Wales ace Toby Faletau revved up for brutal autumn finale

8:02am Thursday 28th November 2013

NUMBER eight Toby Faletau is happy to get around in his no-frills Ford Fiesta but the Wales ace will have no problem getting revved up for another crack at a southern hemisphere juggernaut.

The Newport Gwent Dragons back row forward is a Rolls Royce of a player but prefers to drive a more humble vehicle.

His regional coach Kingsley Jones recently revealed that the 23-year-old handed over the keys to a sponsored club car to his dad, the former Tonga lock Kuli.

That comes as no surprise given that Faletau is a modest, unassuming man who goes about his business quietly and with a minimum of fuss.

But there will be nothing subdued about Saturday's Test against Australia at the Millennium Stadium.

The Wallabies may have a reputation as a footballing side but Faletau expects the tourists to pack a punch, just like the Springboks did in the ferocious autumn opener.

"The South Africa game was pretty brutal and it took a fair few days to recover but I don't think we'll have a problem in reaching that level again," said the number eight.

"And we'll need to because Australia are physical as well. Every encounter in Test rugby is brutal and the Aussies have some big runners, just like South Africa.

"It's been a tough series but we are looking forward to Saturday and hopefully we can finish off with a win."

"The Australia back row is good and is well balance," he continued. "(Openside) Michael Hooper has been a pain in every team's side this autumn and will be a key player for them while (number eight and captain) Ben Mowen is a very good, athletic player and is also a leader.

"As a back row we will also have to keep an eye on Will Genia and Quade Cooper, Genia's been controlling their game and Cooper has been excellent since coming back."

Faletau enjoyed his first win against a southern hemisphere big gun when he played in the Lions' third Test triumph against the Wallabies last summer.

He has suffered four defeats to the Aussies, two against the Springboks and one versus the All Blacks.

"You do take something from the summer but it was the Lions, not Wales," he said. "It would mean a lot to finally beat them in a Welsh jersey.

"The boys have been trying for so long (Australia have won eight Tests since a 2008 defeat) and have come just short a number of times.

"To finally get a win against a southern hemisphere team would be important for confidence for future games against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa."


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