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Qantas Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie is confident his new-look team can bounce back after consecutive defeats to the All Blacks and beat the Springboks in the Wallabies next Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship match in Brisbane on September 7th.
McKenzie said he has seen some promising signs in his first two matches in charge of the Wallabies, especially in attack.
''Philosophically we've moved into a new space, I'm quite pleased when I look at the numbers, the ball movement” he said after the Wallabies 27-16 loss to the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday night.
“We're actually using the full width of the field and all the players in the game are getting through the line and breaking tackles.”
''We ran a couple of hundred metres more than [New Zealand] did this week, we ran 400 metres more than they did last week.”
“In the end we'll keep doing that, we'll get better at how we control the ball in those moments … we'll get pay out of that sooner or later.''
McKenzie was also adamant the Wallabies new attacking philosophy would continue.
''We're not going to shy away from the fact that we want to use the ball and use skill and the only way we're going to get better at that is by doing it,'' he said.
''You could shut things down and play field position, but the only way we're going to get better at using our skills is to play under pressure.''
"I think we advanced in the balance of the game but the error-rate - in different areas and different people (to the first Test) - made it hard to sustain pressure.”
"We didn't make any progress there but we did make progress in the flow of the game.''
He will also consider possible changes to the Wallabies line-up for Brisbane.
"It is a different team. There will be different strategies." said the formers Reds and Waratahs head coach. "The base game doesn't change. We will have a different focus. We'll go back and have a look at the team again for sure.
"I have to have a look at what the contribution was and whether guys are improving and understanding where they fit into the team and what we need to do against the Springboks.
"It is a different game completely, so we'll have a good look at that."
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