Wallabies must fix "lapses" ahead of Boks battle: Folau

The Rugby Championship
by Sam Phillips

The Wallabies must address a lack of "urgency" and mid-game "lapses" if they are to reverse their alarming form slump against the Springboks, according to Israel Folau.

The Australians spent Monday reviewing another Bledisloe Cup defeat and while Folau said the team is now firmly focused on beating the Boks, the attitude on display against the Kiwis was clearly still front of mind.

"When I talk about (attitude) it's little moments in the game where some guys lapse and kind of switch off," he said.

"There is no sense of urgency in wanting to kill that play straight away.

"It's something that we need to get on as a team - (get) on the same page.Folau isn't buying into public perception of the Wallabies. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart Walmsley"We can fix that and that will come.

"Fixing those lapses and turning a pair of solid first halves against New Zealand into an 80 minute performance will hold the Wallabies in good stead come Saturday.

"We are working hard - really hard - and the effort is there," Folau said.

"It's just a matter of turning that effort and a 50 minute performance into an 80 minute one.

"Both games we played well in the first half but unfortunately footy is a game of two halves - not just one.

"We're close but it's still not good enough."

A win will also ease mounting public pressure on the group, though that's an element of the game Folau did not wish to entertain on Monday.Folau is racing the clock to line up against the Springboks. Photo: Rugby Australia/Marty Cambridge"Within the circle the guys are alright," he said.

"It's when guys start reading into that stuff and really believing that stuff where it seems to affect them.

"There is no doubt that when you get results things start going well, the chat starts being positive but that's something we can't control.

"It's a cliche but we will take it one day at a time and just worry about this week."

One element the Wallabies can control is the tactics they employ.

The last time they played at Suncorp a cross field kicking masterclass from Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale consistently put Folau in space, culminating in an 18-9 win.

That ploy seems to have been parked in the matches since but Folau indicated it may be brought back in search of a win on Saturday.

"That part of our game is always there," he said.

"It's something we have in our armoury each week and we will do it if the opportunity presents itself.


"We didn't do it in the last couple of weeks but it's something we are always trying to encourage and getting guys to execute that skill when the opportunity is presented."

Suncorp is also the scene of the 23-18 win over the All Blacks in the third Bledisloe Cup Test last year.

That was a watershed moment for Michael Cheika's men but recent results count for little come kick off this weekend.

"It's going to be a tough game on the weekend and we've had some really good games at Suncorp in the past but that's not going to help us this week," Folau said.

"We need to turn up and deliver and try to get the result that we want."

The Wallabies face the Springboks at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday, kicking off at 8pm AEST, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Channel Ten and RUGBY.com.au radio.