Australia: Wallabies striving for consistency after Springbok victory

The Wallabies are looking for consistency after a sparkling 25-17 win over the Springboks in the third round of the Rugby Championship at the Adelaide Oval.

The victory was much needed for coach Dave Rennie and his side to bounce back from their record loss to Argentina in Round Two, as the side looks to build momentum in the wide-open Rugby Championship this season.

Looking to back up Springbok win

Test rookie Jed Holloway underlined how the team has not put together two solid performances consecutively this season, which is the training goal this week.

“Our preparation has been built around consistency (this week) because it’s something we haven’t done this year is put together two back-to-back performances,” Holloway told reporters.

“It’s purely been around being better and ready for them to be better as well.”

Utility back Reece Hodge echoed the sentiment and claimed everyone in the Wallabies squad is raring to go in Sydney for their second clash against the Springboks.

“We’ve had a habit since I’ve been involved with the Wallabies of not being able to back up good performances the week after and string wins together,” Hodge said.

“Last year in the Rugby Championship we did so to an extent there with four in a row into Spring Tour and we made it five against Japan but aside from that, we’ve struggled to back up performances

“It’s definitely something we’ve addressed. It’s a challenge (for) this group this week and I think everyone is excited by the challenge, especially at a brand-new stadium that none of us have played at before in front of a sold out Sydney.”

Strength in midfield

Hunter Paisami and Len Ikitau’s midfield pairing was magnificent against the Springboks, nullifying the settled pairing of Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo Am.

Ikitau was pleased to have Paisami back and said playing alongside some fellow Brumbies in the backline helps with synergy.

“It’s been good having Hunter back after missing Argentina,” Ikitau said.

“With (Nic) Whitey and Noah (Lolesio), I’ve played with them all year at the Brums so it’s awesome to have that (connection).

“Playing with Noah, it was more about giving him that opportunity to play his game and give him the confidence to play his game. For us as centres, it’s giving him the confidence to do what he does and react to what he does. It was awesome to see him play well this week.”

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