Rugby World Cup 2011: Ireland due ‘big performance’
Rob Kearney believes Ireland can cause an upset against Australia in their Pool C clash on Saturday
Full-back Rob Kearney expects Ireland to produce a “big performance” against Australia in their Pool C encounter on Saturday.
The Leinster star insists the Irish team are in confident mood and believes they can cause an upset against the Wallabies.
“It [a big performance] is close, things are happening for us in training and that’s important,” Kearney said.
“If we were training brutally and playing brutally well, then, you would have to reassess. But when you are training well and it’s not being replicated in matches, you know you are close.
“We all have confidence in our own ability and in what we can do and achieve and, hopefully, it happens this weekend.”
Kearney did not feature in his side’s victory over the United States last weekend because of a groin strain – but the 25-year-old is excited about making his World Cup debut in Auckland after being passed fit.
“I like playing against Australia, it suits the sort of game that I play and it’s always the sort of quick tempo game that I enjoy,” he said.
“I am excited about it. It’s brilliant to be back, I’m not going to change a huge amount, if it’s on I’ll have a go and try and show what the back-three are capable of.
“But I think there is going to be a lot of aerial play this weekend, I wouldn’t be surprised if both teams do a fair bit of kicking.”
Ireland: Kearney; Bowe, O’Driscoll (captain), D’Arcy, Earls; Sexton, Reddan; Healy, Best, Ross, O’Callaghan, O’Connell, Ferris, O’Brien, Heaslip.
Replacements: Cronin, Court, Ryan, Leamy, Murray, O’Gara, Trimble.
Australia: Beale; O’Connor, Fainga’a, McCabe, Ashley-Cooper; Cooper, Genia; Kepu, Moore, Alexander, Vickerman, Horwill (captain), Elsom, Pocock, Samo.
Replacements: Polota Nau, Slipper, Simmons, McCalman, Higginbotham, Burgess, Mitchell.