Israel Folau admits the Wallabies are “in a hole” and can only climb out of it with an attitude adjustment in the second Test against England.
Australia must win Saturday night’s clash at AAMI Park to keep the three-Test Cook Cup series alive and Folau promised they will come out firing after the disappointment of their 39-28 defeat in Brisbane.
Fullback Folau was one of the Wallabies’ most influential players and had a hand in both of Australia’s two early tries, but said a consistent effort was the only way to make their dominance last for longer.
“We’re just in a hole at the moment,” Folau said.
“I guess it’s an attitude thing.
“We learnt a lot from the game last week and now that its done and dusted we’ve been working really hard together as a team when we’re on the training paddock and hopefully we can go out there and deliver.
“That’s the situation that we’re in and the last thing we want to do is go into our shells so we want to be playing footy as well and I think we’ll be doing that on the weekend.”
The backline is the only part of the team left untouched by Wallabies coach Michael Cheika after he made sweeping changes to the front, second and back rows of his forward pack.
Folau seemed to thrive in the team’s new attacking set-up, which featured debutants Samu Kerevi at No.12 and Dane Haylett-Petty on the wing, and offered the cross-code superstar plenty of chances to burst through the line with well-timed runs from the backfield.
“Someone like Kerevi who had his first Test, I thought he did quite well,” Folau said.
“We can take a lot of positives out of last weekend and try to roll into this week but there’s plenty of room to improve.”