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Nathan Sharpe is expecting a tough test against Wales in Melbourne

Nathan Sharpe is expecting a tough test against Wales in Melbourne

Nathan Sharpe is expecting a tough test against Wales in Melbourne

Australia forward Nathan Sharpe believes his side's clash against Wales at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night will be very different to the series opener.

The Wallabies clinched the first of the three-match series against the Six Nations champions with a 27-19 success at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, but Wales entered the game having played just once at international level since March.

"We are not basing too much on last weekend's game," Sharpe told reporters. "We were just happy to win that game and start the series well. This weekend's Test match will be a real test for both teams."

He added: "The intensity will be up, both teams have had a bit of a feel as to how each other play and therefore are going to adapt their game."

The 34-year-old veteran says Australia will head into the match much fresher than they did last week and feels the extra time together as a group will only help the side.

"It feels like we have had a fortnight to prepare for this game after last week," Sharpe said.

"If we sit back and relax because we have got a couple of extra days to get ready, it won't work for us on Saturday night...so we are very focused.

"What it does do is allow us to build a bit more cohesion as a unit and understand the things and philosophies that we want to take forward as a team."

PA