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No extra pressure for Wallabies try blitz

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

FLORENCE, Italy - Wallabies coach Robbie Deans says there's no extra pressure on his side to break the shackles and go on a try-scoring rampage against Italy this weekend.

The Wallabies only try of their European tour came in last week's 20-14 win over England after failing to cross the stripe in the 33-6 loss to France in Paris.

Australia have managed just 13 tries from as many Tests this season but Deans says there's no extra heat on his team to stack up the five-pointers against the world No.11 ranked side in Florence on Saturday (Sunday Fiji time).

"There's always pressure on the backline in Test rugby," Deans said.

"To play an effective game is what we're after.

"We've played expansive games and been ineffective. People confuse expansive with effective. Just because you put the ball on the edge of the field doesn't mean there's any advantage in it."

Deans has reshuffled his backline with veteran halfback Brett Sheehan making his first Test start six years after making his debut.

He replaces Nick Phipps, who set up Australia's only try of the tour to Nick Cummins after making a break before linking with his winger who finished off a 55-metre effort.

Drew Mitchell makes his first start in a while on the wing, coming in for Digby Ioane, who moves to the bench after returning from injury against England.

Deans has no concerns that replacing a fit and in-form Phipps might be counter-productive to the Wallabies' backline which showed glimpses of what they're capable of against England.

"No. I don't think so at all. Sheeno's experienced ... so the answer is no," Deans said.

"He brings composure and we've seen him bring that at the end of games and he's been playing great rugby at Super Rugby level this year."

The All Blacks scored five tries in their 42-10 win over Italy in Rome last Saturday with three of those coming in the final 13 minutes.

New Zealand have scored 44 tries in 12 Tests this season.


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