Wallabies search for 80-minute performance

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It was an area they started poorly in during the first Test, with the All Blacks upsetting the first three Australian throws to the lineout to deny them launching pads in good areas of the field.

 

Lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto said, "As locks and a forward pack, we pride ourselves on our lineouts and scrums, so for us, we're trying to deliver clinical set pieces.

 

"We took that on the chin, we reviewed it, so [we] will make some fixes and make sure we're better for it this week.

 

"You've got to take these opportunities against good opposition like this. It's up to us to fix that.

 

"We were in good parts of the field, and they're the opportunities you need to take. We put ourselves in those positions and let our backs down, but we're good enough to bounce back and know the work we have to do on and off the field to rectify that and put in a good lineout performance," he said.

 

Wary of the All Blacks' ability to score either side of halftime, the Wallabies would be looking for a more complete performance in the second Test.

 

"We don't go out and clock off 10 minutes either side of halftime. That's just how the game goes and went on the weekend for us. We've got to tighten some screws there.

 

 

"We know how dangerous they are either side of halftime. That's a period they thrive in. For us, it's not just those 10 minutes, it's a full 80-minute performance, and that's what that means for us.

 

"We can't afford to switch off there. We've got to be clinical and be on our toes because it takes 80 minutes plus more to beat sides like this," he said.

 

And from the backline's view, two-try scorer from the first Test fullback Tom Banks said while the Wallabies were close there was still much room for improvement.

 

"We know the All Blacks are going to be a lot better, but for us as a group, we've still got so much growth in us, and I know it's a cliché to say, but it's that 80-minute performance.

 

"If we go out and take it to them, win the territory battle off the back of good defence, we put them under pressure. That's the game plan for us and [let's] see how they react," he said.

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