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Tough test awaits Wallabies in France

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The Wallabies aren’t getting carried away with their narrow win over Scotland, knowing there’s a much “bigger mountain to climb” when they meet France in Paris on Sunday morning.

Having failed to record a victory during last year’s Spring Tour of Europe, the Wallabies are already better off this time around following their 16-15 weekend victory at Murrayfield.

However, the result would have been different had Scotland’s Blair Kinghorn been successful in kicking a late penalty goal.

“It was good to get a bit of luck bounce our way with that kick,” versatile Wallabies forward Jed Holloway said.

However, the Australians will need more than luck if they are to beat Les Bleus, who are second in world rankings, at Stade de France.

“We were super stoked with the win (over Scotland) but we’ve got a bigger mountain to climb this weekend with France … and we’ve got to get back into it,” Holloway said.

“We need to be more clinical and focus on our game. If we can produce our best performance, we can take it to them. We’ve showed that multiple times.

“If we play the Wallaby way, we can get really close to these guys, if not beat them.”

Holloway said the “Wallaby way” included building pressure through set pieces and “maul attacks”.

“We’re building towards it. The key for is consistency, and that’s been no secret over the last 10 weeks,” he said.

“After a win, we need to back it up. That’s the main thing we’re chasing – focus on the process, not so much the outcome.”

The Wallabies’ hopes of upsetting France will be boosted by the addition of towering lock Will Skelton to the squad.

The physical presence of Skelton, who plays his club rugby for French side La Rochelle, could prove crucial this weekend, although he’s no certainty to start ahead of locks Cadeyrn Neville and Nick Frost, who both performed admirably against Scotland.

“He’s just going to be awesome to have around the team … he’s become a leader,” Holloway said of Skelton.

“I thought the locks played really well on the weekend … but Will’s been playing 80 minutes and knows the French and the guys who we’re playing against.

“I’m not a coach, I’m not a selector, (but) I just know that if he does play, he’s going to be a bloody valuable asset.”

Story Credit: news.com.au

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