Rugby: Australia brush aside Japan 63-30 in Yokohama


Cheika said the 80 minutes may have gotten to Hodge towards the end, with the fledgling 10 opting for longer-range in-field kicks as the minutes ticked on, but was generally satisfied with his maiden run at five-eighth.

Australia are expecting the halfback combination of Bernard Foley and Will Genia to be available for next week's match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium after they missed the nine-try rout of Japan on Saturday.

'The Japanese players played with a lot of heart and turned us over a lot of times at the breakdown, ' Hooper said.

"It has a great culture, I love the food, I love the people and playing in front of this crowd, and seeing how enthusiastic about rugby they are, which will continue to build into the World Cup", McMahon said.

Rugby league convert Karmichael Hunt, who provides Cheika with an option at full-back in place of the rested Israel Folau, is also expected to be available to face Wales in Cardiff after missing the Japan triumph with a neck injury.

"They're obviously getting ready; I know they're having the opposed training session with England so they're getting themselves ready for our arrival", Cheika said.

"That's up to me, the 12 and the 9 as well going forward if we're in that position again".

The 23-year-old worked in tandem with Kurtley Beale in the playmaking spots, but took the reins on his own when Beale went off in the second half, replaced by Curtis Rona at fullback.

We're off to Wales tomorrow, so moving on'.

"We handled it okay, probably could've done it a little bit better, (by) going through them a little bit more before we tried to spread it wide and (we) got a bit too carried away with the offloads in parts but I think for the most it wasn't too bad".

Tevita Kuridrani ran in a hat-trick and his centre partner Samu Kerevi grabbed two tries for Australia, who were playing their first test against the hosts on Japanese soil.

In that context, he was particularly pleased that in the latter stages of the match, even with a big lead on the board and a few unfamiliar combinations on the pitch, the Wallabies had stuck to the gameplan.