Wallabies defence coach stands by system

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But he remained firm in his belief that he was the man to do the job for the side.

"You have to take the good with the bad and deal with what's going on. You have to look for those rays of sunshine when we get things right, which we do," he said.

The hammering by the All Blacks, and the earlier loss to Scotland in the June Tests, delivered their consequences when World Rugby's latest rankings were released on Monday. They showed the All Blacks, at No.1, had extended their lead over England while Australia had slipped from fourth to fifth, exchanging places with South Africa. Ireland were third and Scotland sixth.

In spite of the hiding in Sydney, Grey remained positive.

"You look at things and as you progress as coach and you look at the situation and how things are going and you are very confident in what you're doing and the support that you have and the players you are working with.

"At the moment, from a defensive perspective, things certainly need to improve and we are looking to do that this week," he said.

The Wallabies are preparing for the return Test in Christchurch before flying to Dunedin on Thursday.

"In terms of fixing issues, we are searching for consistency and sticking to what we can try and do, and if we do that we can apply pressure," he said.

The Wallabies had shown they could do that in fits and starts but not to the level of consistency they required.

Grey was the mastermind behind the defensive system Australia used when finishing second at the 2015 Rugby World Cup but that was no longer applicable.

"In terms of what's different between now and then, it's chalk and cheese. Players are different, the way we are doing things are slightly different.

"You can't look back and say, 'that was really great, why isn't it happening now?'

"You have to look forward and see what is happening at the moment.

"It hasn't been great but we are working towards trying to improve that and get better," he said.

While there had been buy-in to the system the key was having players sticking to it when pressure was applied.

"Executing that under the heat of the battle is something we have to be better at and as a coach we are working at that constantly, trying to iron out deficiencies on what we're doing," he said.

"We are not going to be changing things drastically overnight. It will be a matter of assessing what we are doing and how things are going and then, if there are little changes to be made, we are constantly trying to improve things."

And, he said, that would be no different after such a heavy loss.