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Genia wants to extend record

Will Genia has urged Australia to build a commanding position in their Test series against the British and Irish Lions by extending their proud record at Suncorp Stadium.

The Wallabies have lost just twice in 19 matches since 1996 at the setting of Saturday's international, on both occasions to the All Blacks.

"In terms of the series the first game is huge. If we can play well and assert ourselves on the game and win, it sets us up for the series really well," Queensland Reds scrum-half Genia said.

"We've all spoken about how the Suncorp Stadium is a special place for the Wallabies to play. We take every bit of confidence playing there. If we can win well, it gives us a good feeling going into the rest of the series."

Genia will act as the Wallabies' main play-maker on Saturday with James O'Connor featuring in only his second Test at fly-half.

The 25-year-old hopes the first Lions Test in Australia for 12 years will produce an entertaining spectacle.

"I expect the Lions to play an expansive game and weather permitting the ball will get thrown around," Genia said.

"If we get the opportunity we want to express ourselves in play as well. It's such a big game that it will be tight early on and a physical contest.

"We're looking to use the ball and we hope that when there's tired legs it will get a little bit loose.

"The Lions have said they'll have to score tries to win and that's the game we expect to see. We want to score tries, but we'll take the win anyway we can get it."


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