Younger Wallabies playmaker Noah Lolesio has been urged to shed his ‘nice guy’ picture and ramp up his assertiveness as he works to nail down the essential No.10 function.
Backs coach Scott Wisemantel says the 22-year-old was “solid” in Australia’s 25-17 win over South Africa final weekend, however he desires to see him take command when the groups meet once more Sydney on Saturday evening.
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Lolesio was dropped once more for the Wallabies’ two Exams in Argentina, changed by Quade Cooper and James O’Connor, and Wisemantel stated even that have ought to spark a response inside Lolesio.
“One thing we really want from Noah is to be a bit more aggressive because he’s such a nice bloke,” he instructed reporters.
“As a coach … I want him to be filthy if he’s not selected. I want him to come to me and go, ‘why, how are we going to do this and what are you going to do for me?’ because that’s my job.
“It’s not being rude, but in that role as a player who touches the ball more than most players in the team, he has to have that authority and that command and to do that you actually have to practice it daily.
“’I need you here. I want you here. If you don’t show up, there’s going to be consequences’ … it’s aggressive language, and off the field Noah’s nothing like that.”
The 12-cap Wallaby looms because the five-eighth of the longer term having accrued such expertise at his younger age, and definitely regarded the half with a hand in every of his crew’s three tries final day trip towards the Springboks.
Wisemantel noticed moments inside the efficiency that inspired him Lolesio might foot the invoice as a crew chief.
“He was solid, he did his job (but) there’s areas that we can still touch on there,” he stated.
“The most impressive thing for me was when we scored that first try with (Fraser) McReight, if you go back two phases beforehand, and you look where Noah is, he’s connected to the forwards.
“But the authority he had with telling him what he wanted, how we wanted it and was organising, that to me was the most impressive part of his game.
“Whether you’re right or wrong, if you’re demanding things, commanding things, then blokes are going to show up for you.”