Gold Coast ghosts not haunting Wallabies in Argentina

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by Beth Newman

There’ll be no Gold Coast ghosts haunting the Wallabies in Salta, back Tom Banks says.

The Salta Test is a must-win in large part because of the Wallabies' defeat on that night, a result that put immense pressure on Australia's players and staff.

Banks was not in the Wallabies 23 that night, released back to the NRC, watching from afar as the Aussies suffered a shock home defeat to the Pumas.

The 24-year-old is all but certain to be a part of this clash in Argentina's north after Jack Maddocks returned home with a hand injury.

Israel Folau had a chance to steal the game for the Wallabies in the final seconds but opted against passing to Bernard Foley deep in attack and Australia was relegated to defeat.

Folau’s decision came on the back of a series of errors but the fullback copped plenty of flak post-match for the call.

Banks said the Wallabies superstar, and the rest of the team, had moved on from that moment as they ready themselves for the weekend's clash.

“He had a good game, he scored that unbelievable try and he's not focused on what people are saying,” he said.

“I don't think think he looks at social media.

“The things he brings to the team, he's an unbelievable player. He's not worried about that.

“You can never really boil it down to one single person.

“There are aspects of the game in which we can definitely do better but I suppose every team can do that.

“It's just trying to find ways to go better as a whole, not an individual.”

The Wallabies are hoping to end a run of three straight losses when they head to Salta for the first time with just two wins from their past 10 Tests.

Banks said they couldn’t ignore that record but at the same time, it couldn’t consume them.

“You can't really avoid it, you've got to look hard and realise we have lost eight out of the last 10,” he said.

“But what we're trying to build towards as a team is bigger than that. As a team, we've got to realise we can keep building mentally and then the wins will come after that.

“With the losses, you've just got to put that behind you and try and build each week.

“It's tough at international level, wins don't come easily and we've figured that out. It's just trying to fine tune those last little points and hopefully we can do that.”

The Wallabies take on Argentina on Sunday October 7, kicking off at 9:40am AEDT, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and Channel Ten.