Former Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock says he was concerned by Australia's "very one‑dimensional" attack against Samoa and feels the side wasted a chance to build momentum into a World Cup.
Australia's captain at the 2007 World Cup was in the stands at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday to watch the Wallabies' final hit‑out before the World Cup in Japan, with their campaign beginning next Saturday against Fiji.
Despite running out 34‑15 winners, scoring six tries and chalking up more than 29 points for just the third time in their previous 21 Tests, Mortlock acknowledged that while there were positives in the first half he felt Australia's attacking strategy against the 16th ranked team in the world lacked spark and variation when compared to previous matches this year.
He told the Sydney Morning Herald in the first half it was a pretty decent performance but they did not assert themselves in the second half adding what he was not impressed with was in attack they looked very one‑dimensional.
The Wallabies face the Flying Fijians at 4.45pm next Saturday in their first pool game of the Rugby World Cup.