Undeterred by a quiet outing against Fiji, Wallabies No.10 Bernard Foley is confident Israel Folau and the rest of Australia’s backline can find their World Cup spark.
Folau was one of the few constant threats confronting the Fijian defence in Cardiff on Wednesday, but even the two-time John Eales medallist was unable to truly get going in the 28-13 win.
Foley had his bright moments, including a superb cut-out pass early on that found Rob Horne but the winger grassed it.
Ultimately it was an inauspicious start to the tournament for the much-vaunted Wallaby backline, often tagged the most dynamic in world rugby.
Foley, who was starting alongside halves partner Will Genia for the first time, was encouraged by the opportunities and said their finishing would improve as the tournament goes on.
“We were definitely excited with the opportunities we created,” he said.
“There were times we could’ve finished a bit better or been able to throw that last pass.
“In saying that we were still creating opportunities and that’s what we ask.
“But it was a really good stepping stone for us starting this tournament.
“Izzy is great when we can create some space for him and get him the ball.
“But there are so many potent players in that backline that if we can (continue to) create, I’m sure we can finish better.”
Save for one wayward pass from Genia which evaded Foley’s clutches, the two combined well in their first outing and laid down the gauntlet to back-up halves Nick Phipps and Quade Cooper, who get their chance against Uruguay on Sunday.
Foley said Genia’s experience made him an easy teammate to mesh with, and that their combination would only get better.
“Will’s a very mature footballer,” he said.
“He’s played a lot at Test level, so that maturity and experience that he brings is quite invaluable.”