November 10, 2017 14:28 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Robin McBryde: Wales must lay down World Cup marker

Robin McBryde: Wales must lay down World Cup marker

WILL KELLEHER IN CARDIFF: It has been nine years since the Welsh last beat Australia and with Michael Cheika's side in their World Cup pool in 2019, it is time to lay down a marker.

Wales want to cast away their Wallabies hoodoo in Cardiff on Saturday, according to Robin McBryde.

It has been nine years since the Welsh last beat Australia — a run of 12 defeats — and with Michael Cheika's side in their World Cup pool in 2019, it is time to lay down a marker.

Warren Gatland has three players making their first Cardiff starts in Owen Williams, Josh Navidi and Steff Evans, and an inexperienced bench with just 37 caps in total.

Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde wants to lay down a marker against Australia

Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde wants to lay down a marker against Australia

McBryde believes Wales will have a psychological advantage in the World Cup if they win
The former hooker believes the more momentum they build before the World Cup, the better

McBryde believes Wales will have a psychological advantage in the World Cup if they win

Alun Wyn Jones led the captain's run before Wales face the Wallabies on Saturday afternoon

Alun Wyn Jones led the captain's run before Wales face the Wallabies on Saturday afternoon

Warren Gatland's side have not beaten Australia for nine years — a 21-18 win back in 2008

Warren Gatland's side have not beaten Australia for nine years — a 21-18 win back in 2008

But while this autumn may be about blooding new talent two years from the Japan World Cup, scrum coach McBryde still believes winning matters.

'We know we have not got a great record against Australia,' he said.

'So the more times we get to improve on that record before the World Cup, the better it will be.

'We need to be clinical and bring that edge about us. I am not happy to just rely on a good performance, we need to get that result to get that next step forward.

'Two years away (to the World Cup) is a bit far away to be looking, however it is always nice to win, we want to get that scalp we have been looking for.'

The Welsh stars were put through their paces in their final training session before the game

The Welsh stars were put through their paces in their final training session before the game

Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies throws a pass during a warm up for the back-line

Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies throws a pass during a warm up for the back-line

Fly-half Dan Biggar orchestrates the attack as he ships the ball on to flanker Aaron Shingler

Fly-half Dan Biggar orchestrates the attack as he ships the ball on to flanker Aaron Shingler

Gloucester back Owen Williams is set for his first home start in the autumn series opener

Gloucester back Owen Williams is set for his first home start in the autumn series opener

Jones will lead his side out on Saturday as he earns his 111th Test cap
Ken Owens ships the ball on in training

Forwards Jones and Ken Owens ship the ball on as they hone their passing skills in Cardiff

Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler, donning a Wales-crested hat, spins a pass out to a team-mate

Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler, donning a Wales-crested hat, spins a pass out to a team-mate

And he also backed Williams to shine in his new role as the second of two playmakers in the Welsh backline.

'It is a great opportunity,' he added.

'He was very frustrated in the summer because he didn’t get that much opportunity, so it is great to see him back in the squad. I am sure he is not going to waste it.

'Everyone is looking forward to see how that new midfield works together. He is not happy to sit in the background – he has got to be ready for his opportunity.'

But McBryde insisted the game will still be won and lost up front. 'I know there is a lot of talk about attack and defence,' he said,

'But it starts with the front-five. It's going to be a big challenge for us against an Australian pack that has really built momentum with (Mario) Ledesma's input with regards to the scrum.

'They are very efficient in that area.' 

Gareth Davies will deputise at No 9 in place of the injured Rhys Webb when the Wallabies visit

Gareth Davies will deputise at No 9 in place of the injured Rhys Webb when the Wallabies visit

Leigh Halfpenny stretches with kicking coach and all-time top points scorer Neil Jenkins (R)

Leigh Halfpenny stretches with kicking coach and all-time top points scorer Neil Jenkins (R)

Gatland will hope his dual playmaker selection of Biggar and Williams pays off on Saturday
The Wales boss looks on as his side go through their last drills at the Principality Stadium

Gatland will hope his dual playmaker selection of Biggar and Williams pays off on Saturday

Wales' pack will be crucial in the clash with Australia, believes scrum coach McBryde

Wales' pack will be crucial in the clash with Australia, believes scrum coach McBryde

 

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