If it’s goodbye, Genia wants to go out with a bang
Melbourne Rebels know they must beat the Chiefs on Friday night to make the Super Rugby finals but whether it is the final game for star half-back Will Genia remains to be seen.
The Wallabies star is tight-lipped over his future as both the Rebels and overseas clubs fight for his services.
Will Genia’s future after this season remains unclear.Credit:AAP
Genia remains among the best playmakers in world rugby and will have a crucial role in Melbourne's must-win clash with the Chiefs, a side who also need a result to have any chance of scraping into the top eight.
Genia said he doesn't expect to make an announcement about his future before the game.
"I'm not too sure, we will wait and see," Genia said on Tuesday.
"It's all up in the air a little bit but I will enjoy the game from the perspective that it could be but I'll leave those things unfold as the year goes on."
Genia also hopes five-eighth Quade Cooper re-signs with Melbourne after starring this season.
The Rebels have plenty to work on this week after falling to a club-record 66-0 loss to title favourites the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday night.
Genia was forced to sit out the game under the Rugby Australia resting policy but he said the rest allowed him to do rehab work on a minor knee injury he picked up during the previous round's loss to the Waratahs.
Genia wasn't pushing his knee too much on Tuesday but said he would play this week, Lock Adam Coleman remains an uncertain starter with a shoulder injury.
While many rugby followers might rule out the Rebels from claiming a place in the finals, Genia said he saw a positive, focused group at training this week and believes the team still has enough belief to win.
"If we win this week we are playing finals," Genia said.
"It's about picking yourself up and not feeling sorry, then getting stuck in.
"I think we have bounced back really well."
When it comes to beating the Chiefs, Genia said the side had to put points on the board and slow down the rampant attack of the visitors.
As one of the few players in the side to have played finals before, Genia said he wanted a club-wide focus on the fine details.
"The ability to stay engaged is the biggest thing," Genia said.
"At times this year we have disengaged at times in terms of our role clarity and knowledge around the game, especially in that Waratahs game last time we were home.
"They scored two set-piece tries based on the fact we weren't clear on the details of our defensive roles.
"Now you get to the point where you know that if you win, you go through then you have to be engaged in every part of the game and know exactly what is required of you when you are out on the field.
"That's something I'm going to be driving throughout the week."
The Rebels play the Chiefs at AAMI Park on Friday at 7.45pm.
Source: Read Full Article