Dunning gets McKenzie backing



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Matt Dunning is being hailed as the unsung hero of the Waratahs’ beating of the Blues by his coach Ewen McKenzie who says that he played a crucial role in the win.

The Waratahs’ scrum performed strongly throughout the match and ensured that the Waratahs were able to dominate possession.

According to McKenzie, of all the forward contests, it was Dunning’s head-to-head with All Blacks loose-head Tony Woodcock that was one of the most important

“His clash against Woodcock was without [peer],” McKenzie told Rugbyheaven.

“He is a Wallaby prop playing against the incumbent All Blacks prop, possibly one of the best looseheads in the world. I thought it was a really interesting clash.

“There were lots of contorted bodies and things like that, but I thought he actually toughed it out really well.

“It is all about the quality of the ball that you get out the back of the scrum. The quality of the ball we got out of the scrum in that first half allowed us to play the way we wanted to play.

“And you have to give the tight-head prop a lot of raps for that. The pressure he was under ‘ he muscled his way out. Some of it wasn’t orthodox but he showed great character.”

McKenzie knows what he is talking about because he is a former Wallabies prop himself and he believes Dunning can cement his place in the Wallabies as a prop who plays both sides of the scrum.

“I think his future is at tight-head,” McKenzie said of Dunning, who has earned 32 Test caps and was the starting No.1 (loosehead) in last year’s World Cup.



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