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Sekope Kepu appears certain to play in Australia's final Test against Wales on Saturday

Sekope Kepu appears certain to play in Australia's final Test against Wales on Saturday

Sekope Kepu appears certain to play in Australia's final Test against Wales on Saturday

Australia prop Sekope Kepu has allayed fears that he will miss Saturday's third and final Test against Wales at Allianz Stadium after completing the captain's run on Friday.

The in-form front-rower has been battling a virus this week and had to be isolated from the main group on Thursday, but the Kiwi-born tighthead was in good spirits on Friday morning and appears certain to play.

"Keps was ill yesterday but hopefully he will have recovered (by kick-off)," coach Robbie Deans said. "There's a few sniffles around, I think the cumulative effect (of a heavy schedule) is kicking in to some extent but having said that I'm sure the boys will be up for Saturday."

While the Wallabies hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, Deans says it's imperative his charges finish the job this weekend.

"We're very keen to finish this series on a good note," Deans said. "Firstly it's relevant for IRB standings, fixtures right through the end of this year contribute to the rankings for the next World Cup which is going on in the background.

"But even more importantly it's our last outing before we gather to play two fixtures against the All Blacks going into the Rugby Championship and that's obviously our next focus."

Deans revealed the Wallabies will look to ask more questions of the impressive Wales defence after they were outscored two-tries-to-one in Melbourne, but he admits penetrating the Welsh brick wall is easier said than done.

"We obviously want to score more tries but we won't be able to be frivolous about it either because defence is probably the key element that the Welsh take their greatest pride in," he said.

"If you look at their Six Nations success it was based on defence, there were only three tries scored against the Welsh in the tournament and we scored three tries in our first outing against them.

"They're smarting and they'll want to leave these shores with their heads held high. And they've got nothing to lose so they'll make our life as difficult as possible, not only in limiting what we want to do but they'll also try to stretch us as well."

PA