series decider at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Action and Main Event from 10.15am (kickoff 10.55am).

Leave a Comment