All Blacks eye Genia-Foley-Beale combo

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by Sam Phillips

In Will Genia, Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale, the Wallabies have a trio of playmakers pushing their attack to a new level.

That's the view of All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster, who said coach Michael Cheika settling on that trio had made the world of difference to the Wallabies' attack.

"It’s probably the first time for a few years that they have been settled," Foster said.

"They’re probably reaping some rewards out of that and they have a lot of good players.

"It looks like there is a bit of confidence there and a bit of understanding of how they want to play.Kurtley Beale has been in career best form for the Wallabies this season. Photo: Getty Images"It’s key to any team to get your key drivers, your key decision makers knowing each other’s game and playing well together."

The Wallabies have repeatedly spoken to the importance of providing front foot ball for their backs and when they get said ball, they have an attack capable of beating the best team in the world.

They showed that in Dunedin and Foster said he had been impressed with the team's shape when they do get clean pill.

"They have been working hard to get a lot of front foot ball to play with and come forward, they certainly did that in large spells against us in Dunedin and showed that they like to get front foot ball so they can run at you and manipulate," Foster said.The Wallabies went agonisingly close to a boilover in Dunedin. Photo: Getty Images"They’re very capable of doing that.

"I am sure when they look at the championship they will have regrets regarding how some games have gone but overall, they do look pretty clear about what they want to do."

All Blacks lock Sam Whitelock shared Foster's view.

"They're playing with a lot of confidence and when they're playing with that confidence they can be very dangerous," Whitelock said.

"We'll be making sure we are genuine in our prep and they will thinking exactly the same.

"If you can do that, you give yourself the best opportunity to perform."

The Wallabies take on the All Blacks on Saturday October 21, kicking off at 7pm local, 8pm AEDT LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Network Ten, Win and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO. Buy tickets here.

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