Whole different week for Wallabies

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by Beth Newman

For the first time in 2016, the Wallabies come into a Test looking to back up a win and captain Stephen Moore says it has changed their mindset ahead of their Pumas clash. 

Australia held off the Springboks in Brisbane but coach Michael Cheika said there was an air of anxious desperation in the back end of the game, one that he said a victory would help quell.

Stephen Moore says the Wallabies are getting rid of their enxiety. Photo: ARU Media/Stu WalmsleyMoore echoed those thoughts on Friday, speaking at the side's captain's run.

“When you don't get the results you want, when it swings around a bit you can almost be a bit hesitant,” he said.

“So we’re just taking our opportunities a bit more in attack, just playing our game. Playing the way we want to play the game.

“When you don't get the results your confidence can be down, and your belief. We've tried to build that up as the week's gone on, and used the positivity around to try to go forward with that.

“When you come off a run of losses, you might do things differently than you have in the past in those situations.”

Argentina challenged the All Blacks scrum last weekend. Photo: Getty ImagesWhile the Pumas have shown much more attacking flair this season, Moore said their forward pack had not been neglected.

“That's (the scrum) certainly an important part of their game no doubt. I know everyone talks a bit more about the way they attack and their backs, but that's still very central to the way they play.

“They've got a powerful scrum. They always have. So we'll expect a big battle there tomorrow.”

Saturday night’s Perth Test is the last home Test for the Wallabies this year and Moore said it was one they had targeted to leave a good taste in Australian fans’ mouths.

Playing at home in front of our fans and our people is a big part of what we do,” he said.

“We certainly would have liked to have had a few more results go our way. We isolated these last two games as an opportunity to probably restore a bit of that, and tomorrow is an opportunity again to do that.

“It's certainly not lost on the team.”